Saturday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: It boggles the mind when people such as Gary Armitage get out of prison early for good behavior (“SR swindler Armitage out of prison,” Wednesday). Isn’t that what his crime was, convincing other people he is a good guy when he is not? I would almost feel more comfortable if he were released after demonstrating some outward hostility since that is a more honest reflection of how he feels about people.
RICHARD A. DURR
Congress is the problem
EDITOR: I read the Dallas Morning News editorial in Monday’s paper (“A chasm is looming for Social Security”). This view from Texas that we cannot sustain Social Security without restructuring and diluting the program is a recurring theme from the Republican right. It was put forward by the George W. Bush administration as a basis to privatize Social Security.
The real problem is Congress has been borrowing from the program ever since the Reagan administration moved the monies and investments into the general fund. Unless we elect a Congress that will raise taxes on the rich and clean up the corporate loopholes that allow too many corporations to pay no taxes, we will have a much bigger fiscal problem than underfunded Social Security. Our dysfunctional Congress is the real problem. We need to work for real change.
EDITOR: Murders in the news, especially mass shootings, have had the intelligentsia, such as the editorial writers of The Press Democrat, calling for more restrictions on the ability to buy weapons. I can abide by the slight loss of my Second Amendment rights, but how about the reason for many of these shootings?
Many shooters want their moment of fame, to be an anti-hero. To see the smirk of the Aurora, Colo. shooter when he spotted a TV camera made me sick. Basically every behavioral expert has explained that these criminals want this coverage; in some cases, it is the reason they do it. The press needs to ignore the desire to give us the details of a criminal’s political or social leanings.
If I were to call the news and tell them I have a lengthy letter explaining all that is wrong with society, there is no way I would be taken seriously or published. However, if I then went out and committed a horrible crime, my thoughts and actions would be read and analyzed. This needs to stop. I will give up some of my Second Amendment rights if the media will limit some of its First Amendment rights.
EDITOR: If you divide $110 million by 3,100 people, it looks like $35,000 per person to me. That’s what’s budgeted to solve homelessness in Sonoma County (“County’s battle plan on homelessness”). Where in the whole world have efforts been successful? Is there a success formula to follow? Supervisors met for three hours to study this serious issue. Maybe success stories were included in that study? Many communities need a homeless success formula. Let’s hope that Sonoma County efforts to solve homelessness are a shining example.
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