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BOB KLEIN

Santa Rosa

Arctic drilling

EDITOR: I am a college student who envisions an America with politicians who protect and respect our wilderness. I also acknowledge that we have some work to do in order to realize this goal.

Currently, the oil and gas industries and their friends on Capitol Hill would love nothing more than for us to quietly allow the destruction of America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The inclusion of oil drilling in the Arctic refuge in the tax bill was a blow to my heart and many others too. We must keep a spotlight on the refuge, and let the industry’s oily allies know that we aren’t going anywhere.

By writing letters and making phone calls, we can hold those legislators who voted for drilling accountable while thanking the champions who stood up for the refuge. Let us be personal, polite and passionate in our outreach to all political leaders. We can show them and the fossil fuel companies that the American people stand against further destruction of our environment.

Finally, I encourage my fellow citizens to oppose Donald Trump’s recent proposal to allow offshore oil drilling in most continental-shelf waters, including in protected areas of the Atlantic Ocean.

REBECCA CANRIGHT

Sebastopol

SR parking rules

EDITOR: Here we go again, changing parking regs for the umpteenth time — premium rate; three-hour max and charging to park until 8 p.m. Way to go, city of Santa Rosa. Hit the merchants where it hurts.

Now no one will go out to dinner downtown because instead of a 6 p.m. cutoff on fees, it’s 8 p.m. And a “vehicle must leave the block for the day, upon expiration of time limit”? So, is the city going to hire meter readers with white chalk to make sure a customer didn’t put more money on their meter? Because that’s cost-effective. How absurd.

Well, I’ll volunteer to go through lots with a spray bottle and brush to wipe off the chalk marks.

DEB McGAULEY

Santa Rosa

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