EDITOR: Kudos for the thoughtful and respectful article on the evolution of Rep. Jared Huffman’s choice to officially identify as a humanist (“Huffman the humanist,” Nov. 10).
As the lines between church and state become more blurred, and religious intolerance becomes more normalized, it was refreshing to hear of his stance, which reflects that of many of his constituents in Northern California. His honesty is especially courageous in the context of current-day Washington, where he reports for work.
I have long identified as a “spirit-filled agnostic,” meaning that while I happily appreciate that there are forces at work in my life that are older, wiser and more powerful than myself, I choose not to limit the mystery and wonder of those forces by naming them or by adopting the names others might prefer me to use. Life’s just more alive for me that way.
On the other hand, I respect the choices of all people to perceive and give thanks as they will: Namaste; blessed be; Insha’Allah; praise the Lord; have a nice day …
Let’s just keep our individual choices out of the law books, OK?
EDITOR: The decision to not send out an Amber Alert-style warning was an epic failure by the Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department. The excuse that it would have clogged roads is weak. They could have sent out rolling alerts — evacuate this area, followed by evacuate the next area, etc. Lives have been lost. The individuals who failed to make the correct decision should hang their heads in shame (and be removed from their positions).
Franken should go
EDITOR: I am a male Democrat, and I liked Al Franken. I am sad to say I think he should retire. I think he did a good job, and he wrote some wonderful books. “Giant of the Senate” was a primer for good governance. If a man like Franken doesn’t have moral certitude, then it’s never going to stop.
Donald Trump should never have been facilitated into office by the GOP. Bill Clinton should have been removed from office. Clarence Thomas should never have been made a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
It’s not a partisan issue. Women are more important than party.
Corrupting the system
EDITOR: How is it donors can threaten to pull campaign donations from lawmakers who don’t vote as donors demand and that isn’t considered the same as bribery? Does it not undermine the very fabric and definition of democracy? Elections are a farce if politicians can be bought and sold.
It’s evident in today’s politics that what the majority of Americans want is irreverent. Money is now the majority, and our votes are nothing more than a procedural nuisance. Money muddies definition, free speech, fair elections, our ability to control our own destinies and, most important, to know what the truth is.
Trickle-down economics is nothing more than an insult to your existence as without money you are nothing but a parasite.