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Dismayed by delay

EDITOR: I am dismayed that it took the Sonoma County prosecutor 11 months to charge the driver of the pickup truck in the death of cyclist Amy Suyama (“Driver to be charged” Friday). The driver recklessly pulled into the lane of oncoming traffic on a very narrow road, causing two cyclists to crash — and one to die. If the driver had pulled into the oncoming lane of a motorized vehicle, forcing it to swerve off the road, would there be any question about who was at fault? Of course not. Cyclists are no different than motorized vehicles in their right to use a traffic lane, and motorists need to respect that fact.

So what if the truck didn’t make contact with the cyclist? So what that the precise dynamics may never be known? So what if another cyclist hit his brakes upon seeing the oncoming truck, and Suyama hit him from behind? So what if the cyclist was going “fast” (maybe 15-20 mph)? The inescapable fact is that Amy Suyama would be alive today if Courtney Rudin had not pulled into her lane. It’s only too bad the driver was only charged with a misdemeanor.


Santa Rosa

Consider the source

EDITOR: A reader was very optimistic about electric vehicles being the solution to salvation from carbon (“Electric idea,” Friday). Unfortunately 65 percent of electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuels. When you plug in your EV, you are, in many cases, using fossil fuels. Wind, sun, water and nuclear power is available but at this time electricity is 65 percent fossil fuel.



Dangers from tower

EDITOR: In response to the “Unwarranted fear” letter of July 9, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 forbids contesting the construction of cell phone towers due to health risks. The EPA had been conducting a study of the risks of constant low level electromagnetic frequencies on humans. The Federal Communications Commission confiscated the research and shut down the study. Studies in other countries found significant health risks.

The writer is correct that the distance from the tower diminishes its harmful effects, but I think the family mentioned in the story, Scott and Amelia Chapman and their children, will be living right next to the radiation all the time. Among the findings of these studies are increased cancers, sleep disorders, elevated blood pressure, headaches and memory loss.

The World Health Organization has deemed cell phone tower radiation a carcinogen. What entity will fund authentic studies?

Mentioned in neither the article nor the letter is the fact that the companies offer significant “rent” to these property owners, secured by a 30-year contract. So forget removal when the illnesses start showing up.

Does the Kunde family need this income at the potential sickening of their neighbors? Once the tower goes up, the property value of that neighborhood will go down, perhaps 20 percent, so the neighbors suffer doubly.



A matter of time

EDITOR: The clock is ticking. No longer can we essentially ignore Kim Jung-Un’s nuclear missile program without taking any actual military action to stop it. Except for one brief denunciation by President Donald Trump, the 21-year-old student Otto Warmbier’s recent murder at the hands of North Korean authorities has been ignored, allowed to go unpunished as our premature leader is preoccupied by the Russia matter.

Meanwhile, China not only has ignored our pleas to stop trade with North Korea unless it reins in its ICBM missile testing program it has increased trade with Kim’s oppressive and aggressively anti-American regime. Thus it has acted to help keep him in power. In no way is China our ally.

We’ve tried isolating North Korea, asking China to take similar action and encouraging international trading sanctions through the United Nations. Nothing will work other than a direct secret attack to kill a tyrant who enslaves his people and killed a bright, young American.

The irony is that while candidate Donald Trump talked national defense big time during his presidential campaign last year, his administration has taken no action against what is clearly the greatest threat to our national security in decades.

Frank H. Baumgardner

Santa Rosa

Expiration notice

EDITOR: The California Homeowners Bill of Rights AB 278 and SB 900 will expire on Jan. 1 if nothing is done. This will end prior written notice to borrowers of default or sale while home loan modification is pending. It would also end the borrower’s right to appeal.

Also ending would be the requirement to record rescission of foreclosure when the borrower has executed a foreclosure modification. Also ending will be the prohibition against collecting application fees or late fees while a loan modification is being considered. Thirdly, ending will be the mandate that all property documents be accurate and backed up with evidence.

This is the time to write your California legislators and urge them to extend the sunset date for the Homeowners Bill of Rights for five more years or permanently.

Let’s not have a repeat of the 2008 economic downturn. After all the settlements, the mortgage institutions paid fines but maintained their unethical business models based on fraud.

Get active. Letters have more weight than post cards, but a visit to Sacramento offices has even more weight than an email or a telephone call.