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Olivares for sheriff

EDITOR: I met Ernesto Olivares in August 1981 when I came to work as a police officer at the Santa Rosa Police Department. I was new to the department, and Olivares was warm and welcoming. His thoughtfulness and desire to help remained a constant theme during our quarter-century as co-workers.

Among his strongest attributes is his ability to connect with the community. He consciously applied for assignments that put him in close contact with organizations devoted to bettering our community. He engaged these groups effortlessly and established himself as a positive liaison for SRPD. He made significant inroads with groups that were suspicious of the police. Members of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force frequently praised his positive leadership.

Olivares’ compassion, conscientiousness and ethics are beyond reproach. These attributes have become even more apparent during his tenure as a City Council member and mayor.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office employs some amazingly dedicated people. I believe Olivares is uniquely qualified to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Sheriff’s Office while simultaneously allowing the community to recognize just how wonderful and effective these dedicated public servants really are.

TOM SWEARINGEN

Santa Rosa

A real leader

EDITOR: With all of the good things that are happening since the election of President Donald Trump, both domestic and overseas, one must wonder if the name attached to these achievements were Barack Obama or Bill Clinton would the media be acting the same as they are now?

Of course, neither Clinton nor Obama was or is capable of such success. Obama knew nothing about running anything. I mean, come on, community organizer? Where I come from, we call that “poop disturber,” And, of course, Clinton promised more of the same.

We now have a dynamic leader who has the economy going strong, China and North Korea coming to the table for real negotiations and actually securing our border. And what does the mainstream media focus on? Porn stars. Really?

Luckily, we now have other outlets that are serious about journalism and columnists who want to write about substance. Maybe The Press Democrat can seek out these columnists so we can have a little balance in the opinion section instead of the same old “Trump is bad blah, blah, blah.” And, please, don’t point to George Will. He just puts me to sleep.

T.K. McDONALD

Cotati

Sanders’ math

EDITOR: Shame on Bernie Sanders. At an event in Mississippi, Sanders said the Democratic Party has been a failure the past 15 years. I find that comment to be deceiving, misinformed and distorted. The Democratic Party has been a failure for 40 years.

T.C. RANDOLPH

Rohnert Park

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