Stories of the homeless
EDITOR: It’s too bad that it took his death for most in our community to learn a bit about Stephen “Song” Sheridan (“Gentle singer favorite at park,” Sunday). Perhaps The Press Democrat could lead the way in humanizing our local homeless men, women and children by regularly featuring them and telling their stories. And perhaps that would finally spur our elected officials to implement real housing solutions in Sonoma County instead of destroying their makeshift sidewalk and park homes.
Pot and public assistance
EDITOR: Shame on me for putting a face on some of the people lined up at every new legal pot store, but I’m just wondering. Should people who are on any subsistence payments or food stamps or unemployment or any taxpayer-funded financial assistance be allowed to spend any of their leftover income on $300-an-ounce pot?
Aren’t taxpayers funding that lifestyle luxury and the vicious circle of the rich getting richer as the poor keep spending their money on fool’s gold?
EDITOR: A recent letter said “the press is the biggest threat to California and America” because they’re all liars (“The biggest threat,” Friday). I have questions for the people who throw out the words liars and fake news. First, what examples are there for the press being liars? You didn’t give any.
Second, if you believe they are all lies, why do you read it? I know the National Enquirer is fake news, so I don’t read it. And third, if the press is all fake news or all lies, then the article in Saturday’s paper regarding the Clinton Foundation (“FBI revives Clinton probe”) should be one big lie too, right? Or is it just lies when it doesn’t re-enforce your opinion?
It is every citizen’s responsibility to research and get information from several sources, not just one cable TV station or one radio station but all types of news sources.
How do you determine what news is a lie? Donald Trump says anything negative about him is fake news. Do you just blindly trust him? Or is everything from a particular source a lie? What if the New York Times and Fox News report the same story the same way? Is one lying, or are they both lying? And all Trump is doing is deflecting and trying to cover his backside.
Dancing with the devil
EDITOR: The arrival of Michael Wolff’s book about Donald Trump, fraught with inconsistencies as it may be, is one heck of a compelling story. I mean, here we have Steve Bannon, who only a year ago was the spawn of the devil. Now we’re cheering him on like a hometown hero as he dishes Trump’s dirty laundry with reckless abandon.
It’s a trifecta: Bannon’s sleazy turncoat act on Trump; Wolff’s complete disregard for journalistic integrity, and Trump … being Trump.
We left-leaners are gritting our teeth as we stand behind Bannon, hoping his dirty work will upend Trump. But with a cast this tawdry, we’re only fooling ourselves into thinking any good will come of it.