Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: I’m so angry I could spit feathers. On Sunday, the Press Democrat gave 24 column inches to the news of 67 people arrested in Petaluma as they protested inhumane treatment of chickens. On Friday morning, as I drove around Santa Rosa’s Northpoint Corporate Center, I counted 20 RVs, 14 trailers, 26 tents and 45 other vehicles — 105 abodes, places where humans live.
I returned later in response to a notice that police were in the area. I recorded video of tents being dragged across the street by officers and a trailer being towed. I thought that was it. At noon, I returned to zero tents. At 7 p.m., I returned to help record stories of brutal decimation. What incredibly inhumane treatment of humans.
Where is the article about this inhumanity?
Why isn’t something written relating to Martin v. Boise, the Sept. 5 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirming that the government may not “criminalize conduct that is an unavoidable consequence of being homeless —namely sitting, lying, or sleeping on the streets”?
What of the contradiction between the resolution on homelessness of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission (the paper hasn’t covered that either) and the eviction done under the watch of the Santa Rosa Police Department?
EDITOR: If not for outrageous injustices along the way, we would not be on the verge of a super right-wing U.S. Supreme Court.
First, I believe Clarance Thomas perjured himself in 1991.
Second, Al Gore was the rightfully elected president in 2000, but the Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush. Gore certainly would not have appointed either Samuel Alito or John Roberts.
Third, Merrick Garland’s appointment was blocked for more than a year, resulting in his seat being stolen by Neil Gorsuch.
Gorsuch was appointed by Donald Trump, who rode in with the help of a foreign adversary with whom he may have conspired to undermine our election.
By the way, he lost by 3 million votes, which further delegitimizes his presidency.
And finally, the current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, may also be a perjurer appointed by the same illegitimate, fake president who is now an unindicted co-conspirator.
Isn’t one perjurer on the Supreme Court enough? And isn’t it time to put fair-minded, nonpartisan judges on the court so that it can perform as an impartial arbiter and not merely as an extension of the Republican right-wing agenda?
The loss of good faith
EDITOR: I was saddened to read the article about the Albion River Bridge lawsuit (“Lawsuit filed in bridge dispute,” Sept 24). How are we to repair our decaying infrastructure when residents oppose such efforts at every turn?
On the other hand, what are residents supposed to do in the face of greater and greater corruption within our governments at the cost of the safety and stability of our society? Who can we trust?
Given the power differential involved, I am inclined to call on all government officials to make the first move and make acting with transparency and integrity a top priority.