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Thursday’s Letters to the Editor

Welcome them back

EDITOR: Anyone with more than a 5th grade education knows that our forefathers treated the California natives like the Nazis treated the Jews. In some counties, during the 1800s, bounties were paid for Indian scalps. Dozens of culturally diverse tribes were force-marched to Round Valley, in remote Mendocino County — a virtual concentration camp.

Now members of the Lytton Band want to buy back a part of their ancestral homeland, while “not in my backyarders” disguise their racism with the shopworn saw of “environmental concerns.”

We are the ones who have trashed their environment and ethnically cleaned their culture from California.

We all should be celebrating the tribes’ success and graciously welcome them into our community. There is much healing and atonement to be done.

LELAND E. PARKER
Santa Rosa

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Circular problem overhead

EDITOR: It must be fair time. In one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the country, we are treated annually to a pollution-spewing plane endlessly circling the fairgrounds advertising a pollution-spewing car dealer, just like the good old days.

BRIAN BOLDT
Santa Rosa


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