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Texas disaster

EDITOR: My heart goes out to the folks in south Texas who are suffering from Hurricane Harvey. They say that this is a 500-year event. Unfortunately, we have had three of these events in the past 10 years. I have a lot of friends in Texas because of our shared interest in breeding African hoof stock and conservation. We have many common interests, but we disagree on the impact of global climate change. I attribute this to the fossil-fuel industry’s influence and Fox News (the Murdoch family).

I am not a climatologist, but I understand the chemistry and physics of climate change, and it is very real and sobering.

The lack of understanding within a divided country is very sad, especially as I look around the world and don’t see these kinds of separations in other industrial countries. Ecowatch reported that 50 Nobel laureates in the sciences, medicine and economics named President Donald Trump and his “ignorance” as the top threat to the world population.

I hope that this disaster and, unfortunately, future weather calamities will wake up our society to understand that climate change is by far our most pressing problem. You cannot pollute our planet unabated without suffering consequences.


B Bryan Preserve

Point Arena

Men and violence

EDITOR: I don’t want to minimize the murder of a woman by her undocumented partner, but I want to remind people that the majority of killings of women in the United States are at the hands of male citizens.

The real and, seemingly, intractable problem is the conscious and unconscious belief that women are men’s property to do with as they wish.

Domestic abuse is the leading cause of injury to women. More than three women are murdered every day. One-half of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic abuse. The majority of women who commit abuse have been victims themselves first. And to top it off, domestic abuse is more than twice as common in the families of members of our esteemed law enforcement as it is among the general population, and prosecution for that abuse is much lower.

Robert Grundman (“Helping criminals,” Letters, Tuesday) lives in Rohnert Park, where his City Council sits stone-faced and stone-hearted when faced with excessive force by its own law enforcement officers. Has Grundman raised his voice about any of this?

We’re inclined to work on easy “solutions.” The real solution is harder — ending a violent culture run by violent males who believe they should rule the roost. It’s about violence, not documents.


Santa Rosa

An un-American move

EDITOR: Repealing DACA was a disgraceful move. President Donald Trump hides behind a shroud of Christianity, yet repealing DACA is an un-Christian act, punishing children for the acts of their fathers. Trump continues to sit on his throne of superiority and distance himself from the people. The Dreamers whom I know are more American than our president will ever be.



Trump’s hypocrisy

EDITOR: Watching Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ White House press briefing where she continually repeated “rule of law” as the reason that President Donald Trump rescinded DACA, I was disgusted and shocked by the blatant hypocrisy.

Never mind that Trump also signed an executive order banning Muslims from this country, yet, with no sense of shame, said that Barack Obama’s executive order for DACA was “overreach and unconstitutional.”

Let us not forget he also recently pardoned ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose crime was to ignore federal law in his continued harassment of Latinos in Arizona. Where was Trump’s deep love of the law at that time?

It’s time to face facts: Trump is a liar, a misogynist, a racist and a bigot, and he will not change. We, the people, have to adapt, but we should never normalize his behavior nor hope he will change. He won’t. And the reason I and my friends continue to be shocked by him is that we are decent people, and he is not.

It will be a very long 3½ years. I think, for my mental health, I’ll stop watching the press briefings.



Lee statues

EDITOR: Some claim that statues of leaders of the Confederacy such as Robert E. Lee are educational. I can’t deny that. The problem is that they aren’t educationally specific.

Statues of Lee on his famous steed Traveler are usually static. The horse should be in full gallop, bringing to life how Lee fled from Gen. George Meade at Gettysburg or ran from Gen. Ulysses Grant until the white supremacists collapsed in the Overland campaign.

For those opposed to military imagery, a civilian Lee presentation could rest on the 200 slaves he owned (worth a fortune in 1860). Historians have found evidence that Lee had black women whipped for what he called insolence. Our education in American history is incomplete without statues of Lee, whip in hand, punishing insolent women tied to wooden posts.

We could markedly improve our nation’s grasp of reality with a monument to this whipping outside every courthouse in America.


Santa Rosa

Affordable housing

EDITOR: Jack Cabot (“Housing? No thanks,” Letters, Aug. 29) said that building affordable homes for our children and grandchildren would diminish the beauty of Sonoma County, a statement reminiscent of “let them eat cake.” We taught our children the importance of getting good grades and working hard to achieve success. Now all they want is a safe and affordable house to raise their children in — in their hometowns.



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