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I recommend that his undeserved Nobel Peace Prize be rescinded.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.
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.
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
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.
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.