EDITOR: After seeing Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” I feel compelled to write to those who will listen, especially to our city and county leaders, and to the people of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Let’s set a goal to make this beautiful part of the world 100 percent powered by renewable sources, i.e. solar, wind, geothermal. Other cities and countries have set lofty goals of increasing renewable energy power and many have succeeded or are well on their way toward success, including India and China. Even Costa Rica is 99 percent powered by renewable energy, 85 percent by hydroelectricity. Costs have dropped dramatically for solar energy and electric cars.
If you watch the movie, I think you will agree that the destruction to our planet, our only home, from greenhouse gases must stop. We really do need to do something. It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature, and she is letting us know. I would be proud to say Santa Rosa is one of the cities taking aggressive action against global warming. How about you?
History of sanctions
EDITOR: President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress has seen fit to impose “sanctions” on North Korea, as punishment for their misbehavior in the international community. There’s precedent for this action, of course: During Bill Clinton’s presidency, economic sanctions were imposed against doing business with Iran as a result of Iran’s misconduct. In Barack Obama’s presidency, sanctions were imposed on Russia for their misconduct.
Of course, as we later found out, Halliburton violated the sanctions against Iran with impunity, resulting in the Justice Department’s $7 million fine against Halliburton for profiting by enhancing Iran’s oil extraction and refining capabilities. Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton during that sanction period: despite as CEO ordering his company to ignore U.S. law and make millions violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, he continued to serve as GOP Vice President of the United States for eight years, currently enjoying his reputation as a voice for the “conservative” Right. And, as we found out, Exxon Mobil has recently been fined $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions against Russia, during the time Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon. Tillerson, of course, is our current GOP secretary of state. In addition, Hewlett Packard was also found guilty of ignoring U.S. sanctions against Russia, during the time Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was HP’s CEO.
It seems there is no shortage of prominent noteworthy Republican statesmen whose companies profited from doing business with politically sanctioned nations, in violation of U.S. policy and contrary to America’s best interests. I wonder who the NEXT rising GOP star will be, who earns a fortune ignoring U.S. sanctions, this time against North Korea? Whoever it is, I’m sure they too will be welcomed into the GOP political arena, as the other recent GOP traitors to our country have been.
Preserving public schools
EDITOR: This is in regards to the Aug. 7 editorial by the Orange County Register titled “Demonizing school choice does no one any good.” We’re hoping your intention in publishing this was tongue in cheek. If it was printed to express your support of the content, then we are disappointed and feel publishing it reflects disrespect for public-school teachers and their union.