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Guerneville substation

EDITOR: I was shocked when I read the article about the possibility of a Guerneville sheriff’s substation closure (“Shock over cutback plan,” Wednesday). I have lived here for 20 years and part-time for 57, and I can’t imagine a worse scenario for our town.

The substation is ideally located near some of the worst problem areas and acts as a deterrent to drunk and disorderly acts that occur on the riverfront only a couple of blocks away.

We are lucky to have a fine group of fair-minded deputy sheriffs to protect us, but even they need a place to take a break. A place of their own. Also, the substation offers a gathering point for them to coordinate local efforts whether they are criminal, searching for missing loved ones or disasters.

Please don’t rob our town of our deputies’ home.



Keep SR affordable

EDITOR: I am writing concerning Measure C, the rent stabilization ordinance in Santa Rosa. As a resident, I am concerned with the limited housing available to young families and others attempting to make Sonoma County home. Our county is ranked among the top 10 communities in the nation for housing shortages, as well as being one of the least affordable places to live.

I believe it is important to pass this measure to prevent huge rent hikes and the boxing out of young families.

Opponents of this measure suggest that it will neither create new housing nor house currently homeless people. This may be true, but if we do nothing to cap the greed of landlords, more people will become homeless.

I have watched what has happened in San Francisco. Many of my friends have had to move out of the city as rents have gone out of control. Businesses that have been staples of neighborhood communities have been forced to shut their doors due to increases in rent. Do we want this in Santa Rosa? San Francisco has seen a huge increase in homelessness and accompanying crime rates.

Let’s keep Santa Rosa affordable and safe. Please vote yes on Measure C.


Santa Rosa

Trump TV

EDITOR: Donald Trump seems to be starring in a TV series of his own creation, a far-fetched farce of incredible madness that has the whole world watching with rapt attention. Let’s call it “Leaky Blunders.”


Santa Rosa

Government ignorance

EDITOR: Simple question: Why is rent control to be imposed upon only 20 percent to 30 percent of potential rental housing? The unrestricted landlords would have additional market incentive to raise rents. My incentive is to sell (to someone who will start rent at any level), except that my property is covered by rent control that lowers my value. Government’s “I’m here to help” and public ignorance are the biggest threats to investment.


Santa Rosa

Women’s health funding

EDITOR: For the past century, Planned Parenthood has offered reproductive health services to citizens with a low socioeconomic status. Many lives are saved each year from the preventative health care screenings and services that are offered to underprivileged men and women who can’t afford insurance to see a doctor as well as to teens who feel uncomfortable or unable to speak to their parents.

The repercussions that may occur if the government elects to defund Medicaid and Title X could result in a larger number of crimes, perilous methods of abortion, an inflation of births, reproductive cancer and pregnancy-related fatalities.

If the government plans to cut this affordable health care program or make abortions illegal, this would result in taxpayers having to provide for the booming number in human population.

Most pregnant women who are uninsured or can’t afford to see a doctor during their pregnancy will be faced with some unimaginable choices.

I believe depriving people of health care options is not only dangerous but negligent on the part of government, especially when it involves the welfare of human lives. We need to start providing our citizens of all social classes and age with the same health care opportunities, instead of punishing them for their low socioeconomic status.


Boyes Hot Springs

Recycling headaches

EDITOR: I agree with Charles Myers’ comments and concerns about the difficulty in collecting recycling deposits on bottles and cans (“Recycling fees,” Letters, Saturday). I recently drove from my home in Healdsburg to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles at the facility outside Safeway on West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. After waiting in line for one hour and 15 minutes, I collected a ticket for $21.14 and then spent another 10 minutes waiting in line inside the Safeway store to receive the cash — hardly worth my time and effort involved.

There was quite an uproar when most of the recycling facilities closed in February 2016. It is now more than a year later, and nothing has been done to ease the inconvenience, which means that most of these materials are heading for the landfill, which defeats the purpose of recycling deposits to begin with.

I strongly feel that we should not be required to pay the recycling deposits until state officials reopen an adequate number of facilities to get our cash back. I can’t believe that more people aren’t raising their voices about this. Sure, it’s easy to place it in the blue can at the curb, but why should we give our “refund” to the garbage companies?