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Democrats and taxes

EDITOR: The Democrats are having a hard time figuring out why they are losing elections all around the country. Since they haven’t figured out how to balance their checkbook, they just add new taxes (fuel) and new fees (vehicle registration). Don’t worry, eventually even Californians will get tired of it and vote for decent candidates.

RALEIGH CHAIX

Willits

Outrageous pensions

EDITOR: Arthur Horner (“Pension crisis,” Letters, Tuesday) admonishes local residents about their comments about the pension crisis we are facing in our cities and county. His position is that all civil servants — firefighters, police officers, teachers and other first and second responders — have worked and earned their pensions. In light of the recent emergency, his position seems reasonable.

What he neglects to mention is the often bloated pensions that far too many are receiving. Case in point is Susan Jones, the former police chief in Healdsburg who retired in 2010 at 90 percent of her $150,000 salary with full benefits at age 53. That’s $135,000 per year. Who would continue working when they can retire at 90 percent of their salary?

We aren’t attacking Horner’s concept of “modest and reasonable” pensions, just outrageous ones.

GEORGE WILSON

Santa Rosa

Help local businesses

EDITOR: On Oct. 17, 1989, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rumbled through Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda counties, leaving a path of death and destruction. The historic main street in Santa Cruz, closest to the epicenter, lay in ruins.

On Oct. 3, the Tubbs and Nuns fires ignited amid gale-force winds, quickly burning toward Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen and Kenwood. Death and destruction followed, as well as the loss of thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses.

In November 1989, huge tents were erected on lots left empty after the cleanup in Santa Cruz. That year, I did 100 percent of my Christmas shopping in those tents. I want to encourage the residents of the four counties affected by the fires to do 100 percent of their Christmas shopping in their own communities. No online shopping, no Amazon.com, just local businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. The Santa Rosa business community especially has taken a large financial hit. In addition, all four cities and counties will suffer from a major loss of tax revenue — again, especially Santa Rosa.

Let’s all forgo our growing addiction to online shopping this year and seek out local businesses in our communities. It’s one way we can help with the recovery.

KAREN KRESTENSEN

Santa Rosa

Revisit ridgetop housing

EDITOR: Years ago, when the city inappropriately allowed homes to be built on Rincon Ridge, countering the approved plan for the area, the rest of us felt betrayed that the view enjoyed by the many was sacrificed for that of the few.

Accelerated construction began, and we got a shrug with an “Oh, well, too late now.” And now, in response to suggestions that the burned ridge not be rebuilt in order to comply with the original, violated plan, Mayor Chris Coursey says, “That ship has sailed,” as in, get over it (“Revival retreading dangerous path?” Oct. 29). But this is a matter of governance and policy, not a ship.

The adage of the ship having sailed, meaning it’s too late to address the problem, comes from the days of ships that departed on the tide and returning against the tide wasn’t feasible. Well, the tide has turned. The original problem with the previously ignored resolution has reappeared, and it is feasible to revisit. We have the opportunity to not rebuild on the ridge, or must we?

If we are obligated to follow the same erroneous course we were rushed onto the first time, Mr. Mayor, please explain why this ship is unsteerable.

WAYNE MINSON

Santa Rosa

Seed the hills

EDITOR: Having spent the state’s money on solar panels, rail transit and social welfare, with little going to infrastructure, the politicians’ pants caught on fire on the eve of Fire Prevention Week. The governor said, as the fire raged, “we are on it,” while Sen. Dianne Feinstein made excuses for idle borate bombers the first three days. It was said that the precious truth must be cloaked in a blanket of lies. Thousands of people lost their homes. The next chapter of this tragedy may be another blindside to the politicians’ eyes. No seeding of the fire ravaged hillsides is being done as far as I can see. The next big surprise may be tons of mudslides. Let’s hope not. But why not give hope some help: seed the hills.

ROD HUG

Santa Rosa

Trump’s pain

EDITOR: If we feel inclined to be angry with President Donald Trump, it might make us feel better to consider that lying, bragging and bullying are typically techniques used by people who are afraid of others or ashamed of themselves. The president never lets a day go by without making liberal use of these three techniques, and certainly considering his ignorance and his history of ineptitude, he must be suffering serious feelings of anxiety and inadequacy.

Of course, it is a terrible misfortune for everyone that he is the president of the United States. We would be safer and better governed by someone braver and more self-confident.

But remember, the poor guy is in pain.

STEPHEN HAWKES

Healdsburg

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