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The better and faster route is to take advantage of this alliance of county, state and federal agencies, and get your property cleared as quickly as possible and your certification that the cleanup is complete.

The greatest risk is waiting for a cheaper option, which no one is actually offering now, and ending up months from now with a property for which you cannot get clearance to rebuild.

ANDREA NOBLE

Santa Rosa

A message for Trump

EDITOR: Hooray for the Democrats’ victories in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere. Democracy is soooo great. It has a way of bringing equality to power, as long as it isn’t compromised with help from outsiders. Hopefully, Donald Trump will realize that perhaps he shouldn’t stay in a river that is running downhill. Talking nice and listening to his political enemies would be a nice start.

GENE VAP

Santa Rosa

Inherent risks

EDITOR: When we build our homes on the coast, there is a risk from tsunamis and hurricanes. When we build in flood-prone areas, there is an obvious risk from floods. When we build on the sides of canyons, there is a higher risk of devastating fires.

Every year in Southern California, in the San Bernardino Mountains, homes built on the side of canyons burn with predictable certainty.

When the Tubbs fire broke out near Calistoga, it started as an explosion of fire. No amount of resources could stay ahead of it. The first responders were running for their lives.

The letter saying there weren’t enough firefighters is misplaced (“Government’s fault,” Wednesday). When we elect officials solely on the basis that they will not raise taxes, we have to expect and accept the risk that, at some time, money will be lacking for emergencies.

Cal Fire cannot be on standby in Sonoma County 24/7 during fire season. Catastrophic firestorms don’t happen often. When they do, it’s tragic for the whole community. When we rebuild, let’s rebuild better.

STEVE CARTER

Santa Rosa

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