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Why do we continue to speak at district meetings? As we are liable for past debt, we present ourselves as current stockholders in the assets as well as the liabilities of the district. We have a vested interest in oversight of our ongoing parcel taxes.

Under state law, the public has the right to participate in committee discussions, and directors shall not prohibit “public criticism of policy or procedures, etc.”

Certain directors have silenced us and misinterpreted public meeting rules, charging that even the most basic questions about district business mean we want to close the hospital. Whether the hospital closes has nothing to do with our criticism of the way the current board majority has conducted business.

CAROLYN HARRIS

Forestville

Sky-high ego

EDITOR: Donald Trump, in a recent tweet, claimed personal credit for airline safety in 2017. That probably came as news to the tens of thousands of airline pilots, crew members, mechanics, air traffic controllers, airport personnel, aircraft designers, security and law enforcement agents, safety inspectors and others who devote their professional skills to the safety of the traveling public.

This from a person devoted to “privatizing” the air traffic control system and whose only contribution to air safety was to lead Trump Airlines into bankruptcy in record time.

DAN JENKINS

Santa Rosa

Rich and poor

EDITOR: This winter, with all its semi-apocalyptic weather events, has focused attention on the need of people for shelter. And the elephant who would otherwise be in the room has grown so big that he has become homeless.

Considering some of the second dwellings being built in this area, it seems that some of us have so much excess money that our imaginations cannot invent a satisfying means of spending it. It is unreasonable that a community with such abundant resources has thousands of people living under freeway overpasses.

We can afford housing for everyone who needs it. We can afford a government that can address public needs. Helping people who need help is fun.

We don’t need tax cuts for the rich.

STEPHEN HAWKES

Healdsburg

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