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War-friendly Obama

EDITOR: The irony in James Passage’s letter (“Rescind War Powers Act,” Sept. 2) is so amazing that it needs a paraphrase:

I need not recite the actions of President Barack Obama that prove that he set the record as the only president to involve the U.S. in constant war for his two full terms.

I recommend that his undeserved Nobel Peace Prize be rescinded. We might have survived some of the craziness that flowed from the White House, but we are severely damaged from the reign of an impetuous Democrat Party perennially led by an enfant gâté.

The risk to all the people of the world from irresponsible actions by Obama is beyond calculation. This is a nonpartisan matter. Congress should have acted to preserve as much safety in the world as possible.

Unfortunately, the Democratic Party doesn’t care that Obama was the most war-friendly president this nation has ever had.

RON SONDERGAARD

Sebastopol

Trump’s Russia meeting

EDITOR: The definition of irony: Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians to be sure that Hillary Clinton is fit to be president of the United States of America.

LLOYD LAUB

Santa Rosa

Rush to judgment

EDITOR: Congratulations to the Sonoma County supervisors for rushing to approve the Knights Bridge Winery project (“Supervisors back Knights Valley winery,” Aug. 23).

Just as our harvest begins, in a year of good rains, our last well is barely recharging. This is the first time it has ever happened so dramatically. We own the property adjacent to the project, and where county policy legally requires surrounding properties’ groundwater be protected when permitting discretionary land use. The developers’ deal in the public hearing for “no net water increase,” when they already pump more than any nearby neighbor, doesn’t hold water.

The supervisors had no qualms approving a project based on consultants working for the developer rather than granting the public the environmental impact report we requested. We met with board members to discuss the multiple new wells for the 10-bedroom, 10-bath estate, swimming pool and guest home, but granting a permit for the proposed winery took precedence.

Our 40 years of experience in the ag preserve growing grapes had no merit or influence, and now our wells have drained. Shame on the county for not representing the people who are the backbone of agriculture in favor of outside money. Is this the way democracy works?

MEREDITH and BILL BLAU

Knights Valley

Statutes and history

EDITOR: Why does the media perpetuate the mistaken idea that the removal of statues is tantamount to erasing history? Statues aren’t history. You cannot and will not erase history by removing a statue. The implication is moronic. Please stop.

JEFF MULANIX

Santa Rosa

North Korean distraction

EDITOR: North Korea has nothing to gain and everything to lose if they sent a missile to another country. It isn’t going to happen.

I believe this hype is just a distraction from Russian interference in the election, deporting undocumented foreigners (after we said we would let them stay), lowering corporate taxes (so big business will have more money to make contributions to politicians who will keep taxes low for corporations), building a wall, etc.

My guess is after Donald Trump’s executive orders are completed, thereby making the rich richer, Republicans will impeach him and brag about getting rid of him. They will then make no changes and enjoy all the benefits that help the 1 percent.

The deficit that the GOP continually complained about during the Obama administration will increase just like it did in the Bush years. Barack Obama had a deficit because he had to repair the mess made by the Bush administration. The day when the dollar goes kaput is coming sooner, not later.

LEONARD RIEPENHOFF

Santa Rosa

Korean missiles

EDITOR: One question has been bugging me ever since North Korea began flexing its muscles like “The Mouse That Roared.” If our government takes the Koreans seriously, as it is beginning to look as if it should, with all of the billions of dollars that we, the American taxpayers, have spent on Star Wars technology, why can’t we just neutralize their missiles on the launch pad or, better yet, destroy them immediately after launch? Or do we not want to let the world know just what capabilities we really have yet?

JOHN COLLEY

Sonoma

Recycling bags

EDITOR: When the Ratto Group stopped collecting plastic bags we found out that we could bring plastic bags to various places in Santa Rosa: most Safeways, Friedman’s Home Improvement, Target. There probably are others. Of course, it would be more convenient if Recology collected them, and it should be its responsibility, but until then we don’t have to toss our plastic bags into the landfill.

DEANA ABRAMOWITZ

Santa Rosa

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