Taxes and services
EDITOR: So it seems that Raleigh Chaix doesn’t like the new gas taxes and vehicle registration fees (“Democrats and taxes,” Letters, Sunday). I think it’s safe to say no one likes tax increases, but what are you willing to give up? Roads? Parks? Education? Most of us have programs we believe are necessary and can list ones we could do without.
It’s expensive to live in our part of California, but as someone who moved here many years ago from a low-tax state, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. The outpouring of generosity in the aftermath of the recent fires offsets any negative impact of public policy.
As for blaming Democrats, I assume Chaix opposes the Republicans’ deficit-expanding tax cut bill.
Trump and North Korea
EDITOR: I’m deeply worried by President Donald Trump’s continual escalation of tensions with North Korea, a cycle that seems like it could easily devolve into nuclear war. It feels like we’re just one tweet away from a conflict that could turn nuclear, which would put millions of lives at risk.
That’s why I’m calling on my members of Congress to support the Lieu-Markey bill. This bill would introduce much-needed checks and balances on the president’s absolute power over the U.S. nuclear arsenal by requiring congressional authorization of any nuclear first strike ordered by the president.
Rethinking fire agencies
EDITOR: With the firestorm response coming under close scrutiny as well as the loss of tax base to those areas most impacted by the property losses, it’s time for serious consideration of a unified Sonoma County fire district.
Creating a countywide district would allow sharing of resources, personnel and funds across the numerous districts that have tried to eke along on their own for so long. This consolidated approach has worked in Marin County for many years.
Considering how the fires knew no civic borders, perhaps it’s even time to consider one fire district to include both the county and the towns and cities.
EDITOR: This year’s Veterans Day will be unlike previous years. I, like many others, have been touched by the tragic wildfires that have changed the landscape and lives of our friends and neighbors. On Saturday, the first responders will be honored with all our veterans at the North Bay Veterans Parade in Petaluma.
I invite all women veterans to participate with us. There are many women, those who have served and also those on active duty in our communities.
Please join us at Walnut Park, and walk with us, as we honor you and all the other veterans and all the safety professionals. We represent women from all branches of service, serving from World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and to the present.
ROSE K. NOWAK
President, Redwood Empire Unit 77, Military Women Across the Nation
EDITOR: My heart breaks for the people of the small church in Texas that was the victim of the latest “worst shooting” (this time in a house of worship) in America. But, excuse me, where was the tweeter-in-chief’s deep concern for the people who lost their lives and the hundreds more who lost their homes here in Northern California?