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.
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.
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.
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?