EDITOR: While friends and families of congressmen watched in horror, a disgruntled protester took the extreme anti-Donald Trump movement from hostile acts to domestic terrorism. Social media and TV are generating so much hatred that people are going far beyond what we’ve experienced in the past few elections.
With the house so divided, recreational events for charities that cross party lines are a great way to get better cooperation between the two leading parties. This is one way to start breaking the gridlock in Washington.
There will be no trial for this heartless man as he died in the hospital, and fortunately nobody in either political party was killed.
People simply have to wait until the next election to make their point. Am I supposed to believe that Democrats are the more civil party next time around when you see one display after another like we’ve had? I am starting to regret ever voting for either party.
For the first time since 1980, I could not in good conscience vote for either candidate. Everyone needs to remember the civil war and the horrors it brought to our nation. Let’s not start another.
Petaluma housing plan
EDITOR: Addressing a meeting Sunday, Petaluma community leader Greg Colvin stressed the right of Davidon Homes Corp. to propose luxury homes in the pastoral open space adjoining Helen Putnam Regional Park. I join Petalumans for Responsible Planning in advocating their right.
I also join them in advocating that our City Council vigorously exert the rights of our community to have our general plan, zoning regulations, community interests and the California Environmental Quality Act upheld. What’s fair is fair.
I emphasize this because even though Davidon’s draft environmental impact report on Monday’s council agenda is sufficiently inadequate to appear insulting, it doesn’t disqualify Davidon from an honest hearing. For reasons I have detailed in testimony to the Petaluma Planning Commission on May 1, our council must reject the environment report and require a significant revision based on current data and complete facts.
The reasons include using outdated surveys, failing to include previous legal testimony of citizens and experts and hiring a consulting company whose principal has been convicted for illegal removal of the federally listed red-legged frog from a project site.
BARRY ALBERT BUSSEWITZ
EDITOR: I wonder how many people who have laughed in the past couple of weeks at Charlie Brown having to loan his baseball glove to a somewhat “rotten kid “ named Thibault realized that the real Thibault is Santa Rosa’s own Roland Thibault. Charles Schulz, a friend and fellow hockey player, immortalized “Frenchie” in two separate series of comic strips. Hats off to one of the greatest guys in the world, Roland Thibault. I’ve never before known anyone in the funny papers.
After the 1967 war
EDITOR: Fifty years ago this month, two of my brothers were in Ramallah, West Bank visiting some relatives. Ramallah was the ancestral home of my family until 1948, when we and 750,000 other indigenous Palestinians were forced out of our homes or had to flee as a result of the violence that erupted when Palestine was arbitrarily divided by the U.N., and 56 percent of it was given to the Jewish state.