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Gold lawns

EDITOR: Green grass is gone for now. But you know, you can still mow and maintain the new “gold” lawn. I appreciate and respect the dry lawns. But some people are so lazy that they will not keep their gold looking good. What I am seeing are two-foot-high weeds on those gold lawns. If the new green is gold, I am seeing nothing more than neighborhood fire hazards.


Rohnert Park

History, not politics

EDITOR: In response to Ed Gregoire (“ISIS threat,” Letters, Friday), in this era of extreme party politics, how quickly we can vilify any response any politician makes or fails to make. In reading the letter, the threat ISIS poses is tame compared to the atrocities committed by the Nazi Party. Really? Perhaps this is the start of new rhetoric to warn us of the pending Islamic domino theory. Which has failed to convert the world to Islam for the past how many centuries?

ISIS wasn’t unknown to us. We have been urging the Iraqi government to change its policies and address this over the past year. Iraq did not, which has allowed this threat to rapidly gain headway and roll out of Syria into Iraq to establish its new caliphate.

Let history, not partisan politics, decide whether the president’s foreign policy, or golf game, is failing us as a nation. Frankly, I like the idea of a radical terrorist organization setting up a state with defined geographical boundaries. It may make a well thought out coalition response that much more easily defined.



Vallejo slighted

EDITOR: It struck me that the earthquake map in Monday’s paper was cut off just above Vallejo, a city of significance that seems to be getting far less coverage and sympathy than Napa, at least from The Press Democrat.

I found it disappointing that Vallejo was essentially disregarded in the accompanying article (“Obscure fault may be to blame”) and scarcely mentioned in other articles I read. In the quake photo spreads I looked at, I saw almost no representation for Vallejo.

Is it because it’s not as wealthy, world-renowned and glamorous as Napa and Sonoma? Ugly-duckling syndrome?

I have friends in Vallejo, my grandfather came to America from Switzerland and worked at Mare Island, some of my family were born in Vallejo. It’s part of my history, a relevant community, commercial and historical area in the North Bay.

Vallejo’s population is 30 percent greater than Napa, and your quake coverage seems to be all about Napa.

I live in Sonoma Valley, my father lives in St. Helena, other family reside in Novato, but I have shared roots in Vallejo. We are all part of this larger North Bay area connected by roads, businesses and people that includes the (evidently) less-glamorous cities such as Vallejo.



Right thinking

EDITOR: Aristotle taught that we humans are “thinking beings,” that is beings whose nature is to think. But what are we thinking?

What should one be thinking when someone has a gun, say a uniformed police officer who asks or tells us to do something? Of what should a uniformed officer think and do when things seem to be going wrong? Isn’t the thinking thing to do just what the officer says unless there is a serious reason to do otherwise?

Would Trayvon Martin, Andy Lopez or Michael Brown be dead if they had been thinking otherwise than what they seem to have been?

Would the Ferguson, Mo., police officer have hurt so many of us or be in so much trouble if he had only thought about what he was doing?

Is it good thinking to let our emotions, which are supposed to help us, get the best of us and do our thinking for us? If we only thought to do the right thing, as Buddha taught, wouldn’t we be living in a safer place and getting along better?

And what are we thinking, all of us, if we aren’t teaching our young people what they should think and do each time they see a police officer?



Emergency options

EDITOR: My friend Dennis Colthurst (“Emergency care nearby,” Letters, Tuesday) says that Palm Drive Hospital is “vital to the public safety of the west county.” Not so. There are three well-equipped hospitals with 10 minutes (by ambulance) of Sebastopol.

This is closer than for people in Oakmont, but I don’t see Oakmonters pushing for their own emergency facility. I, for one, am tired of paying a parcel tax so that wealthy retirees in the west county hills can have instant access to an emergency room.



Circus takes a break

EDITOR: The political circus has been pretty quiet this past week. Congress has gone home to recover from doing nothing, and Republicans are huddled behind closed doors, trying to figure out how to blame the earthquake on President Barack Obama. It’s a welcome relief from their usual keening, but I miss the comedy.

They need to get back to investigating Benghazi, suing the president and maybe voting again to repeal health care. They need to refocus on the female anatomy and getting guns in the hands of the mentally ill. Summer sitcoms are no match for a Paul Ryan budget, or the laugh potential of a Rick Perry quote.

These are tough times for the party. Students and the elderly keep trying to vote. Dreamers keep reminding them they’re supposed to be human. It’s enough to discourage even the most heartless. But it’s time to suck it up GOP and get back to work. Comedy Central needs your input.



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