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Trump’s summit

EDITOR: North Korea now has the capability to fire its intercontinental ballistic missiles at targets anywhere in the U.S. It was under this threat that our president jumped at the chance to hold talks (contrary to the narrative that it was Donald Trump’s juvenile insults that drove North Korea to the negotiating table).

Trump doesn’t seem to understand that North Korea has wanted high-level talks with the U.S. for decades. Being seen as an equal to the U.S. in the eyes of the world is a propaganda coup for North Korea. That’s why previous presidents have all refused. It’s Trump’s ignorance of history that led him to accept the North Koreans’ offer; that and his grandiose belief in his own negotiating savvy.

He says he won’t accept anything less than “complete, verifiable, irreversible” denuclearization. But why would the North Koreans give up their nukes if they’re the only thing that’s keeping us from attacking them like we attacked Iraq? They won’t.

Kim Jong Un already has his propaganda coup. If Trump gets a deal, he’ll have his. And if, years from now, the disarmament process doesn’t quite pan out? Well, don’t look for accountability from Trump; that’s not his style. Just ask the students at Trump University.

ADAM SCHNITZER

Petaluma

Electric car virtues

EDITOR: Bret Stephens’ May 30 column was full of fake news (“Musk: The Donald of Silicon Valley”). What Stephens says about electric cars is false.

He says the Tesla Model 3 is a lemon. False. The Model 3 meets or exceeds the published specifications, and owners haven’t returned the cars under the lemon law.

Stephens says that “gasoline has advantages in energy density, cost, infrastructure and transportability that electricity doesn’t and won’t for decades.” The high energy density of gasoline is the only advantage, and battery developments are reducing that advantage. Stephens’ claims of advantages in infrastructure and transportability are fantasies. Is he really favoring drilling, pumping, refineries, tanker trucks and service stations as advantages?

Stephens complains of subsidies for electric cars but offers no objection to subsidies for the oil industry. Len Tesoro, an oil industry consultant, lists five government subsidies for the oil industry that total $21.5 billion in a Forbes article published in 2016.

Stephens says the reason electric cars were supposed to be the cars of the future was because we were running out of oil. False. The reasons to switch from gas cars to electric cars include better performance, lower total cost of ownership and reduction of harmful emissions.

ALAN SOULE

President, Electric Auto Association, North Bay Chapter

Stables for the homeless

EDITOR: A recent Close to Home column stressed the need for stable housing for the homeless in our community (“We’re homeless and we need a place to camp,” May 24). It brought to mind all those horse stalls behind the fairgrounds, unused for most of the year.

With some creative thinking and innovative design, many of them could be converted to tiny houses, providing shelter and privacy for those living in tents or on the streets. A roof over their heads.

With the need so great and one possible solution at hand, empty and available, why hasn’t someone thought of doing this?

THEA EVENSEN

Santa Rosa

Let the apologies begin

EDITOR: At last Wednesday’ White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders supported President Donald Trump’s tweet about how he is owed an apology for all of the “Horrible statements made about and said about me on ABC.”

Sure, Mr. President, we’ll get right on that. While we are on the subject, how about you apologizing for all of the horrible statements and flat-out lies you have made over the years about former President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, virtually every Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, etc.?

If you start now, you might finish before you are out of office. Then, maybe, you will get your apology from ABC.

MARSHALL WARD

Santa Rosa

Affordable housing

EDITOR: We are all bemoaning the lack of affordable housing. However, when was the last time you heard somebody bragging they sold their house for the lowest offer? For every buyer, there is a seller.

ANISA THOMSEN

Petaluma

Political reform

EDITOR: Changing the way we vote would be difficult and complicated (“One reform that could save American politics,” David Brooks column, Tuesday). However, when voting for president, making our representative democracy more representative might be difficult but not nearly as complicated.

Eliminate the winner-takes-all Electoral College votes. In Texas, Hillary Clinton (Democrat) would have gained electoral votes, and in California, Donald Trump (Republican) would have gained.

I would think that both major parties would support more Electoral College votes and a fairer, more representative election result. However, in today’s political climate, I really expect that damaging the “other” party is more important than aiding one’s own.

GLENN GRIGG

Healdsburg

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