Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor
Caring for seniors
EDITOR: I concur with Patricia Sanborn (“Responsible seniors,” Letters, March 10), who managed the care of several residents of Villa Capri, the elder care facility that was destroyed in the Tubbs fire and whose owners have been sued. I join her criticism of the facility’s claim that residents were responsible because they didn’t take “the proper care and precautions (that) a reasonabl(y) prudent person under the same or similar circumstances would have exercised.”
I would add that Villa Capri existed to provide care and assistance to a population of impaired, elderly individuals; residents are there because they require assistance due to age-related deficiencies, whether physical or psychological, that prevent their living alone. In accepting them as residents, Villa Capri realized their impairments and deficiencies and agreed to provide that assistance — without exceptions.
It is unconscionable, in my view, to impose the standard of a “reasonably prudent person” on these impaired elderly residents, especially because the “same or similar circumstances” amounted to a life-threatening fire.
KATHLEEN WALSH BEIRNE
EDITOR: Congratulations to President Donald Trump for his leadership success, foreign and domestic. ISIS has been defused, North Korea wishes to caucus, the economy is booming, jobs are returning, and Israel is rejoicing as our close ally.
By contrast, the George Soros-led progressive Democrats have pulled their party far left. Their global-order-socialist-communist movement is led by elite media journalists who now function as left-wing political operatives.
The left uses United Nations Agenda 21’s sustainable development and communitarianism, exploiting the environment as a weapon. Open borders, redistribution of wealth and seizure of private property are met head-on by the Trump administration, which prioritizes freedom over centralized planning and blind allegiance to the U.N.
At the local level, Rosa Koire of the Post Sustainablility Institute and Michael Shaw of Freedom Advocates are involved with legal action against the Association of Bay Area Governments for imposing regionalization in violation of the Fifth and 14th Amendments. ABAG’s One Bay Area Plan impacts citizens and voters in nine counties and 101 cities. This plan is a U.N. Agenda 21 prototype program and is overly directive in how people should lead their lives.
Trump, Koire and Shaw are American patriots saving freedoms of citizens at different levels.
ROBERT D. SHOPTAW
Pensions and services
EDITOR: Saturday’s front-page article about reduced mental health services (“Cuts imperil safety net”) should be placed next to an article about Sonoma County pension costs, so we can be reminded of the large and growing budget obligation to outlandish pensions (99 percent of salary for some). Residents are losing out, and we need to be reminded why.
Most employees deserve and receive reasonable pensions, but the fox was in the henhouse when agreements were made that aren’t sustainable. Can we have an update on the lawsuit trying to right this wrong?
Every cut in services, road repairs, etc. should refer to this fiasco that is degrading quality of life for most while supporting a few retirees with unconscionable pension benefits.
EDITOR: This is in response to John Travinsky’s letter (“Trading places,” March 10), which compares current California Democrats use of states’ rights to “nullify” federal immigration laws to Southern Democratic governors in the 1950s and ’60s who claimed states’ rights superseded federal laws regarding desegregation and civil rights.