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Post Office truth

EDITOR: How refreshing to read the truth about the decline of the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday’s opinion page (“Congress, not Amazon, messed up the Post Office”).

In 2006, Congress put a stranglehold on the Postal Service by passing the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which requires prefunding of health care benefits 75 years into the future. No other organization, public or private, has this burden and is in this untenable position. Despite recent headlines, Amazon has nothing to do with the decline of the Post Office, and only Congress can change the situation.

Unfortunately, truth is no longer the standard, and it’s up to us as aware citizens to be able to distinguish between truth and fabrication.

EILEEN CHADWICK

Cotati

Compassion for homeless

EDITOR: “But Irvine is beautiful, and we don’t want it to get destroyed” (“In fighting homeless camp, Irvine’s Asians win, but at a cost,” April 2). No compassion, no solution. The article chronicling the Irvine community’s protest of Orange County’s proposal to temporarily shelter a couple hundred homeless people forced out of existing encampments, and out of motels due to expiring vouchers, left me disappointed and simultaneously insistent that we in Sonoma County address similar issues with more compassion.

It’s stunning to read that thousands of people networked, raised thousands of dollars to rent buses and marched together in Irvine to declare the unhelpful, elitist, message: “No homeless in Irvine.”

Imagine if those passionate, capable voices came together in support of their community and everyone in it. Imagine if those funds went to support shelters vital in connecting people with services they need to get back on their feet.

In Sonoma County, we face our own complex challenges in housing, especially after the fires. What will set us apart from Irvine is where we concentrate our efforts. If nothing else, the post-fire era has proven we must compassionately support one another to solve anything.

After all, a community is only as beautiful as the hearts of those in it.

AURORA BISSIRI

Santa Rosa

Editorial hogwash

EDITOR: Your April 3 editorial is another sleight of hand by this newspaper (“The risk of believing these things will make America great”). This state is acting more like an independent nation than a state. When called out by the feds, the retort is another lawsuit.

Even the wise resident knows our state has gone rogue. Environmental issues, taxes, the bullet train, gun control, immigration, a sanctuary state law and open borders, and the list goes on.

It wasn’t Donald Trump who crafted the latest budget, which he should have vetoed. Both parties are complicit and have ownership of where our debt is today. DACA? This was an unconstitutionally crafted executive order by Barack Obama. The Democrats could have fixed this the first year he was president, just like they could have fixed it this year when Trump offered them a DACA deal larger than what they asked for. They passed again.

Democrats don’t want an immigration fix, and they don’t want our borders protected.

As for EPA standards on cars, stop driving SUVs and you can have your 55 mpg with less smog. This state has been ruined by its own ruling class — the Democrats who have no interest in protecting their citizens. We only have to look east to Sacramento to see our own tyrants.

ARNOLD KRAUSE

Santa Rosa

Cloverdale’s dispensary

EDITOR: In 2017, the Cloverdale City Council unanimously passed an ordinance regulating the marijuana industry in Cloverdale. The ordinance allows for two dispensaries in town.

On March 13, the council directed city staff to draft a resolution to give permits to operate a retail marijuana business to Quonset Botanicals and Red Door Remedies. Then a group of school board members, the principal of Washington School and parents convinced the council to grant a permit to California Wellness instead of Quonset Botanicals.

Quonset Botanicals would be operated by Mike and Maryann Brigham. Maryann has a long history of service to the community as a member of the City Council, establishing a new park on Clark Avenue and the river path, and she was a driving force behind the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. She has owned numerous businesses in town.

The group opposed to her dispensary used false statements to get council members to change their minds.

We need everyone who supports the Brighams’ attempt to open a dispensary to come to the council meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. We cannot let someone from another county put a community leader out of business.

TEMPLE O. SMITH

Cloverdale

Cruelty in Israel

EDITOR: As a Jew who was a youngster during World War II, I heard and witnessed in many venues about the killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps. This memory is deeply etched in my soul.

I am so appalled at what Israel, originally the “safe place” for Jews escaping war, did just a few days ago, killing 18 and wounding 1,700 innocent Palestinian nonviolent protesters (“Gaza families want inquiry,” April 1). They were gathered by the Gaza wall demonstrating against the inhumane conditions they have been living under for 70 years.

The Israeli leadership has become cruel like their oppressors were to them. Most of the Jews in Israel are quietly accepting this. I am ashamed, I am so ashamed. Americans must speak out against the atrocities happening to our sisters and brothers in Palestine and in our own country, or we too are complicit.

FRAN DAYAN

Sonoma

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