Relax the deadline
EDITOR: Sonoma County supervisors must reconsider their strong-arm tactics (“Deadline set for fire debris removal,” Saturday). To begin with, it’s a mistake to refer to the document as a right-of-entry form. Sure, that’s the title, but entry isn’t the sticking point.
I observe that there have been no full-page ads from insurers urging policyholders to hurry and sign on. This document has some gotchas in it, and no one should sign it without careful consideration.
It’s nice that the county, the Army Corps of Engineers and their contractors all want to help. But, their “help” must not additionally disadvantage homeowners who have already suffered unimaginable loss.
So, knock it off, supervisors. Give these folks time to talk to their attorneys, insurers and contractors so they can make the right, informed decision. A 10-day time limit is totally unacceptable. We don’t want county supervisors treating our unfortunate friends and neighbors in such a shabby way.
Weapons of war
EDITOR: How many more senseless mass killings will it take before the people demand a ban on weapons that were designed for war?
EDITOR: Ramesh Ponnuru (“Losers in the GOP’s tax plan can afford the loss,” Saturday) states that the more compelling point in the tax debate is that “low-tax states should not have to subsidize high-tax ones,” he misses the bigger picture.
He neglects to mention that, according to a 2005 study by the Tax Foundation, high-tax states subsidize low-tax states. High-tax states such as California and New York receive less in federal dollars than they pay in taxes. Low-tax states such as Alabama and Texas receive more federal tax dollars than they pay in taxes.
California, New York and other high-tax states have had to pay for these welfare states for years. For Ponnuru to say California should pay even more to support deadbeat states is a poor argument at best.
EDITOR: We lost our home in the fire. When the fire was first reported, there are only two possibilities. Either the Fire Department didn’t respond fast enough to put out the blaze before it could spread, or it responded in a timely manner but didn’t have the necessary manpower to contain the blaze while it was still in its earliest stages. They were either late, or they were undermanned. There are no other explanations, and I find both to be very disturbing.
Whether the initial fire was the responsibility of Napa or Sonoma county doesn’t matter. The morons who run our government are more interested in spending money to provide homeless encampments, or sanctuary city safe havens, or downtown unification projects or worthless SMART trains than they are in staffing our community with fire and police protection. And don’t even get me started on the schools. I hold government responsible for the loss of my home.
A secondary disaster
EDITOR: An article in last Wednesday’s paper quoted officials regarding the urgency for fire clean-up before winter rains commence (“With upcoming rain, fear of contamination”). Property owners are reluctant thus far to allow government to clean up their toxic ash and may be setting the stage for a secondary tragedy: massive polluting of our waterways.