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Post-fire grief

EDITOR: Thanks to Kathryn Kubota for sharing her personal story of grief after losing her home (“Mental health providers see legacy of loss, pain,” April 9). As another fire survivor (Coffey Park), I find myself with many of the same feelings, and I know many others in the same emotional place.

We can be easily brought to tears — sometimes from sadness and frustration, and sometimes by the generosity and caring of others. We can be distracted from our family and work obligations. And we find strength in the support of others, so we try to keep moving forward.

I have attended community mental health programs and found them beneficial. I encourage anyone who feels that their life is “upside down” to seek out some counseling. Your feelings are a normal part of dealing with loss, and some support will go a long way to helping you cope and move ahead.

BILL DORSEY

Windsor

A vital election

EDITOR: David Brooks’ column on anti-Trumpism is correct (“Assessing the failures of anti-Trumpism,” Wednesday). Most of the sturm und drang from the left has consisted of preaching to the choir, and some of it has been counterproductive. I hope the Democrats have a strategy for this in the upcoming election. They must find a way that isn’t simply anti-Trumpism to reach out to at least some of the 40 percent.

Trumpism has become akin to a religion, defying rationality. This abhorrent man can seemingly do any abominable thing, yet his followers continue to support him. I fear he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller and get away with it.

My hope is that enough women will run, thus capturing a majority of the female vote, in part because they are other women (more tribalism, but we’ll take it). Also, the kids of voting age may be energized by the gun control issue.

Lastly, there’s demographics. Some older white men have died since the last election, and more young people (presumably more liberal or moderate than the former) have come to voting age.

The November election is likely to determine much of what happens to the country (and the world) in the near future. Please vote.

JEFFREY A. RAPP

Healdsburg

Trump’s lawyer

EDITOR: The personal lawyer for the president of the United States of America is raided by the FBI at his offices, hotel room and home and you put this news on Page A5. Really?

ANDREA HADIK-BARKOCZY

Fort Bragg

Missing TV listings

EDITOR: We’re very disappointed that this newspaper stopped publishing local TV listings. We take delivery of the paper and look forward to starting each morning with a hot cup of coffee and opening it to read our local news (which is getting hard to find among all of the political stories), read the comics page and scan times and channels of programs to watch each evening.

The online TV schedule isn’t user-friendly and lists only by specific networks instead of the actual channel numbers that were shown in the printed version. In many cases, the online version lists “local programming” instead of an actual title.

What do you expect others to view (i.e., elderly citizens like my mom) who don’t own a home computer and relied on the newspaper for local TV listings? Other publications such as TV Weekly and TV Guide that are printed so far in advance are mostly useless and less than accurate with current listings in certain areas.

Offshore oil hearing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing begins at 3 p.m. today at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento. Comments also may be submitted through March 9 at boem.gov/national-program

Please reconsider this decision by eliminating something else that would not be utilized as often by your subscribers.

LAURA BAKER

Healdsburg

Zionism debate

EDITOR: So many in our community are working tirelessly to end hate wherever it raises its ugly head — remembering the deadly prejudices of the past so that they never return to take root in our communities again. It is important that talks on anti-Semitism are listed in The Press Democrat (“ ‘The New Anti-Semitism’ focus of Congregation Beth Ami speaker series,” pressdemocrat.com). I take issue, however, with equating anti-Semitism with speaking out against unjust Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, as one of the talks proposes. Are people anti-Semitic if they are anti-Zionist? Absolutely not. There are many Jews who are anti-Zionist.

It is Zionism, a political ideology, that claims all of Palestine for a Jewish state. It is Zionism, not Judaism, from the 1890s to the present that entitles Israel to “settle” Palestine, meaning ethnically cleansing the indigenous people from land they have lived in for many centuries. Anti-colonialist, anti-racist commitment requires that we speak out against such actions.

It’s curious that so many progressives who are active in major social issues plaguing our world avoid addressing the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Why? Fear of anti-Semitic labeling silences them perhaps? Will these talks set the false association up again?

Desmond Tutu has said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

THERESE MUGHANNAM-WALRATH

Santa Rosa

Fire hazards

EDITOR: No matter how many firefighters, how much warning, how much dead brush is cut away or how fire resistant the building materials, we need to recognize the truth that some fire conditions cannot be adequately controlled or prevented. Warning people with a siren sounds helpful, but what about clogged roads where people are burned in their cars because they cannot get out?

Those who rebuild in known fire disaster areas need to know they are creating deaths traps for whomever will live in these new homes, including future owners such as their descendants.

LUCILLE RIGGS

Santa Rosa

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