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The adage of the ship having sailed, meaning it’s too late to address the problem, comes from the days of ships that departed on the tide and returning against the tide wasn’t feasible. Well, the tide has turned. The original problem with the previously ignored resolution has reappeared, and it is feasible to revisit. We have the opportunity to not rebuild on the ridge, or must we?

If we are obligated to follow the same erroneous course we were rushed onto the first time, Mr. Mayor, please explain why this ship is unsteerable.

WAYNE MINSON

Santa Rosa

Seed the hills

EDITOR: Having spent the state’s money on solar panels, rail transit and social welfare, with little going to infrastructure, the politicians’ pants caught on fire on the eve of Fire Prevention Week. The governor said, as the fire raged, “we are on it,” while Sen. Dianne Feinstein made excuses for idle borate bombers the first three days. It was said that the precious truth must be cloaked in a blanket of lies. Thousands of people lost their homes. The next chapter of this tragedy may be another blindside to the politicians’ eyes. No seeding of the fire ravaged hillsides is being done as far as I can see. The next big surprise may be tons of mudslides. Let’s hope not. But why not give hope some help: seed the hills.

ROD HUG

Santa Rosa

Trump’s pain

EDITOR: If we feel inclined to be angry with President Donald Trump, it might make us feel better to consider that lying, bragging and bullying are typically techniques used by people who are afraid of others or ashamed of themselves. The president never lets a day go by without making liberal use of these three techniques, and certainly considering his ignorance and his history of ineptitude, he must be suffering serious feelings of anxiety and inadequacy.

Of course, it is a terrible misfortune for everyone that he is the president of the United States. We would be safer and better governed by someone braver and more self-confident.

But remember, the poor guy is in pain.

STEPHEN HAWKES

Healdsburg

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