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The biggest bully

EDITOR; Donald Trump fits the category as the biggest, baddest bully on the block. He has made America look so bad that we are now the laughingstock of the world. No manners at all, he just bullied Republicans in Congress to vote against Obamacare or else. What do you call that?

What a disaster he is. I can’t believe the Boy Scouts allowed him to speak before the boys as he bad-mouthed his foes with impunity. I’m waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller to gather all the facts so impeachment comes as soon as possible.

THERESA EATON

Cotati

For universal health care

EDITOR: So Ron Felton (“Heath care: A commodity,” Letters, July 25) thinks that we need to “return” to a free market in health care. Yep, years of runaway costs predating Obamacare are his solution to this complex problem (who knew it was so complex?).

I’ll tell you who knew: those of us who have worked in health care for decades. I became a registered nurse in 1971, and I was as sure then as I am now that universal health care is the only compassionate solution for this problem.

We need to eliminate the middle man (insurance companies), control drug prices and cover every person. We have the means, and only cold-hearted individuals are standing in the way of the future (and our esteemed legislators with their lifetime Cadillac care plans).

NANCY KING

Santa Rosa

Government controlled?

EDITOR: Single-payer health insurance, which to me means government-run and controlled health insurance, concerns me.

Granted, I’m on Medicare and don’t profess to have the answers. But the plight of “baby Charlie” in England raises a worrisome point. The hospital and the “state” refused to allow his parents to remove the child and take it to the United States for an experimental procedure. The court, siding with the state, ultimately refused to even allow him to go home to die in peace with his parents. In effect he became the property of the state.

Then we have the State of Oregon determining, in its infinite wisdom, that a family has “limited cognitive abilities that interfere with (their) ability to safely parent the child” and they, the state, have the right to remove children from this family. Do a search on “Amy Fabbrini.”

One can never know all the details in either case, but to think that some agency of the government can exercise this much control over children and their parents is very scary. And, just my opinion, a version of these tragedies is a likely ultimate outcome of single-payer.

DON WALTENSPIEL

Santa Rosa

Never too old for kittens

EDITOR: I want to respond to a letter written by Sheri Graves who mentioned that she had been denied a kitten adoption based solely on her age of 73. I hope she will come to visit the Sonoma Humane Society. We would love to place one of our kittens, or any of our other deserving animals, in a loving home.

Your age does not diminish your ability to love, respect and care for an animal.

At the Sonoma Humane Society, we encourage the human-animal bond at every age. Pet owners in their senior and retirement years, who tend to be at home often and have more time to devote to animal care, can provide some of the most desirable homes for pets. At Sonoma Humane you’ll find discounts for senior adopters, as well as a pet guardianship program, Loving for Life, which provides pet owners with peace of mind for the future.

Love has no age limits and neither should a pet adoption.

CINDY ROACH

Executive Director Sonoma Humane Society

Facts about RoundUp

EDITOR: I would like to correct many inaccuracies in Megan Kaun’s recent letter regarding RoundUp (“RoundUp concerns,” Wednesday).

I read the summary article in the Lancet regarding the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s recent report. That organization did not find that glyphosate (the active ingredient) causes cancer. To the contrary, researchers stated that “there is limited evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.”

Regarding her statement that glyphosate has been implicated in numerous disorders, that is true. So have many other substances that humans encounter daily. Implication is very far from a finding of causation.

Glyphosate is not, as she says, an antibiotic, which attack bacteria. It is an herbicide which kills plants.

The conclusion she reaches from her error is that it is therefore harmful to the gut microbiome is false. In fact, bacteria are known to metabolize glyphosate, so, in fact, it is the other way around.

The adjuvant POEA is used in RoundUp as a spreader, which may cause skin or eye irritation. There is no link to any diseases, cancer or otherwise.

I am not a RoundUp advocate. It may develop that, in fact, there is a strong link between RoundUp and cancer, or other diseases, in which case, it certainly should be banned. However, spreading misinformation will not help this cause.

DR. JEFFREY A. RAPP

Healdsburg

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EDITOR: When President Donald Trump and the far right use the term “fake news” we all complain. But your front page article on July 27 (“Transgender ban stuns troops”) gave credence to their complaints about the media.

I read the paper through and through. No where in either article under the the headline “Transgender ban stuns troops” does there appear any evidence or proof that the troops are “stunned.”

I wish you wouldn’t play into the hands of the right wing with such statements. Leave the hyperbole to others, please.

JOHN TRAVINSKY

Windsor