The real elitists
EDITOR: Last year’s election and recent mass shootings have brought to mind a confluence of two pieces of anachronistic U.S. legislation.
Many people argue that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that the people are armed to prevent the country from being ruled by a tyrant. But the vast difference between the weaponry of the people and that of the U.S. military renders that argument silly.
Of the numerous arguments for the existence of the Electoral College, the most potent, I believe, is that the writers of our Constitution simply didn’t trust direct democracy. They were afraid that the people could elect a tyrant, and the Electoral College was to act as a firewall against that possibility.
It is interesting that while people would not consider using 18th century technology, they have no problem with 18th century laws. The problem, as always, is money. There are vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Those are the real elitists.
EDITOR: There are some better options for electing Santa Rosa City Council members. Representation is important, and currently all members could come from the same section of the city. However, if the city is divided into seven districts, each council member might only be concerned with his or her own district in order to be re-elected. This does not bode well for the future of the city.
It would make more sense to have four district members and three at-large members who would, hopefully, consider the issues of the city as a whole.
I am unsure why there are only five county supervisors, but the same process could work for them. It would be better to have seven, but four district members and one at-large might work.
I have seen very little reference to smart growth or new urbanism. Hopefully, a new election process might encourage a look at the Ahwahnee Principles, a visit to Portland, Oregon or a trip to Rail/Volution.
EDITOR: Turning on the TV on Monday morning, I saw the Las Vegas massacre. What will it take for our country to finally stand up and do something about the gun issue in our country? Is the National Rifle Association so powerful that we can allow all these shootings to continue? I wish I were young enough to take my four boys to a country that has better gun control. My grandchildren will have to deal with this madness.
EDITOR: Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and now the editorial board of The Press Democrat, with very few facts from a developing story, have decided gun control is the answer to the Las Vegas tragedy (“Reject the idea that nothing can stop mass killings,” Tuesday). Ironically, Donald Trump is regularly criticized by the editorial board on these very same pages for the very same uninformed, knee-jerk reactions. Really? Nice job, editors.
Trump’s social media
EDITOR: In the name of national and international security, it seems long overdue for either military or national security officials to confiscate and oversee all of the president’s social media accounts and devices.