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The problem is men

EDITOR: When will we change the conversation about assault? The Nov. 29 article by Steve Dorfman (“Running away from danger”) is yet another example of placing the responsibility on the victim.

We continue to tell women how to behave, how to act, how to dress to protect themselves. When will we realize that women aren’t the problem? Where is the article telling men how to stop attacking women? Where are the safety tips for men?

— Avoid going out alone at night.

— Stay in populated areas.

— Talk to a friend or relative.

— Keep your distance from women so they don’t feel threatened.

— Watch for suspicion activity of other men in the area.

— If you see someone in danger, do something.

— Carry a GPS tracker.

Women have had to bear the burden of protecting themselves for so long, maybe it’s time we tell men to stay indoors at night so women can be safe.



A business transaction

EDITOR: President Donald Trump describes himself as a businessman. And, indeed, he is.

The businessman-in-chief knows full well that if Roy Moore is elected, his Senate colleagues will scrutinize his past, and Moore will most certainly be unseated.

And that’s where the businessman can dictate who gets “fired.”

With Moore out, Trump could negotiate a deal with Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama to replace him with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The scenario gives Trump an opportunity to appoint an even more obsequious attorney general.

In light of his past proclivities, by his own recorded admission on “Access Hollywood,” some could accuse him of hedging a calculated risk. But when it comes to deal making, he knows the GOP is trumped if a Democrat gets elected.

Electing an alleged child molester to the United States Senate is not personal for Donald Trump. To the contrary, it’s strictly business.



Misappropriating disaster

EDITOR: Mona El-Farra attempted to exploit a local natural disaster to explain a foreign and distant political situation (“Gaza knows suffering too well,” Close to Home, Saturday). The situation in Gaza has little to do with the man-made one she attempted to connect.

Her use of our local wildfire diminishes the unique experience in order to promote her political agenda. It’s disheartening that she accuses Israel, and those who support it as a sovereign nation, of promoting a double standard of racism against Palestinians. Israelis endure a constant sense of suffering due to the threat of terrorism.

In contrast, I would like to remind readers of Israel’s humanitarian agenda. Over the past 26 years, Israel has sent out 15 aid missions to countries struck by natural disasters, providing medical care to thousands of people in dire need, acting as first responders to Mexico’s earthquake.

Additionally, IsraAID and the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief have assisted many communities — victims of earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal and Hurricane Katrina just to mention a few.

Misappropriating a natural disaster to bash Israel for a man-made environmental crisis is a faulty analogy. Israelis should be praised for their humanitarian efforts and recognized for the seemingly endless struggle to protect their land and citizens against terrorism.


Santa Rosa

Steinle verdict and guns

EDITOR: The right-wing world’s hair is on fire because of a Mexican national’s acquittal of the tragic death of Kate Steinle. Conservative figures from Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and James Woods to a white European nationalist group are decrying the verdict as a travesty of justice.

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions says San Francisco’s “decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.” Tom Homan, the deputy director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, claims that San Francisco’s sanctuary policy “is a blatant threat to public safety.”

Where is their outrage regarding this nation’s annual average gun deaths — some 33,000 U.S. victims? How do they react to the recent gun massacres in Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Texas and Tehama County? The National Rifle Association’s lapdog GOP-controlled Congress is poised to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow firearms owners to cross any state line with a hidden weapon. Democratic amendments that would have banned violent offenders from qualifying under the law were promptly squashed.

This is the sanctimonious wing-nuts’ way of offering “thoughts and prayers” for Kate Steinle.



True colors

EDITOR: It has become abundantly clear that the Republican Party’s grand scheme for the 2016 election is coming to fruition. The plan: unconditionally support an otherwise unacceptable candidate whose unique talent is to sell lower- and middle-income voters on the promise of tax relief.

Once in power, the plot moved to phase two: reward corporate and high-income donors with massive unfunded tax cuts.

Finally, count on the resulting enormous increases in the deficit to create an opening for the ultimate GOP goal: a full-out attack on the social safety net. Dismantling or privatizing Social Security and Medicare are long-held conservative goals.

Voters who thought Donald Trump would transform the GOP into a populist party should now see his true colors.



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