A sinking ship
EDITOR: As the year drags itself to a close and a new year looms, where do we find ourselves? We find ourselves adrift on a sea filled with large rocks and sharks. There are no icebergs. They have all melted. The rudder on the ship of state has fallen off.
The rich are in the salon, wining and dining and congratulating themselves on their good fortune. Steerage is filling with water, and the poor are already drowning because the hatch is locked and bolted.
Captain Queeg is busily dismantling the ship of state, railing that everyone, including the FBI, is against him as he flails about searching for his strawberries and tweeting retribution for everyone who doesn’t think he is the greatest.
The crew — a remarkably inept, complicit Republican Congress — is accomplishing almost nothing, which in retrospect is probably a good thing: the less, the better, as indicated by its tax Christmas present to the already wealthy.
The world hates us, friend and foe alike, so they will not come to our aid as we flounder.
Sail on, ship of state, sail on.
EDITOR: Like it or not, the Democrats made the right move by working with Republicans to extend funding for the federal government through Jan.19 (“Congress votes to avert government shutdown, Dec. 22). Funding was supposed to be finalized by Sept. 30 as the federal fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. Shutting down the federal government to press the immigration debate would have put so many at risk and would make the Democrats as bad as the tea party Republicans who did this a few years back.
Since our federal government seems to be based on presidential executive orders and not the legislative process, President Barack Obama was able to create the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, protecting some illegal immigrants from deportation. And President Donald Trump was able to reverse the order and shut down the program. Supposedly, Trump will back a bill to make the DACA children legal, but it is contingent on getting what he wants to stop illegal immigration into the United States.
The open border policies that have existed for decades need to be changed, with a better and legal system, especially for those from Mexico. I personally would like to see the DACA children made U.S. citizens.
But Democrats and pro-illegal immigration groups have to make hard decisions to save the DACA children by March. They aren’t in the driver’s seat, but it will take bipartisan support to pass an immigration bill. Many Republicans have come out for the DACA children already.
The right decision
EDITOR: Having read the articles on Mary Schiller, I think the Sonoma County Office of Education has made the right decision (“SR culinary program leader put on leave,” Dec. 20). What she did with food truck does deserve to be commended, and she was only reprimanded for using an education office vehicle without permission. But she was caught drinking alcohol at an event where she was supervising and possibly driving students. Seriously, do we really support that behavior? Her bad decision on drinking got her suspended.