EDITOR: There’s a lot of understandable talk about quick ways to replace the housing stock that was destroyed in the recent firestorm. While on the surface this thinking can seem like an indisputably good thing, it carries a huge potential for hidden consequences. Haste always makes waste.
If we cannot see this situation as an opportunity for upgrading the quality of our residences, our neighborhoods and our entire urban reality — by taking the necessary extra time to do so — we will eventually suffer later.
Slap-dashing expedient solutions into place will guarantee a new degree of mediocrity within our community fabric and is definitely something that Santa Rosa — which could never boast much in the way of charm, character and aesthetic integrity — can ill afford.
If we care, we must slow down and find temporary stop-gap solutions while we honor the broader view.
EDITOR: I’m requesting that people refrain from dumping unwanted furniture, mattresses, yard debris, tires and bags of garbage on county roads. It happens frequently and lately more than before. County employees get calls from people upset about trash strewn in lanes and on roadsides.
Please break up your debris and fill-up your garbage, recycling and yard waste bins.
For bulky item pickup; make an appointment for pickup at 707-585-0291. There may be a small additional charge, but it’s not as large as a ticket if you’re caught dumping anything on roads.
Each week there are free toxics collections for residents at different sites in the county. Make the required appointment by calling 877-747-1870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to bring your ID.
You may drop off toxics at Building 5 of the Central Disposal Site, 500 Mecham Road, Petaluma, or for a $50 fee, you may request an appointment to have up to 440 pounds picked up at your home. Seniors over age 80 can get limited free pickup.
View unicycler.com to learn more about hazardous waste or bulk item pickup.
‘One messy world’
EDITOR: Mary Ellen Kuhi makes some valid points about modern politics that I’m sure she means to apply to both parties (“Becoming an oligarchy,” Letters, Thursday).
In regard to President Donald Trump appointing Jeff Sessions as attorney general appearing to be a conflict of interest, do we remember who John F. Kennedy appointed as his attorney general?
In regard to executive orders, more than 20 times President Barack Obama said it was unconstitutional for him to implement the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals program, yet he did so anyway. DACA has/had a sunset clause, which means if Trump had kept quiet and done nothing, it would have run out on its own — before it got to the U.S. Supreme Court where its chances of being declared unconstitutional were enormous.
And in regard to tax cuts, it certainly is a thorny problem. It is impossible to give tax cuts to people who don’t pay federal income taxes, and 50 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, while the top 10 percent of earners pay 70 percent of federal income taxes. So, of course, is will appear that high-earners are getting a larger tax cut — because there are more taxes paid from which to cut.