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Gross injustice

EDITOR: The gross injustice done to Kate Steinle, her family and the American citizenry is disgustingly wrong and unfair. That an illegal immigrant and previously convicted felon who shot the gun that killed her is virtually cleared of culpability defies all reason.

But wait. Could it be that in the mother of all sanctuary cities, San Francisco, the public defender, the district attorney, judge and jury were in bed together?

Those who govern this once great city have long had a policy of coddling and protecting illegal immigrants, even those who commit serious crimes including murder.

The travesty perpetrated in handling the Steinle murder is the ultimate perversion of justice.

DENNIS TOBIN

Santa Rosa

Sad commentary

EDITOR: Two stories in Wednesday’s Press Democrat show an interesting comparison of how two very different U.S. institutions are responding to yet more inappropriate behavior having been demonstrated by high-profile men.

However, the irony is rich that the entertainment world seems to understand fully the magnitude of these violations of privilege and is handling them appropriately, while the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus really don’t seem to get it.

What has our world come to when the TV and movie industry knows and does the right thing, but our elected leaders don’t?

Sad commentary indeed.

GREG SEIFTER

Rohnert Park

A story of a child

EDITOR: A kid comes home from grade school one day and his parents ask how the day went. “Great, and I found out I’m the smartest kid in class,” the child exclaims. The parents reply how nice that is and how proud they are. The next week the kid brings home their report card, all Fs. “What happened? We thought you were the smartest kid in class.”, the parents ask. “I am. They must have made a mistake.” the kid replies. The next day the parents call the teacher and ask about the report card. The teacher replies, “Your child is often disruptive in class, challenging basic concepts such as simple math, commenting on how stupid geography is, stating everyone should speak English and disputing American history, like the Civil War, also expressing how much science is a waste of time. The grades are an accurate reflection of what has been learned.”

That night the parents confront the child. The child responds, “That teacher doesn’t like me, is stupid and doesn’t teach the right stuff. Everyone in class knows I’m the smartest kid, and they tell me all the time.”

This grade school student represents the mentality of our current president.

TOM MAKIN

Rohnert Park

Mirror, mirror

EDITOR: All of the men who have recently fallen as a result of sexual misconduct allegations should send President Donald Trump a mirror. We taxpayers should as well. How is it that our country’s biggest violator is still employed and is paid with public funds? As a nation this is shameful, embarrassing and, most of all, hurtful.

Ladies and gentlemen, please send your mirrors to the White House.

LISA GREENSTEIN

Santa Rosa

Proud of everyone

EDITOR: On driving away from Sonoma County for Thanksgiving, I was sad to leave my hometown that had been through so much. Yet, I felt proud of everyone who came together after the fires to help each other: Sikhs, Muslims, Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhist, Christians, Hindu.

People of all faiths opened the doors of their houses of worship.

On my return drive Sunday night, I was distracted by the brightly lit cross on a well-recognized hillside. It announced that this was a place for adherents to one religion only. No room for any other religious symbol; no crescent moon, sword, lotus flower, Star of David.

The controversy over this cross has been around for 35 years. In a 2015 Press Democrat article, Chris Smith addressed the dispute saying, “the only opinions that matter are those of the couple who own the property on which the cross resides.” The owners of the property wanted trespassing to stop then and urged neighbors to contact the police.

Owner Suzanne Merner said, “It’s really time that the hillside return to the state it was in.”

This is a time for unity. A dove of peace might be a more universal symbol. But the best solution is to just let this piece of land return to its natural state.

JANYCE BODESON

Santa Rosa

Buy local

EDITOR: It was extremely disappointing to read that David Guhin, Santa Rosa’s planning and economic development director, contracted with a large, multi-national corporation headquartered in France to process rebuilding permits for the city.

What expertise and ability to streamline Santa Rosa’s permit process this foreign company possesses that we don’t have locally is hard to imagine.

The $9 million contract could have paid for a lot of overtime, borrowing of skilled personnel from other local jurisdictions and hiring local people to do the work, as well as better economizing the permitting process.

I’m completely supportive of making it easier and faster to rebuild our communities. But at a time when every dollar is precious to our local economy, this seems like a glaring missed opportunity to “buy local.”

BONNIE HOGUE

Santa Rosa

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