EDITOR: In 1942, Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were relocated to internment camps. I was 5 years old when our family was sent to the Topaz camp in Utah where we remained for three years.
How can we allow history to repeat itself by detaining immigrant families indefinitely? Where are the voices of reason?
EDITOR: Richard Cohen’s Tuesday column (“Socialism talk could bring Democrats another defeat”) really got me going with his talk about “democratic socialism.” Why would anybody call themselves that here in the United States? Especially since democratic socialism isn’t socialism.
Rather, democratic socialism attempts to address the valid criticisms that socialists have regarding the capitalist system within the system itself. It is highly regulated capitalism. And it is working quite well in Scandinavia, thank you very much.
Communism/socialism (Marx and Engels used the terms interchangeably) require the abolition of the production of goods and services for sale and the dissolution of the market and the national government.
Anybody who actually reads up on socialism will find it to be a wonderful, utopian pipe dream well suited to a planet (it can only exist worldwide and not in individual countries) with low population levels.
Don’t get me started on the Soviet and Chinese authoritarian swindles. Nothing could be farther from socialism than those two frauds. I could write a book.
EDITOR: Upon returning home to Santa Rosa after observing city-sponsored fireworks in Calistoga, I was stunned to find a gathering of people around a robust campfire in our neighborhood. Not only is this irresponsible and illegal, but it shows a total disregard for one’s neighbors, especially in light of recent red-flag warnings.
We live in a heavily forested area where the devastating Tubbs fire literally stopped across the road from us. We need to be ever-vigilant and do the things we can to minimize any potential recurrence of such an event — maintaining defensible space around our homes and being smart as to how we approach fire.
Having outdoor campfires is not one of those things.
Fixing Lakeville Highway
EDITOR: May I remind Allen Hall (“Dangerous Road,” Letters, Sunday) that Lakeville Highway from Stage Gulch Road to Highway 37 isn’t a state highway. It belongs to, and is maintained by, Sonoma County.
And, in my opinion, a concrete divider like the one on Highway 37, would be impractical and more dangerous precisely because of the curves Hall mentioned in his letter.
Accountability for fires
EDITOR: Reflecting on the Northern California wildfires, Rex Grady argues that PG&E should be held financially accountable if we were negligent in our safety and maintenance practices (“Is immunity for PG&E a good idea?” Close to Home, Monday). We agree, and the state’s laws provide for this. Anyone who was harmed has the ability to take us to court to be compensated if we were negligent. In addition, the California Public Utilities Commission has the ability to penalize us.