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I, for one, want to see local law enforcement exhibit a more open and forward-looking approach to policing the overall community. That’s why I’ll be voting for John Mutz.

BRUCE ROBINSON

Forestville

Leaning too-far left

EDITOR: If the Press Democrat had any competition, I wouldn’t be writing this. But I’m sick and tired of our only daily newspaper printing left-wing editorials, almost none of which offer any proof of what they espouse.

I’m not left- or right-wing. I support some liberal causes and some conservative causes. I vote for the person, not the party. I believe that most residents of Sonoma County are just like me on the political spectrum. I have met some righties and lefties, but one of the things I like about Sonoma County as opposed to Marin, San Francisco, etc. is the level-headedness of its residents.

Take Tuesday’s editorial (“The risk of believing these things will make America great”): It slammed tax cuts and environmental regulations and claimed that the U.S. will be deporting 11 million people.

Truth: Nobody knows what impact the tax cuts will have on the debt. Even if the cited $1 trillion over 10 years turns out to be correct, the number is peanuts. Barack Obama added $9 trillion over eight years.

Truth: Nobody knows the impact of environmental regulation. In any event, states can set their own standards as California has done.

Truth: The U.S. will never deport 11 million people. Anyone who thinks that will happen is deranged.

Come on, let’s see some balance instead of one-sided, unsupported guff.

MICHAEL BURWEN

Petaluma

Insurers’ tactics

EDITOR: Patrick Caskey has it almost right (“Insurance claims,” Letters, Tuesday). He missed the opportunity to define fraud. The fraud is being perpetrated by insurance companies stalling to make good on their commitments in hopes of frustrating victims of the fires and persuading them to settle for much less compensation than they had been paying for.

Think about it. You go to a car dealer and pay for a brand new car, and they give you a used one worth 75 percent less. Would you accept this? That is what the insurance companies are trying to do. Where is the customer protection?

The insurers doing this need to be held accountable and face serious consequences for this. Shame on them.

IRENE DURHAM

Sebastopol

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