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Slowed by the internet

EDITOR: From your Sunday article “On the job at home”: “The biggest challenge to setting up a home office, he said, was finding adequate broadband internet access where he lives.” This is a national disgrace similar to the rural electrification problem we faced nearly 100 years ago.

Our internet service is much slower and more expensive than other developed nations. A primary reason for South Korea’s success in 21st century consumer products is widespread availability of fiber optic communications. Our major internet providers, which enjoy a near monopoly, steer us to wireless systems that have a lower capital investment — a shortsighted approach that will hamstring future economic development. Wireless can never match the speed and capacity of fiber optic cable.

These other nations have taken the approach that government should provide the infrastructure needed for private economic development. That means fiber optic connections to all homes and businesses. Internet providers would pay to use the fiber, much like private delivery businesses pay to use our government-built highways. You can learn more about what’s going on in Sonoma County at sonomacounty.ca.gov/EDB/Access-Sonoma-Broadband.

Our economic future is at stake.

ROBERT PLANTZ

Santa Rosa

Defend yourselves

EDITOR: Two days in a row you published letters stating that the free press is dead. They claim the hateful, horrible liberal Democrats have taken over all mainstream media. I think it’s time for The Press Democrat to step up and defend itself.

I challenge you to conduct a public forum. Invite those letter writers to sit on a panel. Give them piles of past copies of The Press Democrat. Ask them to point out the stories that are fake. They are so sure it is true, it should be easy for them. You owe it to all your readers to expose either your lies or the letter writers’ lies.

The fake news propaganda is dangerous for America and should be exposed for the evil it is. Or, if fake news is real, it must be exposed.

LEW LARSON

Sebastopol

Protecting lives

EDITOR: I wish all those people who would have every pregnant women not terminate pregnancies in order to preserve the sanctity of life would step up to the plate and take care of those they worked so hard to make sure were born.

Every time someone passes a homeless person on the street, that was someone’s baby at one time. Every jail and death row is filled with pregnancies that went to term. Does that mean every unwanted baby ends up unloved, a criminal or on the streets? Of course not.

Is every child who is brought into this world going to be wanted and loved? We have more concern for the unwanted reproduction of our pets than we do human beings. We will adopt a rescue or stray but not vote or advocate to take care of another human.

If you think adoption is the answer, think about the five kids who went off the Mendocino cliff with their moms. It is all well and good to say human life is precious, but it is another thing to really cherish and protect that life once it is here.

KAREN NORMAN-BOUDREAU

Sebastopol

Vaccines and religion

EDITOR: As a Christian Scientist, I too am aware of the “cultural and religious struggles” that can surround the subject of vaccination, as Dr. Parker Duncan pointed out (“Take it from us, your doctors, vaccines are safe and effective,” Close to Home, April 28). Yet I agree with his expectation of churches to “enforce the value of believing in something larger than oneself.”

I would like to add that this actually defines the spirit in which Christian Scientists strive to approach their individual decision-making on this topic today.

For years, Christian Scientists have relied on a decidedly prayer-based method of healing. Even so, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, once counseled church members: “Rather than quarrel over vaccination, I recommend, if the law demand, that an individual submit to this process (and) that he obey the law.”

Although the Christian Science Church does not compel the individual health care decisions of its members, careful consideration for the common good and for one’s community — doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, valuing the safety of others, and cooperating with public health officials — reflects the heart and soul of its teaching and practice.

ERIC NELSON

Christian Science Committee on Publication for Northern California Petaluma

Time for a change

EDITOR: While nobody can predict the future, it looks as if it could be another bad fire season. While there was a Sonoma County fire public symposium a year ago, to my knowledge, the present Board of Supervisors, including Supervisor Shirlee Zane, hasn’t implemented any new early warning measures, such as sirens.

Zane was most responsible for the whole Chanate Road hospital land sale fiasco.

Also, the county spent more than $1 million to pursue the dismissal of the Andy Lopez civil case all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court in the vain effort to have it dismissed. The county then had to shell out another $3 million to the Lopez family to put the case to rest.

Chris Coursey won’t make these kind of errors of judgment. He has my full support in his bid to become our next 3rd District supervisor. It is time for a change in leaders.

FRANK BAUMGARDNER

Santa Rosa

You can send a letter to the editor at letters@pressdemocrat.com

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