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Some hints for men

EDITOR: “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings …” Those are words from Charlie Rose when co-workers’ claims of sexual harassment surfaced. I don’t discount that he may have felt that way, as I have known plenty of clueless men who, if you spit in their face they’d say, “Oh, it must be raining.”

Being hounded every work day by someone you’re not interested in (especially when complaints go unheeded) is the worst, more so if he’s your superior. Here are a few clues that a female co-worker isn’t interested:

— She leaves the room every time you walk in (when possible).

— Every time you ask her to lunch, she declines without giving you the option to go another time.

— When you approach her to make small talk, she tries to disengage by not looking at you, acting busy or just doesn’t participate in the conversation.

— When you casually suggest the two of you get together outside of work sometime, she doesn’t show enthusiasm.

To the men out there, before you make an unwelcome move on a woman, think how your sister, daughter or wife would feel if someone approached them in the same way.

DIANNE MAHANES

Santa Rosa

Ineffective alerts

EDITOR: As a now-homeless person who received no notifications of any kind during the fire, I read Sunday’s article many times to be sure I understood what Christopher Helgren, the county’s emergency services manager, was really trying to convey (“County ruled out alert system”).

What struck me was the timing of the notifications. According to the article, the first Nixle alert was sent at 10:51 p.m. by the Sheriff’s Office. Then, a SoCo Alert was sent at 11:37 p.m.

Also, according to the article, Helgren was awakened at 12:30 a.m. by pounding on his hotel room door. Are we to assume from this that Helgren wasn’t signed up for either Nixle or SoCo Alerts?

The alert system was apparently as ineffective for the leaders of our county’s emergency services department as they were for those of us who are now homeless. Someone needs to be held accountable.

CAROL LAWRENCE

Santa Rosa

Trump’s populism

EDITOR: I have a question for Donald Trump voters out there. How would you rate his populism thus far?

By the selection of his Cabinet members — industry executives gutting consumer protections, opening federal lands to oil and natural gas drilling, bankrolling the coal industry and rolling up exorbitant travel expenses, just to name a few of his populist qualities?

And what about the GOP tax plan that Trump’s so eager to sign? You know, the one that won’t penalize his family, the one that doles out big tax cuts to corporations because, unlike smaller businesses that don’t receive these cuts or will see them expire, it’s corporations that drive this economy, that encourage innovation.

A real man of the common people, isn’t he, as he flies from one country club to the other and gloats about the red carpet treatment he receives abroad while exacting no concessions from his hosts?

He dines with a president accused of slaughtering alleged drug users but is afraid to bring up these human rights abuses? What heart, what compassion he has shown. His supporters should be commended.

He has divided this country as no other president has, all to appease 35 percent of the electorate, his base, which truly understands populism when they see it.

CHRISTOPHER RIEBLI

Graton

Turning tragedy around

EDITOR: Motivational speakers the world over use some form of the old adage, “never let a crisis go to waste,” or encourage their disciples to “turn tragedy into opportunity.” In the wake of the tragic fires that ravaged the lower reaches of the Fountaingrove area, the city of Santa Rosa has an opportunity to rehabilitate a tiny gem off of Bicentennial Way, just north of the Overlook at Fountaingrove.

A short trail along Russell Creek that parallels Lake Park Drive has been cleared of underbrush, fallen trees (for the most part) and the homeless encampments that made it impassable for the past several years. Although the trail was damaged by erosion at some point in the past, it is now accessible, and the bridge is relatively intact.

As the city rebuilds and residents of the neighborhood begin what will be a long healing process, wouldn’t it be nice to give them a small gift of a trail for them to take some solace?

DAVID ABBOTT

Santa Rosa

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