EDITOR: Mental health services for the most vulnerable people in Sonoma County are likely to be cut drastically. As I understand the situation, this financial crisis is the result of multiple years of overprojecting revenue and underestimating the expenses of mental health services. Multiple years? Where does the buck stop?
Buckelew Programs, the Access Team, the 24-hour crisis hotline, just to name a few, all provide vital mental health services. Drastic cuts are unthinkable. The Board of Supervisors will be voting on these cuts this month. The supervisors should consider what a devastating impact these cuts will have on all of Sonoma County.
This is truly the trickle-down effect. Cut mental health programs and costs at the emergency room increase, jail costs increase, downtown merchants lose revenue when folks go elsewhere to shop and dine because of the increase in the homeless population. Perhaps the Board of Supervisors should be discussing salary cuts, not mental health cuts.
Acting above the law
EDITOR: After practicing law for 40 years in a nation that prided itself on its devotion to the principle that no one is above the law, I am saddened and sickened by a president who contends that it’s impossible for him to obstruct justice when he carries out his official responsibilities.
Does anyone believe the president could legally stop an FBI investigation of an illegal drug organization that the president headed in order to shield himself from prosecution? Is there any realistic possibility that any independent court would agree that he could?
In taking the position that he can legally stop the investigation of any federal crime he might have committed, that is precisely what the president is doing right now. Has our constitutional system be so eroded by the most unfit person ever to be elected president that there’s even a discussion that he might be above the law and not bound by his oath to faithfully execute the laws of this country?
FRANK N. PANZA
EDITOR: Many thanks for the uplifting, redemptive May 24 article headlined “Meeting their ‘true hero.’ ” Even louder thanks to Alison Reynolds and David Trezie for their tenacity in searching for the young man who rescued them on that flaming dawn morning.
However, the loudest thanks are reserved for and directed to Miles Blakesley for his selfless impulse to help others, his bravery and his courage.
Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson reminds us, “We are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” Blakesley proved that 100 times over in the early morning hours of Oct. 9. May his future be bright, and thanks again!
Women’s health care
EDITOR: Granted, the editorial page isn’t expected to be impartial, but I must protest that your May 30 editorial read like a press release from Planned Parenthood (“Women’s health care at risk in Planned Parenthood fight”). You presented several facts that simply can’t be supported.
You said abortion is only a small part of Planned Parenthood’s practice. Its own annual report states that it served about 2.4 million individual women in 2017 and performed 320,834 abortions. That means that one in seven clients had an abortion — hardly an insignificant number. (Planned Parenthood reports that there were about 4 million visits, or one abortion per 12 visits.) Planned Parenthood performed 320,834 abortions and provided prenatal care for a whopping 1,346 individual women.