Trump’s big parade
EDITOR: So the president wants a big military parade. I expect his next revelation will be the need for a grand uniform suitable for the president of the United States. I can see it now: lots of gold braid and plumage with a magnificent array of medals he can award to himself for his never-before-matched achievements and, of course, a really big hat.
He won’t be marching in the parade, however, since, as we know, he has an aversion to actually serving in the military due to his sore feet. Too bad the draft-dodger-in-chief missed out on serving since he would have gotten a big dose of marching in boot camp.
Rep. Mike Thompson got it right when he responded to the parade idea with the thought that the money Donald Trump would spend on a parade would be better used to fund services benefiting veterans.
EDITOR: The headline on last Friday’s editorial read: “Transparency still lacking on fire alert decisions.” The editorial went on to say, “After nearly four months, the public still lacks a clear understanding of what decisions were made by the emergency services staff about alerting residents to the fires. Those who were hoping to hear such a review at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 29 were in for a disappointment. During his first presentation on the warning systems to supervisors, Emergency Services Manager Christopher Helgren gave no review of what happened …”
Where is the public outcry and outrage? Why aren’t public officials being made to account for their actions? Why aren’t two public officials whose conscious act to not activate the emergency alert system being fired and prosecuted for negligent homicide?
People died because emergency services staff decided not to activate an emergency alert system designed specifically for emergencies such as the October firestorm.
People who could have evacuated in an orderly manner with some of their treasured photos and valuables instead raced out of burning homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Yet nothing is being done. Where is the public outrage? When will something be done?
DAVE and BETTY PINSKY
Owning the grid
EDITOR, Regarding Julie North’s letter (“Profiting from disaster,” Sunday), I have a clarification. Sonoma Clean Power generates electricity for most of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, while PG&E maintains the poles, wires and substations for all electric customers in our area.
That arrangement has helped cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent while saving more than $70 million on customer bills, but it hasn’t changed the ownership or management of the wires in the grid. That part stays the same as always.
CEO, Sonoma Clean Power
EDITOR: A dossier is a collection of documents about a person. As we have just learned, a dossier funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign was used to secure a surveillance warrant on Donald Trump’s campaign staff. This is a clear abuse of the legal processes put in place to protect the American people. It’s also another example of corruption in the Democratic Party.