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It would be worth some phone calls to the city and the contractor and some photos of the construction site.

DOUG GIBSON

Santa Rosa

No to DUI checkpoints

EDITOR: Every time I read of a planned DUI checkpoint, it makes my blood boil. One of our basic rights is the freedom to move about without interference unless we have committed a crime or unless police have probable cause to believe we have committed a crime. At checkpoints, neither is the case. We are simply detained against our will so that our “papers“ can be checked. Just as if we were going from one country to another.

Allowing this was one of the worst decisions ever made by the U.S. Supreme Court, and it needs revisited. I’m glad we weren’t told to do this when I was a police officer. Even though it provides overtime and drives up retirement benefits, I would have fought to not violate the Constitution that I hold so dear. I’ve yet to encounter a checkpoint but plan to refuse to provide my license if I do. This needs to get back to the court. Maybe the so called conservative justices will do the right thing this time.

KEN GOOD

Gig Harbor, Washington

The climate year

EDITOR: Before this year, we weren’t directly affected by climate catastrophes we hear about in the rest of the world. But this time it was our turn to face catastrophe and hardship.

It’s time to connect some dots. Besides our own devastating wildfires, Hurricane Harvey drowned Houston, Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Florida and the Southeast hard, and there is still immense suffering in Puerto Rico. These things can’t be ignored. Action must be taken.

But here is one bright note. Can you imagine our members of Congress working together? There is a bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House, in which 31 Republicans have joined 31 Democrats to explore economically viable options to reduce climate risk.

Another reason for hope: There is a free-market proposal to cut greenhouse gases with a steadily rising fee on carbon emissions. By returning the revenue to households, we would gain dividends for ourselves, our health and our climate. See how it works at citizensclimatelobby.org.

In 2018, let’s resolve to do what must be done — wean this country off fossil fuels. We want a brighter, healthier future for our children and our planet.

TOM HELM

Santa Rosa

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