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Harris’ questions

EDITOR: The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee seems to think that Sen. Kamala Harris didn’t show proper respect in the questions she was asking, or how she asked them, of the top intelligence chiefs (“Harris criticized over questioning,” Thursday).

I think something else may be the real source of his discomfort. What Harris was exhibiting in her questions is something almost missing in the Senate today, and that is a show of spine to get at the truth.

I believe both Harris’ questions and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s reading of the Coretta Scott King letter were brave attempts to get at the issues.

TIM GONZALEZ

Sebastopol

Trump’s tweet

EDITOR: The bodies of the innocent dead still must have been warm when our sitting president twisted the words of London Mayor Sadiq Kahn to have it appear that Kahn was minimizing the terrorist attack that rained down upon his city. As part of his message, Kahn asked that citizens “not be alarmed by seeing more police officers on the streets.” Trump’s tweet turned Kahn’s message on its head: “7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ ”

Why was I so shocked? Delivering such a heinous falsehood is consistent with Trump’s character. Why did he do it? During the 2016 campaign, Kahn criticized Trump for his anti-Islamic stance and endorsed Hillary Clinton. Presumably, this was Trump’s attempt to get back at Kahn.

Way to pick your timing, Donald. But regardless of your motive, shame on you.

I hope citizens of the world know how mortified the majority of Americans are with each new callous and craven performance that’s presented by our president. And I hope Londoners know that Americans stand in solidarity with them in this time of mourning.

KATHY TIMBERLAKE

Healdsburg

Nuclear insanity

EDITOR: It is with great disbelief and tremendous disappointment that I realize that so many people feel that world peace can only — and should only — be maintained by mutual threats of nuclear obliteration (“Trump, NATO and credible deterrence,” Charles Krauthammer column, June 3).

How can so many human beings be living with so much anger and mistrust of other nations that the world is constantly dangling from the thinnest of threads? I often wonder if most of us aren’t basically mad. How do we manage to go on living knowing that at any moment we may hear civil defense sirens warning us that we are going to be incinerated? How do we go on living with this grave and absolutely unnecessary threat to our lives with hardly a word of protest? And go on living without at least asking how this craziness can be happening to the highest and most intelligent species of life on Earth.

Are we not acting with great foolishness to go on accepting this most grave peril to our lives without even speaking out for our basic rights as human beings to live on a sane planet — one without nuclear weapons?

RAMAKUMAR JONES

Fairfax

SRJC labor debate

EDITOR: I read in the paper about Santa Rosa Junior College and project labor agreements (“Trustees to weigh disputed labor deal,” Sunday). We’ve only heard from organized labor and non-union contractors on the issue. How about hearing from union contractors? Yup. We do exist.

The National Electrical Contractors’ Association proudly represents union electrical contractors right here in Sonoma County. We offer dignified wages, a wholly subsidized health plan for families, a pension plan retirees can actually live on and an accredited training program.

We have always believed in investing in our employees and the community where we live. This is not a new, feel-good PR trend for us. We aren’t averse to providing the pay and benefits labor deserves. Therefore, we aren’t afraid of PLAs. We, as employers, support PLAs. The ever-increasing widening of the wage/class gap stops here. So sorry that employers against PLAs find compensating hardworking employees so horrifying.

ANISA THOMSEN

Redwood Empire Chapter, National Electrical Contractors’ Association

Petaluma

Comey’s confession

EDITOR: A headline on Saturday’s front page read, “Trump calls Comey ‘leaker.’ ” It should have read, “Comey confesses to Congress he leaked information.” Your headline exposes your bias and doesn’t present the truth of the matter.

GLENN GRIGG

Healdsburg

Government’s role

EDITOR: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. This is a statement made by Ronald Reagan and echoed by many people in our county, state and nation. Government has a role, and it isn’t single-payer health care or manipulating wages and rent control or banning plastic bags, leaf blowers, sweet drinks and smoking. It isn’t bailing out industries or redistributing wealth. Nor is it the job of government to regulate us to the brink of our liberty.

DEBBIE LeBOY

Rohnert Park

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