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Allow fireworks sales

EDITOR: Friday’s article about fireworks would seem to validate that sales of safe-and-sane fireworks aren’t such a concern that they should be banned (“No large July 4 blazes reported”). All of us are wary after last year’s fires, but safe-and-sane fireworks obviously aren’t a problem.

Many of the complaints are about noise and rockets, but if you hear more than a small pop or see something more than 8 feet in the air, it’s an illegal firework. And if safe-and-sane are banned, you will hear more explosions and see more skyrockets. Many people will have their celebration even if they have to buy illegal fireworks, as can be seen in Santa Rosa.

As has been stated many times, safe-and-sane sellers are local nonprofits that put the profits back in the community. My Sebastopol Lions Club supports dozens of community organizations, buys eyeglasses and surgeries for anyone who needs them and supports school nurses, scholarships and other projects. If illegal fireworks are purchased, that money disappears, no one benefits, and we have a higher risk of danger.

When this was last discussed by the Sebastopol City Council, I said, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” I would hope this will still be followed.



Contempt is warranted

EDITOR: This is concerning Marc A. Theissen’s Thursday column (“The left’s contempt will re-elect Trump”) in which he talks about how contempt for the president is securing Donald Trump’s base.

However, this contempt isn’t from the left. It’s from those of us who have principles, adhere to the rule of law and are outraged at the continuous, verifiable lies coming from this president. It comes from those of us who feel that forced separation of families is a moral outrage.

At one point, Thiessen quoted a Trump supporter: “He’s not perfect … but when they’re hounding him … it just gets old.” What’s getting old is the dismantling of government bodies meant to help us. I can’t argue with stacking the courts, but at this stage, they are just an extension of the executive branch, supporting many of the policies of this administration — policies that I would argue are anathema to who we are.

So our three branches of government have been reduced to 1½. Congress is comprised of Trump sycophants who do nothing to check his abuses, and the courts are stacked toward the same ideology.

What is more perplexing is why more people aren’t outraged at this disaster.



Corrupt seizures

EDITOR: Regarding your Sunday and Monday articles about the Rohnert Park police department’s involvement in the controversial civil asset forfeiture program, I recommend that your readers watch John Oliver’s YouTube video on this subject. This program shows how this corrupt violation of basic civil rights has been going on across the county for more than a decade.

Anyone who has driven across the country recently has most likely been stopped somewhere along the interstate system at checkpoints under the guise of homeland security or immigration.

Putting an end to these ridiculous violations of our civil rights should be something everyone, liberal or conservative, can agree upon.



Trump’s day of infamy

EDITOR: Picture the president preening in front of a double sawbuck as he channels “Old Hickory” and whispers to himself: “This could be me, me, me.” However, Andrew Jackson was both a statesman and a general. Donald Trump is neither. Yet they have some ignoble acts in common.

Jackson’s dishonorable and zero-tolerance Indian Removal Act led to the tragic Trail of Tears. Trump’s equally dishonorable zero-tolerance policy and brutal border order has led to a children’s jail of tears and should likewise earn him a dark and disgraceful place in American history, not dissimilar to Dec. 7,1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”

The American people need to be like Dorothy and see that our wizard is just a faux president who will have no good interred with his bones.



A false sense of security

EDITOR: It won’t happen here.

Our youngsters are safe at school.

The office is secure; we have a guard.

Our home is our sanctuary and a sacred place to be.

The area isn’t known for having violent citizens, with rare exceptions.

Of course there have been times a party has gotten out of hand, or two people have disagreed on something.

We have the right to disagree and discuss things in a civil manner.

We usually walk away after hearing the other person’s side and they hear ours, regardless of whether we agree with them or not.

Life is good. No worries.

Then something tragic happens that wasn’t expected but might have been prevented if people were paying attention or following the law of the land.

But why worry … It won’t happen here.



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