EDITOR: When I was a kid, George Carlin made the seven words you can never say on TV famous. As a comedian and philosopher, he was fascinated by words and took great pleasure in poking fun at our government for trying to control our word usage. What would he say bout the seven words recently banned by our government for use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
The CDC’s purpose is, I think, evident in its name. Yet the Trump administration has banned it from using the words, “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based” (“Uproar over purported censorship at CDC,” Dec. 17)
If Trump and his flunkies want to play it safe, maybe they should ban words we need to describe them, including “absurd,” “cruel,” “divisive,” “embarrassing,” “fraudulent,” “incompetent,” “racist” and “willfully ignorant.”
EDITOR: It is hard to find a sure-fire bet in these turbulent times, but bet the farm on Donald Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller sometime this spring and the spineless Republicans doing nothing. If you want to parlay your play, bet on war with Iran or North Korea in the fall, near election time. If the Graton casino took bets on these things, Sonoma County could make more money than cannabis taxes would ever generate.
Thompson and taxes
EDITOR: Hypocrisy at its finest. Rep. Mike Thompson co-sponsored a massive tax cut for the alcohol industry in the tax bill (“Brewers, vintners, distillers win big,” Dec. 17). This is a terrible idea, but it satisfies his money sources. Then he said he opposed the overall tax package for the very reasons represented by the alcohol-related provision. That apparently is to placate those who voted him into office.
Of course, his main concern, the money interests, will get their tax break, because the bill passed. Among other reasons, the tax giveaway is so horrible because of the very thing he did. Does anybody in Washington think these things through, or care about the little guys?
My worst fear
EDITOR: My worst fear and our country’s worst development is happening: It could be perceived that Donald Trump is having some success. This will pave the way for future presidential candidates and presidents to mock people with disabilities, brag about their sexual assaults, bring us to the brink of nuclear war, give other politicians and world leaders cruel and childish nicknames, appoint people as federal judges who have no legal experience, deny climate change, denigrate past presidents and have absolutely no common dignity.
We can only hope now that Robert Mueller’s investigation will clearly demonstrate that Trump and his political team participated in behavior that actively sought to undermine our democracy and that Congress will impeach him and remove him from office.
If this doesn’t happen, we will forever have to live with the consequences of this Faustian pact we have made by electing him to be our leader.
A community service
EDITOR: We are outraged at the treatment of Mary Schiller (“SR culinary program leader put on leave,” Dec. 20). We are her neighbors and were treated to her generosity during the frightening aftermath of the fire that barely skirted us. We were without power for nearly five days, but we didn’t feel safe leaving our homes due to the looters who invaded our neighborhood several times. We stayed to protect one another.