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Making a better choice

EDITOR: This is in response to your editorial about Luther Burbank’s blatant racism (“Burbank’s place in history and our town,” May 27). You alluded to the times in which he lived, and so I ask, would we not be better served in our times by examples in his times of even the most humble among us who fought against racism?

Burbank’s astonishing gifts as a scientist will live on as proper celebration of that part of who he was. Can we find someone to honor who risked their far less secure life in support of what we now consider the right side of history?

Surely such an investment in honor uplifts us all and challenges us to be the best we can be.

DAVID LINCOLN KING

Santa Rosa

Roseanne and America

EDITOR: It strikes me that, in all the upheaval over Roseanne Barr and her awful tweet, no one seems to realize that her show shone a spotlight on everything wrong with the country: older people who can’t afford their meds, one of whom is going without an operation and instead is addicted to opioids; a contractor who can’t make it without hiring illegal immigrants; a war-widow daughter who tries to be a surrogate so she can pay off her student loans; another daughter forced to move back with her parents because she lost her job and benefits; a single veteran caring for his daughter while her mother is in the war zone; an aging parent no one can afford to care for. Yet people seem to think it is pro-Donald Trump, and Trump thinks it shows how great he is.

JESSIE GORDON

Sonoma

Essick for sheriff

EDITOR: As a longtime Sonoma County resident, I have seen many changes in our county, some good and some not so good. For the first time in several years, the Sonoma County sheriff’s posi-tion has more than one candidate running to lead the officers and staff along with the various programs for several years to come.

This is one of the reasons that I support the best candidate for the job — a tried, true and experi-enced officer who has worked in all facets of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office during his tenure. Experience and especially relevant experience in management is key to growing any or-ganization.

I will be voting for Capt. Mark Essick. He has a proven track record in the Sonoma County Sher-iff’s Office, along with being a model citizen, father, husband and human being. Our family has known Essick and his family for many years, and we have always appreciated his community support, his ethics and his morals.

RON PAVELKA

Cloverdale

Vote for change

EDITOR: It’s been decades since Sonoma County has had a real choice for sheriff. Not just of three experienced candidates but also of the kind of law enforcement we want.

If you believe, as we do, that the relationship between law enforcement and the communities it serves is broken and that respect for all must be restored, the best choice is John Mutz.

We didn’t arrive at this conclusion easily. Our Sonoma County Democratic clubs and the Sonoma County Democratic Party devoted many hours to promoting and hosting forums on the sheriff’s race and interviewing and comparing the candidates. All have impressive resumes. All are aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

But only Mutz has a track record of creating the change we need. As a Los Angeles police station commander in 1992, when riots broke out following the acquittal of officers accused in the beating of Rodney King, he was able to mediate between cops and communities to defuse tensions and rebuild trust.

We have a unique opportunity to bring 21st century, community-based policing to Sonoma County, evolving from a warrior to a guardian mentality. It won’t come our way again soon. Vote for change on Tuesday. Vote for John Mutz.

SANDY REYNOLDS

President, Santa Rosa Democratic Club

and CAROLINE BANUELOS

President, Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club

Yes on Prop 69

EDITOR: This letter of support for Proposition 69 reflects my personal support and that of a majority of the Mendocino Transit Authority Board.

Prop. 69 would guarantee that SB 1 taxes, passed by the Legislature last year, go into special accounts that can only be used for their intended purpose of maintaining and building transportation infrastructure.

As stated by the Berkeley Political Review, “SB 1 ensures that gas taxes are distributed fairly to all taxpayers and that the projects they finance directly benefit even low-income drivers through increased road and public transit quality.”

More than $80 million of state and local SB 1 transportation projects in Mendocino County have already been approved, and much more will follow in the coming years.

During my eight years on the Ukiah City Council, one of the most often asked questions was, “When are you going to fill the pothole in front of my house?” In the ensuing 20 years, the answer hasn’t gotten easier or clearer. Until now.

SB 1 isn’t perfect, but Prop. 69 would ensure that all taxes it generates will go toward improving the aging transportation system of roads and public transit in California. Please join me in voting yes on Prop. 69.

JIM MASTIN

Chairman, Mendocino Transit Authority

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