Trump and Kim
EDITOR: Surprise or not, President Donald Trump will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un soon. It must be more than a handshake-and-hug photo op to genuinely relieve the unstable situation on the Korean peninsula.
It also can’t be a case of a sitting U.S. president uttering words about how animosity against communism is in the past or how the U.S. somehow has an interest or stake in a communist regime’s future.
Animosity against communism should never be over, and no civilized being should have any interest or stake in a communist regime’s future, especially when there are alternatives such as freedom and democracy, something the U.S. has sacrificed so much blood and treasure for, even in Korea.
Let’s only go down a road that leads to success and not feel compelled to sacrifice an ally doing it.
Vets turned violent
EDITOR: The front page of Saturday’s paper covered the tragic story of the four deaths the previous day at the Veterans Home in Yountville. On page A5 was an article headlined, “Military parade planning underway.” In my opinion, it would have been appropriate to put the parade article on the front page, right next to the coverage of the deaths, with the headline: “What in God’s name are we doing to our young people?”
The bigger picture
EDITOR: I read the article regarding the passage of a gun control bill by the Florida Legislature with mixed emotions (“Lawmakers defy NRA,” Thursday). While I applaud the Legislature for its courage in standing up to the National Rifle Association on certain points, such as raising the age for purchase of weapons and implementing a waiting period, I fear that the commitment to arm school personnel and increase campus security forces is misguided. What we need are fewer guns, not more of them.
The focus on school shootings obscures the larger problem that we have in our nation. Mass shootings don’t just happen on school campuses — they happen at concerts, in restaurants and bars, in post offices, in parking lots, in virtually every location in America. While shootings that involve children get more sympathy from politicians, our politicians need to move past the school settings and eliminate these weapons of mass destruction in all venues.
LYNN HAGGERTY KING
Seeing stars at SRJC
EDITOR: I was sadly surprised to hear that public shows at the Santa Rosa Junior College planetarium are to be eliminated. I have attended these shows for decades, and they have been a great, affordable, local form of educational entertainment that could be shared by everyone from young to old.
Outside of SRJC, the nearest planetarium is 50 miles away and substantially more expensive. Also, there is no live person to answer questions after the show.
I know that managing costs is a necessary thing and that the recent fires added to the difficulty in doing so, but I beseech the junior college to reconsider this decision. The planetarium is a unique gem and an asset to our community.
Perhaps there is a way that has not yet been considered, such as saying the planetarium could remain open contingent upon a certain amount of season tickets being sold at the beginning of the school year.