Thursday’s Letters to the Editor
US is able to help
EDITOR: We are the wealthiest country in the world and have enough, I believe, to help asylum-seekers as well as take care of our infrastructure.
The border “crisis” has been manufactured by the cruel policies of Donald Trump. Traffickers are advertising that now is the time to migrate before the border is closed forever.
In addition, the majority of these people aren’t bringing drugs and crimes as advertised. Drugs come into the U.S. because, in the words of free market minions, there is a demand.
We need to realize that without decent schools and social safety nets, ignorance flourishes, drug use goes up, and intelligent dialog cannot be had — a problem of massive wealth inequity.
We need to support the Northern Triangle countries, not cut funding. We need to help them help themselves so that people find opportunity where they live.
As for our infrastructure and safety nets, think of what $1.4 trillion could have done to help. This is the money the treasury gave corporations via the new tax law in a time when their profits were already high.
Please consider these arguments before turning to hate.
EDITOR: I recently saw some signs placed along Occidental Road that read something to the effect of don’t speed, don’t kill yourself, and don’t kill others. Why would these signs be placed on such a nice country road? Because this country road that probably was quiet has become a speedway for weekday commuters and weekend beachgoers.
Occidental is also a death trap as people fly down it at 60 mph and up in a rush to get to wherever they are going. Not everyone reaches their destination. Clearly, we’re concerned.
This road has outgrown Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, and we desperately need stoplights, especially where Occidental awkwardly intersects with Irwin Lane. If you ever try to turn left onto Occidental there, you’ll feel grateful to come out of that turn in one piece.
Why am I so concerned about this road? Because I live along this road, and I don’t even feel safe going out to get my mail. In fact, as I was turning into our driveway one day recently, the driver behind me had the audacity to honk.
Use of this main connecting road isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. And it’s a privilege that that has been abused. You want a highway? Take Highway 12. Occidental Road isn’t your highway.
A flawed shooting policy
EDITOR: Regarding the first public comments of sheriff’s Sgt. Erick Gelhaus regarding the killing of Andy Lopez, the “thoroughness of the investigation” isn’t what needs to be communicated to restore confidence in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (“County releases Lopez records,” April 11).
What needs to be communicated is why the internal affairs review was so deeply flawed as to come up with the preposterous notion that Gelhaus was justified in thinking that his life was in danger. If this review describes the criteria that is being followed by the department, then no one in Sonoma County is safe.