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A stark contrast

EDITOR: The cave divers who risked their lives to save other people’s children stand in stark and heartbreaking contrast to our leaders who rip other people’s children from their parents and destroy the quality of their lives.

ANN O’BRIEN

Santa Rosa

Headed in right direction

EDITOR: President Donald Trump has another excellent nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. We know this by the reaction of lefties, who have become even more desperate in their attempts to convince the American people how horrible Trump is and how bad off we are.

Of course neither is true, but Democrats and their media cheerleaders have nothing else.

Americans are prospering, and we know why. That last guy who was in charge tried to convince us that the eight-year malaise he presided over was the new normal. Trump knows better.

He, and the Americans who voted for him, knew that “hope and change” wasn’t sound fiscal policy. In fact, it was a fraud. I find it refreshing that a president makes campaign promises, then does exactly what he promised, despite those who rail against him. Have you ever heard such whining? Now for the good news: 6½ more years of courageous leadership to go.

Another great justice, a booming economy, fair trade deals, energy independence, world peace (through strength) and a feeling of confidence that our great nation is heading in the right direction.

Here is a tip for Democratic politicians: Offer something. Resist, like hopey changey, is nothing but a fraud.

T.K. McDONALD

Cotati

Detention and divorce

EDITOR: Mark Twain said: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” In the case of T.C. Randolph’s letter (“A liberal double standard,” July 5), there is an implication that Democrats have no right to be upset over kids being incarcerated at the border because Democrats supposedly have a 55 percent divorce rate. Statistics I found online showed divorce rates for Republicans are about 5 percent lower than for Democrats but nothing for them to brag about.

Randolph conveniently forgets that, in the event of a divorce in this country, usually one parent ends up with the child or children. Not so with border-crossing parents. It also turns out that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has done a better job of keeping track of personal property seized than the kids themselves and has no idea, in many cases, of how to contact the parents, thus eliminating the option of reuniting kids and parents.

This could have all been easily remedied by putting ankle bracelets on the accused, nonviolent offenders, thus keeping families together until a fair trial. The solution, if convicted, in my mind, would be deportation, not incarceration. It would have cost the government less to implement this plan. But it also would have meant that the people making such policies would have to look out farther than the end of their noses.

CARL MERNER

Santa Rosa

Hate crimes and cyclists

EDITOR: While you’re reporting on the increase in hate crimes (“Hate crimes spike in county,” Wednesday), add in most of the attacks on cyclists. For that’s exactly what they are: vicious attacks on blameless, vulnerable individuals because they are identified with a group the bigots choose to see as “other.” It’s the same as racism, sexism, gay bashing — every bit as ugly and unacceptable.

Thanks to columnist Kerry Benefield for her excellent observations on bike-hate in Sunday’s paper (“Share the road? Some motorists just don’t get it”). But the trolls in the online comments section after the column show the haters are quite comfortable showing their true colors — proud to be prejudiced.

If you’re looking for the cause of this uptick in hate crimes, look no further than the White House, where the bully-in-chief has empowered his followers to act out their vile fantasies. That includes harassing innocent cyclists out on the back roads of Sonoma County.

BILL OETINGER

Sebastopol

Standing for principles

EDITOR: Thanks for including coverage of the U.S. “fight” against United Nations support of breastfeeding (“US fought against UN health measure,” Monday). Can we aim for Make America Moral Again? Are others discouraged that bullying and mercantilism show up internationally as U.S. values?

I await upcoming elections and want to hear less anti-T lingo (the name just gets more exposure) and more of what we stand for. Let’s start here with one value: infant health. Basic, clear, principled.

PATTI CALLAHAN

Santa Rosa

Demands of the homeless

EDITOR: After reading numerous letters from homeless people and their advocates saying that all they want is for the city to given them a safe place to live and then leave them alone, I’ve had enough.

Who do they think is going to pay for this? Not them. It will be us taxpayers. I want free services — water, garbage, police protection and everything else that goes along with being a member of society — but the so-called homeless don’t want to pay for or be responsible for anything.

Yes, they do leave piles of garbage wherever they spend more than a few days, so please don’t say they never litter and always clean up their campsites.

It’s time the city and county wake up. The taxpaying public is sick of giving a free ride.

CASEY STEWART

Santa Rosa

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