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Trickle-up economics?

EDITOR: Too little has been said about trickle-up economics. This is where the majority of the benefits in a tax cut go to low- or middle-income citizens. We then either spend it, which is good for the economy and benefits corporations, or save it, which is then available for business investment. The net result is the same as trickle down, but the majority of people don’t have to wait for the benefits to slowly work their way down.

IRVIN KLEIN

Santa Rosa

Needed more than ever

EDITOR: After the devastating fires that terrorized the North Bay, two of Sonoma County’s major hospitals were closed due to fire and smoke.

A week following the fire, my heart and lungs mysteriously filled with fluid. While we still don’t know the reason for my malady, the fact is this: I was rushed to Sonoma West where I received potentially life-saving oxygen, monitoring, CT scan and medical care. Kaiser Hospital was still closed and only part of Sutter had opened.

Sonoma West was on overload caring for patients, doubling them up in patient rooms as well as in the ER area. Many patients were referred to San Francisco hospitals for further care. Nurses tended to me throughout the night.When it was determined that I needed to have my lung tapped, there were no beds available in Santa Rosa at either Sutter or Memorial. By some miracle, Sonoma West kept me overnight until a bed finally opened up the following day at Memorial.

While I was in the ER at Sonoma West, there was a child with an appendicitis, a young man having a psychotic break, a woman having a serious heart issue and many others cared for by the excellent staff at Sonoma West throughout the night.

Where would I and these other Sonoma County residents have gone? We need our community hospitals. We can’t count on three hospitals all in the same area to always be there for us in disastrous times.

I, for one, do not want to face the future without our community hospital, Sonoma West Medical Center.

JANE KRENSKY

Sebastopol

Children deserve no less

EDITOR: I commend the candor and the courage of the Press Democrat Editorial Board in publishing the Saturday editorial on the recently released Climate Change Special Report (“Climate report has dire predictions for California”). If we wish to remain in the role of responsible grown-ups, we must acknowledge that the climate crisis is real, we are all in this together and time is not on our side.

The transition to zero carbon emissions begins with the courage to speak the truth about the climate crisis. Our children deserve no less from us.

PETE GANG

Petaluma

Bonding time

EDITOR: Excellent coverage of the mental health effects of the fires’ devastation (“Red flags rise over mental health toll,” Sunday). Many people are searching for the rainbows as we begin to heal. Although our home survived, and we were only evacuated for a week, I will always treasure the family bonding while we stayed at my son’s home in Healdsburg.

Morning routines with an 11-, 7- and 3-year-old can be dicey. Witnessing the finesse of the family first-hand improved my mental health considerably.

KATHY KERST

Santa Rosa

He’s no Ali

EDITOR: It constantly amazes me how Donald Trump brags. He brags about everything to do with himself.

He doesn’t border on being egomaniacal, he personifies it. Everything he does is “like the world has never seen before.” It is the “greatest.” The “most successful” and on and on.

The only person I can think of that was such a braggart is Muhammad Ali who unabashedly announced to the world that he was simply “The Greatest.”

Maybe that is who Trump is trying to imitate.

He is successful in doing that — imitating. But unlike Ali, he is not the “greatest” — except when “unlike the world has never seen,” he is the greatest braggart.

PHILIP BOWMAN

Santa Rosa

Stories that reach out

EDITOR: I literally just sent a letter thanking your editor for consistently excellent reporting throughout the wildfires.

Now, I find myself compelled to write in thanks once more after reading your moving “Gratitude” profiles on Sunday of the extraordinary courage and kindness of first responders from all over the country, organizations local and beyond, and of ordinary citizens who rose to a level of humanity that most of us rarely see.

Especially in such divisive and frightening times throughout the country, no matter what occurs, it’s exactly this kind of selfless humanity that we need to keep aspiring to.

Such reporting gives me hope, as long as there are publications that show us this level of community — one that reaches across personal and political borders alike.

IRENE BARNARD

Santa Rosa

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