Dangerous pellet guns
EDITOR: Have they never heard of Andy Lopez? Two 15-year-olds in Santa Rosa playing with a lethal-looking pellet gun on school grounds (“Two boys arrested with pellet gun at school, police say,” Wednesday)? Thank God they complied with police orders. Thank God someone saw them and blew the whistle. I recently did the same thing, albeit as an actor in “13 Reasons Why.” However, several years ago, I was shot in the head in north Berkeley late at night by a 15-year-old sniper with an air rifle. He came close to taking out my left eye. Pellet guns can do real damage, too.
EDITOR: I attended the Sonoma County Rises summit on equity, recovery and resilience on June 4. While waiting for the auditorium to open, I had the opportunity to chat with a woman who said that she has a 9-year-old daughter and a full-time job. Despite the fact that she wishes she could afford to live in Sonoma County, she hasn’t the means to do so. Hence, her homelessness.
She has a support system in the San Joaquin Valley, but a Sonoma County court ordered her to stay here as her daughter’s father shares custody of their daughter. She has sought help from agencies throughout Sonoma County but is stuck. She can’t afford to live here, but she has been ordered to stay.
I shared her story with a friend at the summit. I told him I felt guilty. He asked me if I felt guilty because I’m not homeless. Upon reflection, I said I felt guilty because I couldn’t offer her any resources she hadn’t already tried. I guess I’m confused. The word “equity” kept coming up in the summit.
Executive director, Friends Outside In Sonoma County
EDITOR: Ah, California. They want us to conserve water, as voters legalize pot, a crop that uses massive amounts of water. No money for roads, housing, etc., but more than $60 billion for a bullet train (because Jerry Brown likes trains, as does Gavin Newsom). Millions in taxpayer money to fight deportation of illegal immigrants. Teaching Spanish in schools to American kids. Jobs requiring bilingualism. Making us a sanctuary state and fining employers who cooperate with federal authorities. Constantly sticking it to property owners with more taxes to pay for services that benefit everyone, instead of sales taxes so that everyone shares the cost.
I’m a conservative independent. I hate Donald Trump. I believe Dreamers should be allowed to stay. They had no choice coming here (but are their parents still here illegally?). I believe birthright citizenship needs to end unless at least one parent is here legally. I believe in banning assault rifles and a woman’s right to choose.
It seems all the politicians’ ads speak of their support for immigrants and how progressive they are. Democrats are too far left and Republicans are too far right. So who’s working for people like me?
Settling fire claims
EDITOR: We found the comments of Danielle Cagan of the CSAA Insurance Group a bit ironic (“Seniors plan for next disaster,” May 31). As an example of CSAA’s commitment to “support the community through the long-term recovery and rebuilding process,” she cited their donation of 1,000 emergency bags to seniors as “an example of how we can do that, while helping people be prepared for whatever the next emergency might be.”