Our contradictory views
EDITOR: Thanks to columnist Pete Golis for raising the issue of Proposition 13 and drawing attention to a crucial weakness of the philosophy of democracy (“After 40 years, this blue state still likes Proposition 13”). We want roads and public transportation and police and firemen. Shucks, some of us even want public schools and health care, and food and housing for the poor. But most of us don’t want to pay the people who provide these things.
Our feelings about government are contradictory, and in order to get elected, members of the government must avoid pointing out the costs of meeting the needs of the community. The idea that taxes are an injustice is a core argument of the Republican program, but it is clear that a majority of the community is sympathetic to this goofy notion. In fact, it is a sort of unifying joke. It is only a little funny for a second.
One thing that makes America or any community great is the willingness of its members to contribute to the wellbeing of all.
Bad spot for dispensary
EDITOR: A marijuana dispensary is planned for the corner of Fourth Street and St. Helena Avenue in Santa Rosa, behind Foster’s Freeze (a family friendly place).
This is on a major thoroughfare where cars travel 40 mph. I walked across this intersection for years to get to the hospital where I worked as a physician. This was a lethal street to cross, without any stop signs or lights, and that was before a dispensary was planned. This intersection is three blocks from a school, a hospital, three busy surgery centers and a quiet residential historic neighborhood.
I have nothing against pot or dispensaries. However, this should be a building for neighborhood stores and not for 500 cars per day slowing down on a major thoroughfare to enter a dispensary. How about putting it on Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa Avenue or Todd Road?
What part of historic residential district, elementary school, hospital and surgery centers do our elected leaders not understand?
If people are being influenced by money, then it is time to vote them out. Wait until vehicular and pedestrian fatalities are on their hands and consciences. I wonder what they will think after that.
KATE E. BLACK
A liberal double standard
EDITOR: The liberal double standard is rearing its ugly head yet again. The divorce rate among registered Democrats in the United States is just over 55 percent, according to a recent article in Politico magazine. Instead of screaming about immigration policies written before Donald Trump took office, why don’t liberals get their own house in order?
The separation of parents and children from divorce in our country is what is truly appalling.
EDITOR: I agree wholeheartedly with Steve Cavalli (“Roads taking a toll,” Letters, June 22). Sonoma County roads are a hazard and an embarrassment.
I just returned from a trip with bike friends to Oregon, where we enjoyed smooth, well-paved roads everywhere we went. Oregon has real freeze-thaw winters, yet it manages to keep its streets well maintained. Perhaps they use better asphalt, a deeper foundation or just jump on the potholes before they become canyons. I have also ridden in Idaho and Montana and noticed the same thing — wonderful, comfortable roads despite the rigors of winter weather.