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Who is the aggressor?

EDITOR: It was an understanding between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not move into the former Soviet Republics. Yet what we see is a continued push by the U.S. to move into such, e.g. Georgia and Ukraine. Naturally Russia reacts as we have witnessed in Georgia and Ukraine.

Your Sunday editorial (“To Russia with love, from President Trump”) and most media essentially depict Russia as an enemy. With such hysteric fear promoted by the media and Congress, it should hardly be a surprise that Russia might consider the U.S. an enemy. Would you allow enemy missiles within inches of your borders?

The U.S. couldn’t tolerate missiles in Cuba, which were still hundreds of miles away from our coast. Russia has lived through devastating invasions by foreign troops, be it Napoleon’s or the German army’s. The German invasion of the Soviet Union killed 27 million persons and ruined the country. Russians have far more reasons to fear the presence of enemy troops near their borders than Americans have.

As for the alleged unacceptable interference with the U.S. election, it seems a rather mild form compared to the assassination through CIA actions of an elected president, such as Salvador Allende in Chile, to mention just one case.

HUBERT MOREL-SEYTOUX

Santa Rosa

More scrutiny needed

EDITOR: Thank you for the informative articles about the impending sale of the Chanate property. I am dismayed that the sale to a local developer could go through so swiftly and with so little discussion. There has been little public input and transparency in this process. The most recent public forum was in October of 2015. This isn’t the way to proceed with the county’s largest sale of land in recent history.

Sloan House is another concern. This shelter for battered women and their children is slated for demolition as part of the deal. I understand that it is always filled to capacity and has a waiting list. If the sale proceeds what will happen to these women and children? To add insult to injury, the building was built with private donations only about 10 years ago.

It is essential that the Board of Supervisors gets community input and considers the impact of the sale of such a valuable property on the current occupants of the area and assesses the future needs of people and groups who have relied on this property for decades.

KAREN PREUSS

Cotati

Sonoma State speech

EDITOR: Of course, a university must be a place where all sorts of views can be freely expressed (“Some SSU faculty blast president,” Thursday). However, it is also a place where graduates presumably are educated.

We who pay the taxes to support the university have a right to expect that its graduates will express their beliefs decently at a public university event where people of all ages, including children, are present.

I remember my grandfather telling 6-year-old me, “Someone who uses that kind of language has a poor education and a worse imagination.” If the shoe fits …

PATRICIA F. CLOTHIER

Santa Rosa

Rogue nation

EDITOR: With its executive orders, bombastic rhetoric, war on the free press, isolationist, destructive actions on international agreements and dismissive attitude toward the rest of the world, America has become what it used to fear. America has become an outlier, a rogue nation with nuclear weapons and an unstable leader.

This is a deadly combination. Draw your own conclusions.

ED LaFRANCE

Sebastopol

Healdsburg winery vote

EDITOR: Thank you for your excellent, thorough coverage on the Healdsburg winery application denial (“Winery likely to be denied,” June 2). Despite county staff’s recommendation for approval, the planning commissioners acted with integrity and truly served the public interest by voting 5-0 to reject this project thereby placing public safety, water and neighborhood concerns ahead of the developer’s.

It’s unfortunate that the developer is considering appealing to the Board of Supervisors to seek approval for a project that has been shown to create an unsafe situation on a section of the road where traffic tragedies have already occurred.

Bravo to our Planning Commission for asking the tough questions and upholding the county’s mandate that a project not be detrimental to the health and safety of neighbors, farmworkers, cyclists and wine-tasting visitors.

TODD EVERETT

Healdsburg

A show of ego

EDITOR: The reason graffitists and vandals malign things is because they don’t have the talent to create things on their own. So they satisfy their egos (which is the desire to make sure that they will be recognized in some way) by following through with destructive actions instead.

Now, take the U.S. ambassador to France’s comment that “Trump believes that the climate is changing.” While there might be the argument that Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord to negotiate a better deal, that doesn’t explain why he is trying to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, has refused to appoint someone to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency and attempted to quash American scientific studies that show that global warming is real.

I believe that Trump doesn’t know how to initiate constructive actions, so instead he’s going the let’s-destroy-America route, which will still fill his superego, as he will still make it big into the history books.

One part of this equation is to ignore, or worsen, the global warming situation.

CARL MERNER

Santa Rosa

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