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Congress should decide

EDITOR: DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was created by a Barack Obama executive order. Such a move with respect to immigration was, and remains, without legal support. The issue is now where it should have been in the first place: before Congress.

Let protesters and activists lobby their representatives to give DACA the proper, enforceable legal basis it should have and that will hopefully include each of the following: amnesty (yes, “amnesty,” because even the innocents brought here as children were, and are, here illegally) for those (a) without a criminal record; (b) in good standing at any legitimate educational institution; or (c) have a history of employment.

Such, in my view, are the kinds of people I would be glad to welcome as fellow citizens.

TOM FLIPPEN

Sonoma

Florida hurricanes

EDITOR: Gordon Koop’s letter regarding the Florida hurricane of 1935 was somewhat misleading (“Hurricane history,” Monday). Florida, by virtue of its location in the Atlantic Ocean, has always been prone to hurricane activity. Comparing climate science to fanaticism is absurd.

Science by definition is the antithesis of fanaticism. However, I did some quick research and found some interesting statistics about Florida hurricanes. From 1900 to 1974, Florida saw 193 hurricanes, or 2.6 per year. From 1975 to 1999, it had 83 hurricanes or 3.3 per year. From 2000 to 2016, it had 79, or 4.9 per year.

Probably had to do with man’s effect on our planet. You think?

ROBIN PFEFER

Sebastopol

Pay attention and verify

EDITOR: Page B1 in Friday’s paper contained two articles that are must-reads for anyone who cares about America’s politics. “How ‘dark money’ fueled climate-pact exit” explained how corporations and the wealthy, through a flaw in the federal tax code, are able to contribute millions of dollars anonymously to groups that have huge influence over our political decisions. The example the article used was climate change denial, but I am sure there are groups out there that represent every ideology.

An article headlined “Russia used fake US citizens to sway vote” explained how fake citizens used Facebook and Twitter to lead people to false stories and straight-up lies.

I suspect Ron Sondergaard may have gotten the idea for his letter (“War-friendly Obama,” Saturday) from an anti-American bot. After all, it was George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who started two unwinnable wars. That they didn’t conclude during the eight years that Barack Obama was president just proves they never should have been started.

In both cases, it is the gullibility of the American people, many of whom just want their preconceived notions verified, that makes the influence effective. Wake up. Pay attention. And, above all, verify.

LEW LARSON

Sebastopol

Honoring evil

EDITOR: A state that permits white people to own black people is condoning a shameful outrage. And people who direct the killing of their countrymen to defend this practice are defending evil. Why did we ever allow monuments honoring Confederate officers?

STEPHEN HAWKES

Healdsburg

Climate and weather

EDITOR: Let’s try this one more time with a simple and clear explanation so people don’t continue to write in with uneducated comments about climate change.

Weather and climate are different things. Weather is local and is observed by the day, week, month or even year. Climate is global and is observed by the decade and century. Weather changes daily, one day hot, next day cold. Rain comes and then disappears. Climate is the average of observable weather over long periods of time, such as air temperature, ocean temperature, location of the jet stream, etc.

No climate scientist would be shocked that in 1935 there was a Category 5 hurricane (“Hurricane history,” Letters, Monday). That was one event in one year. That was weather.

So what if it snows heavily in Washington giving Sen. James Inhofe (a member of the science committee?) a chance to throw a snowball in the Senate and declare climate change a hoax. That was weather.

But the long-term observations show that climate change is occurring, and it is heating up, the jet stream is shifting, the oceans are warming, and basic chemistry shows greenhouse gases are the cause.

Remember, no scientist is warning us about “weather change.” That would be silly.

SUSAN FUTCH

Sebastopol

The hurricanes’ voices

EDITOR: This is regarding your Thursday editorial “Hurricanes expose flaws in flood program.” Yes, indeed, hurricanes expose flaws and, for those who are listening, they reveal voices as well.

Harvey had a voice that was loud and clear. And Harvey’s sister Irma voiced her opinion too. Next the voices of the aftermath will come.

Were I seated in the Oval Office today, I would address the nation and the planet by sitting in front of FDR’s microphone, where I would say, “I hear the planet, speaking through the voices of Harvey and Irma, saying, ‘The only thing we have to fear is global warming lest we the human race become the petrified skeletons of tomorrow.’ ”

If the president, members of Congress and CEOs of American industry hear the voices today and lead our country out of the storms, the human race will hear their voices in perpetuity.

STEVEN R. CRAIG

Windsor

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