EDITORS: My amusement over your continuing coverage of the Oakmont dispute about pickleball and its fallout has turned to dismay with your editorial about the dispute (“Oakmont dispute is no longer about fun and games,” Friday). Only those who live in Oakmont care a whit, and they already know the stories better than your reporters. I can only conclude that someone on your Editorial Board lives there, because the disputes certainly don’t deserve the coverage you have devoted to them. Let’s get back to covering the myriad issues that all in Sonoma County care about.
The single-payer plan
EDITOR: Donald Trump’s mayhem multiplies. His campaign sold us a bill of goods. Now he runs his con as cover for the GOP Congress gang and Trumpcare’s bills of evils, which give real meaning to fantasy GOP “death panels.” Obamacare already has underinsureds (36 percent in California) unable to use their coverage due to cost, leaving them a serious injury/illness away from bankruptcy.
George Skelton’s July 1 column about Senate Bill 562, the single-payer health care bill, was untrue (“California speaker was anything but a coward”). The bill needs work, no doubt. The California Nurses Association’s University of Massachusetts analysis would be a superb guide. He said he read it, as should you all. It shows how possible it is to pay $331 billion for all residents with wider benefits, portability, full choices and no co-payments.
In 2016, $367 billion was spent on health care, with 71 percent paid by taxes. With $225 billion in future taxes, the University of Massachusetts report projects 18 percent savings (other expert studies expect savings of 30 percent-plus).
For the rest ($106 billion in 2016), a 2.3 percent sales tax (exempting housing, utilities and food) and a business receipts tax (exempting the first $2 million) would replace what we pay now. This is a win-win-winner.
DR. R.C. “JAKE” RUTHERFORD
EDITOR: I agree hugely with recent letters from Charlie Beck (“Population and climate,” July 18) and Leal Reinhart (“The greatest threat,” July 23) about over-population, our elephant in the room.
If life is sacred, are we to lavish more, more, more upon our dying oceans, disappearing forests and waning resources, resulting in more factory farmed animals, polluted air, water and earth, global warming and refugees? Exponential growth makes it impossible to attend properly to the life that’s here, that’s already sacred.
Humankind only reached our first billion people on the planet in the early 19th century. In this short 200 years, we’re up to 7.2 billion, with 350,000 new babies a day. Echoing Pogo: “We’ve met the enemy and he is us.”
EDITOR: Imagine if your city council were appointed by some government official instead of being elected by city residents. The inability to choose our local government representatives is the situation we residents of Sonoma County’s unincorporated towns now face (“County to add citizen groups,” July 19).
On the surface, the advisory councils that the Board of Supervisors are creating to provide local government input for unincorporated areas sound like they will provide a voice for residents. But the reality is, the model Sonoma County is using is anything but representative.