Mr. Rogers’ advice
EDITOR: In the days following the October fires, several people posted a film clip from “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” Mr. Rogers was explaining that when he was a little boy and bad things happened, his mother encouraged him: “Don’t be scared. Just look for the helpers. When bad things happen, the helpers come.”
Upon reading Wednesday’s article about the contractor in trouble for temporarily housing the debris haulers working in Coffey Park (“Trailers on lot hit snag”), it seems the city of Santa Rosa didn’t hear Mr. Rogers correctly. He was saying find the helpers, not fine the helpers.
Party of vandals
EDITOR: As I go to bed Thursday night, President Donald Trump has called for a government shutdown, Speaker Paul Ryan had refused to commit to holding a vote on the Dreamers, which an overwhelming percentage of Americans support; and Sen. Rand Paul is holding a filibuster on bringing an amendment that he knows would fail.
The party of vandals.
EDITOR: Just after the cleanup in Fountaingrove began, while stopped at the light at Altruria Drive, I witnessed a dump truck rear-end a car beside me at full speed. The woman’s car was smashed-in fully to the back of the driver’s seat. It was amazing she wasn’t terribly injured or killed.
Through another man who stopped, the truck driver said his brakes didn’t work. When the safety officer from AshBritt called me for details of what I witnessed, he said the driver was a sub-contractor to a sub-contractor to the contractor for the job.
Then, on Jan. 16, as you reported in The Press Democrat, another dump truck driver coming down Fountaingrove rear-ended a car when his brakes “weren’t responding.”
And now the terrible massive nine-vehicle crash caused by a dump truck coming down Fountaingrove when his brakes failed and he lost control (“Dump truck slams into cars, injuring 6,” Tuesday). This truck belonged to a sub-contractor to a contractor for the clean-up.
It is truly horrible that it took a near-fatal crash before brake inspections were done on all trucks and safety protocols were reviewed with all drivers.
Living with drilling
EDITOR: I am outraged that the Trump administration wants to open up our California coast to oil drilling.
I lived with my family in Sunset Beach, near Long Beach, in the 1960s. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t have to scrub the smelly black and brown tar sludge from my beautiful little children when they went anywhere near the water. Even the sand had oil residue at its edges. We had to construct an outdoor shower and use some awful smelling yellow soap to scrub them clean.
No more oil drilling off our coast. Please, all of you, fight this.
Parade or charade?
EDITOR: So Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump wants a swell military parade in the nation’s capital where he can salute as the troops march by.
Gee, he once had an opportunity to not only see but also be part of a military parade — in 1968, after finishing college a month before his 22nd birthday.