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The invisible hand

EDITOR: When I read the paper lately, I feel like I am the only who read David Von Drehle’s column in The Press Democrat on March 8 (“Why North Korea is now willing to talk peace”).

The column said, “It looks like this: Vladimir Putin is champing at the bit to build a natural gas pipeline through North Korea to supply the energy-hungry dynamo to the south.” It went on to give excellent reasons why Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would both benefit by going along with Putin’s plan. I suggest everyone go online and read that column.

Von Drehle’s reasons make sense. Why else would Trump and Kim be acting the way they are? They posture and carry on about ditching the peace talks, but they keep getting jerked back to the playing field by the unseen commander. If peace is the result, should we give the Nobel Prize to Putin?

JOYCE BRANDON

Petaluma

‘New Courthouse Square’

EDITOR: Having attended the Pride parade and festival last weekend, and then reading about it as being celebrated in Old Courthouse Square, I realized that there is nothing “old” about it (“Beaming with pride,” June 3).

The clock tower building is being gutted and renovated into a boutique hotel and restaurant along with an adjacent building. The old redwood trees are gone, replaced with crape myrtles and sycamores (excuse me, London plane trees), and once popular restaurants such as Flavor are gone along with several others.

There is a concrete pad where the original courthouse building stood and some verdant grass planted next to some hard decomposed type of granite material (whatever for?) that you can walk on.

So it all appears new to me. I propose that we start calling it New Courthouse Square. What’s old has been renewed.

Santa Rosa is changing. Roseland is part of the city, district elections are being held, and 5,000 houses that burned down will be rebuilt again, probably bigger and better. If we are embracing such change, we can’t be afraid to call it “new.” New Courthouse Square.

KEN PASEK

Santa Rosa

Historic ignorance

EDITOR: It appears that Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the State Department, is as ignorant of history as President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, she trumpeted the “strong relationship” between the U.S. and Germany. She then pointed to June 6 — D-Day — as reflective of that strong relationship. Where did she learn history?

My father was an officer who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day; he was wounded by shrapnel and received a Bronze Star for his efforts there. I have visited the vast military cemetery there and felt humbled by the rows of graves. I find her ignorance to be obscene to those who sacrificed much on that day.

Hopefully, someone has told her that Allied Forces landed to free Western Europe from Germany’s Nazi occupation and oppression. Also, she made no mention of our allies who were half of the invasion forces, nor did Trump is his praise of only Americans who fought there.

Both ignored the sacrifice of many British, Free French and Canadians, the latter now considered to be national security risks. Without the contributions of our allies, D-Day would probably have been a failure. Today we need allies, not America Alone policies.

ROBERT FAUX

Santa Rosa

For a carbon tax

EDITOR: Elizabeth Arnold’s commentary in your Forum section (“Tell stories about climate change resilience,” June 3) is correct in suggesting the media should focus more on solutions rather than only reporting on climate disasters. However, the author missed an overarching reality: Beyond responding to climate disasters, we need to address the core issue — slowing and then stopping climate change altogether.

We already have the renewable energy technology we need to solve climate change. We just need to put its adoption on the fast track. The surest way to do that is by pricing carbon fuels as they leave the oil well or coal mine. However, a sufficiently strong carbon fee would put the burden on those who can least afford it — the working poor.

To be fair, the carbon revenue should be returned to every U.S. household as a dividend check each month to cover the rising price of fossil fuels. In this way, we can promote renewable energy and actually boost the economy. A side benefit would be the creation of countless new renewable energy jobs.

Let’s get Congress working on this now. Call your congressman and encourage him to take action.

DAVE WARRENDER

Sebastopol

Trump’s act

EDITOR: Contrary to a comment by one of your correspondents, the one thing the president does not do is tell it like it is (“Telling it like it is,” Letters, May 22). The man is a compulsive liar, and anyone who take anything he says at face value either isn’t paying attention or is being played for a sucker.

However, as a good entertainer, the president knows that he has to keep updating his act to keep his fans interested. There always has to be a new threat, a new crisis, a new enemy. Race, ethnic and immigrant baiting and bashing have been a reliable mainstay of Republicans since Richard Nixon’s outright racist Southern Strategy in 1968. Look for more of it as the elections near.

Another phony threat and crisis is the one that the president has picked over trade with our friends and allies on the grounds that they present a national security threat, while he worries about saving Chinese jobs. American taxpayers and consumers are going to pay for this, while Ivanka Trump gets her Chinese copyrights.

This sort of thing is going to continue so long as the president’s fans consider lying to be “telling it like it is.”

PATRICK COYLE

Santa Rosa

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