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We escaped a firestorm with only our lives, dog and a few things we grabbed as our house burned. Judging the “charm, character and aesthetic integrity” of Santa Rosa as an outsider is insensitive and counterproductive. We are not through the terror, shock and extreme sense of loss. Maligning our community presents a narrow sense of character.

Don’t tell us what to do. Instead, come to our aid. Volunteer in assisting your neighbors in Santa Rosa. Be a part of the amazing community expressed here as we slog through grief and horror on to the bureaucratic process and finally to some sense of normalcy as we try to put our lives back together.

ROBERT KLAMT

Santa Rosa

Divert tourism funds

EDITOR: I was happy to read that our county supervisors, led by Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins, have freed up $1 million of the $8 million currently given to the Sonoma County tourism bureau to promote us to the world (“County cuts tourism marketing funds by $1 million,” Oct. 4). This money will be redirected to our badly underfunded emergency services.

Wednesday’s paper had a story describing how the state Office of Tourism is spending $2 million to promote Wine Country tourism (“Extra $2 million to push tourism”). The state is concerned with the image of Wine Country being damaged by publicity about the fires, I’m sure.

I think tourism promotion has enough funding. The wine and hospitality industry has smart people already doing promotion. Let’s support our supervisors in redirecting another $2 million for local emergency responders. They need it more, especially now.

KEN SUND

Jenner

Becoming serfs

EDITOR: The GOP/Donald Trump proposal to eliminate state tax deductions is a radical right-wing attempt to privatize public services. It does this by not allowing the public to deduct investment and operating costs in public services while retaining those rights and benefits for private corporations, thereby creating a tax code that punishes public ownership and subsidizes private ownership.

If allowed to become law, it will result in a future where infrastructure, police, fire, health and education services will no longer be owned and controlled by we the people but will be owned, operated and controlled by rich and powerful oligarchs or international corporations — a future where our descendants will be serfs in their own land.

CURTIS ASHBECK

Santa Rosa

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