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Looking for unity

EDITOR: The country is at a turning point. We read of neighbors shouting at neighbors for playing ethnic music (“Spanish music ignites conflict,” Saturday). The schism is widening, and the one cheerleading the growing split is our president.

This failure to unite falls right into the president’s lap. He is creating a toxic atmosphere in the country with his insults, slanders, untruths and, sadly, his never-ending bullying of anyone who isn’t aligned with him.

The presidential role historically has been to unite people. He should be working toward bringing opposing viewpoints together and seeking compromise to solve our country’s problems. Unfortunately, he continues to do just the opposite.

Those opposed to Donald Trump also need to be more open. For example, his tariffs just might get China to conduct international business on a fairer level. Let’s see if tariffs bring that about or prove to be damaging.

Turnout of eligible voters (not counting the millions who don’t register to vote) has been dismal for years. Everyone needs to vote, and we need to elect consensus and compromise candidates, not those from the far left and far right. Haven’t we yet learned that this isn’t working? We’re running out of time, America. We must all vote.

DAVID LEHMAN

Petaluma

Breaking a promise

EDITOR: To hear that the Trump administration is discharging immigrants who enlisted under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, instituted during the Bush administration, is just another sign of the anti-immigrant fervor this president has brought to this country (“Military discharges stun immigrants,” Saturday).

The military accessions program promised a path to citizenship for those willing to enlist and serve. Many had skills our military needed and wanted. Now they are getting booted.

Some of these immigrants are now labeled as security risks while our president swoons over the likes of Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong Un.

As a U.S. Army veteran who enlisted as an immigrant, I am disgusted with this action and the breaking of a promise. This is shameful.

This move, along with the many other wrongheaded policies of this administration, reinforces the verdict that this man is unsuited to be president. He is undermining our nation and its values.

JACOB W. BOUDEWIJN

Santa Rosa

Rent and rent control

EDITOR: I was just watching the evening news, specifically a report on rents. This report stated that San Francisco has the highest rents in the world — in the world. Let that sink in. San Francisco also has rent control. How’s that working?

JENIFER JOHNSON

Santa Rosa

Democracy threatened

EDITOR: It’s hard to keep up with the outrages of this administration, but I try, as I feel that the first job of being a citizen is to pay attention.

Every day more of our democracy is threatened as our president, who imagines himself to be king, makes heedless decisions of serious consequence.

I recently read of how President Donald Trump was outfoxed by North Korea, which, of course, he will never admit. Rather, he hints that he deserves a Nobel Prize. We all remember him saying that he didn’t need to prepare for his summit with Kim Jong Un.

It takes little talent to create chaos and enemies using threats, insults, unpredictability and flattery. But to create positive, sustainable change and deep, reliable friendships requires something foreign to Trump’s nature: to listen, learn, question and engage, without an exploitive motive.

The immigration debacle of separating parents from children has sunk to new depths of chaos and shame with the loss of records that identify and locate which children belong to which adults. To make matters worse, many parents and children have been separated by thousands of miles.

Forget about the common good, our taxes will have to go toward remediating Trump’s cruel and capricious decisions.

GINA CLOUD

Bloomfield

A recovery forum

EDITOR: Our community is still healing from the October fires. A plan for relief that claims to represent us must represent all of us. It needs to meet our diverse needs rather than create barriers of exclusion. And it take must direction from those who will be most impacted.

On Thursday, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist (1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa) , there will be a public forum about what a just, equitable and sustainable recovery means for low- and moderate-income residents who are struggling against poverty and displacement. Wheelchair access and Spanish translation will be provided.

The presenters will include public-sector workers, immigrants, youth, renters, homeless residents and representatives from the Alliance for a Just Recovery, a coalition made up of community-based organizations that will present specific policy proposals for a just recovery.

This will be a platform for our community to listen to one another, uplift our voices and find ways to take action in building the future where we can thrive together.

The fires have opened old wounds of injustice that have persisted throughout our county and our state. But we have the power to right those wrongs.

NOA HUGHES

Santa Rosa

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