EDITOR: Tuesday, on the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s murder, I read in the news that Rudy Giuliani maintained that the president could shoot former FBI director James Comey in the Oval Office and not be indicted (“Trump says he can pardon himself”). Setting aside Giuliani’s cartoonish legal theories, to joke about political assassination on this day, when we remember how much we lost 50 years ago, is simply insufferable.
EDITOR: The Press Democrat called Senate Bill 894 “a little help for disaster victims” in a thumbs up editorial last Thursday. A “little” indeed. SB 894 started out with good intentions, but it has been amended into near worthlessness.
Take, for example, a provision that would extend from 24 to 36 months the insurance coverage for alternate housing expenses incurred while rebuilding. The bill has been amended to restrict the extra 12 months to rebuilding delays resulting from “circumstances beyond the control of the insured.” This creates a loophole through which insurance companies will drive the proverbial truck. They will claim that any delays are the victim’s fault.
Another provision would allow victims to use personal property coverage to pay rebuilding costs, but it as been amended to restrict such use to where rebuilding coverage is “insufficient.” Victims must still go through the arduous process of cataloging their lost contents, and insurance companies can continue to lowball replacement cost estimates.
The only real benefit is the bill’s extension, from 12 months to 24 months, of an existing requirement for companies to renew policies after a disaster. They remain free to cancel policies after 24 months or to pull out of the local insurance market.
Sonoma County fire victims deserve better.
JON B. EISENBERG
Trump and Kim
EDITOR: That Kim Jong Un! A kidder, that guy! He sends a letter to the malevolent menace in the White House in an oversized envelope, which should rightly be viewed as an insult to both the U.S. and the office of the president. Yet there’s Donald Trump beaming for the cameras while holding this grotesque prop (Gee, it’s really big!). It’s going to be a riot when Kim gives Trump the chair with the whoopee cushion in Singapore.
EDITOR: I cannot help but share my disappointment over the depths to which our political discourse has fallen: name-calling, race-baiting, profanity, divisiveness, half-truths, vulgarities, lies. A few years back, we talked about our shared ideals and laughed about our shared foibles.
I am left to wonder where this all ends and where, if anywhere, the buck stops.
EDITOR: I want to comment on the May 29 article regarding mental health funding cuts (“Mental health cuts imperil lives”). We are in a time of unprecedented violence in this country. School shootings occur almost weekly. When they do, we wring our hands, demonstrate against guns and, occasionally, pass another restriction on gun ownership. Then we pat ourselves on the back, and it happens again.
School shootings seem to have some common threads. Guns and mental illness are primary. Can anyone argue that a person who shoots up a school isn’t mentally ill?