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.
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.
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
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.