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The Russians meddled in our election. This must be investigated and dealt with. If there was no collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians, then he has nothing to worry about. If there was, the American people deserve to know to prevent this from ever happening again.

The Russians seem to be Trump’s friends. The Democrats are his enemy. Go figure.

GAIL OUTLAW

Santa Rosa

Diet and security

EDITOR: Just lately we have had several letters purporting that veganism would promote food abundance. I think there is a blindness here to the thousands of acres of blazingly emerald green pastures that dominate much of Sonoma County.

Take the ride from Valley Ford to Tomales. It is one of the most amazingly beautiful and bucolic scenes in all the world. Those lush green pastures you see sequester tons of carbon, and the thousands of animals grazing are a security of abundance right here. In Iraq and Syria, drought and overgrazing have denuded the landscape, and what have they got? Famine and war.

One of the great balances of nature is Earth’s millions of acres of pasture and the herbivores grazing them (since time immemorial).

Now, with the late rains, the county’s ranches are blessed with an extension of this green abundance. We might as well be grateful for God’s green Earth and the animals that sublimely graze on it.

ART KOPECKY

Sebastopol

A benzene fix?

EDITOR: I am a retired environmental chemist/toxicologist. I operated an environmental analytical laboratory in Santa Rosa for 17 years and founded an environmental toxicology consulting company in Santa Rosa that is still operating. I have read about the benzene contamination in the water in Fountaingrove and the $43 million price to replace the pipes.

I suggest that an alternative method is available that, while expensive, is far less so than immediately replacing the pipes. Carbon filtration can remove benzene from water and lower the contamination to acceptably safe levels, thus allowing people to begin rebuilding their homes.

Filters could be set up to serve groups of homes, and there would likely be several such “filtering stations” in the Fountaingrove area. The filtering systems would have to be monitored by the city.

This would allow time for the benzene to dissipate and allow new homes to have safe water. It could develop that the pipes ultimately don’t have to be replaced.

This is a commonly used method of purifying water, and it should be considered by the city.

BOB HARRIS

Santa Rosa

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