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Asking for justification

EDITOR: I’d like to hear from Donald Trump supporters, those who have voiced their opinions in this paper that the mainstream media (fake news) and those Americans who don’t approve of the job Trump is doing (61 percent) aren’t giving him a chance to keep his campaign promises.

I would be interested in knowing how they justify the fact that many times on the campaign trail Trump insisted that he would build a wall on our southern border and make Mexico pay for it, and now he wants American taxpayers to foot the $25 billion bill.

Also, how do they justify that he wants to allow off-shore oil drilling along the American coastline, except for Florida, where his beloved Mar-a-Lago and many other Trump holdings, are located?


Santa Rosa

A lesson about contracts

EDITOR: Columnist Chris Smith’s comments regarding the Four Winds Ropes Course in Occidental were unfair (“Class forced by fires to cancel ropes course left hanging,” Jan 25).

Because of the firestorm, an outing planned by the yearbook class at Santa Rosa High School to the ropes course was canceled. The teacher in charge of the program expected a full refund of $1,920 for 32 participants. The Four Winds owner offered a 50 percent refund as their contract stated or to reschedule the outing for another day at no additional cost. The teacher was stunned and responded that the students couldn’t miss another school day. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to reschedule for a weekend day?

Four Winds was affected by the firestorm as were many other recreational businesses. Extreme situations require flexibility and compromise. Obviously the owner can’t afford a total loss. His offer was considerate and professional.

This demonstrates to the students the all-too-common entitlement me-me-me mentality. It’s a missed opportunity to teach contractual responsibility and how to renegotiate equitably. Many salaried individuals have no clue what it takes to keep a business running, especially the financial obligations.

Maybe the Redwood Credit Union fund can help with these financial hardships.



Congressional comrades

EDITOR: In the fight over releasing the Russia memo, Republicans are obviously embracing the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (formerly known as the KGB). They look upon Vladimir Putin as a necessary evil to remain in power and are in agreement with his helping to elect President Donald Trump.

Republicans are attempting to end any investigation into foreign election meddling because they are counting on Russian meddling in the next election as their only means of attaining victory. They will go along with the firing of their own intelligence service members and go so far as to expose our most sensitive investigative procedures to our enemies as long as they can remain in power.

Republicans should begin addressing one another in Congress as “comrade” from now on.



Youth and pot

EDITOR: From the Smart Approaches to Marijuana website:

“Marijuana also users are three times more likely than non-users to become addicted to heroin, and a 2017 National Academy of Sciences report found a statistical association between marijuana use and the development of substance dependence for other drugs like opioids and heroin.”

Also: “The average potency of marijuana has skyrocketed since the 1970s, and research demonstrates it is associated with substance use disorders, drugged driving crashes, lower IQ and other negative consequences. Today, more young people are voluntarily seeking treatment for marijuana addiction than for all other drugs combined, including alcohol.”

The younger people are when they use marijuana, the more likely they are to become addicted and the greater possibility there is for negative psychological outcomes as a direct result of the use of marijuana.



Looking For patriots

EDITOR: Congress sent President Donald Trump a bill that imposed further sanctions against Russia. Trump signed the bill but hasn’t adhered to the Oct. 1 deadline for implementation.

Important elections are fast approaching in 2018, and no investigation into Russian interference in our elections has occurred. Once again, outcomes of elections aren’t necessarily going to be decided purely by American voters.

My concerns aren’t whether someone is a member of one party or another. Our government has checks and balances that protect all of us. Yet our current president is pushing the boundaries of everything that makes our country great.

No one is above the law. Senators and House members should be loyal to our country, not to our president. This is a betrayal to our country.

Trump has fired many who played important roles in the Robert Mueller investigation. If our president fires Mueller and the investigation ends, then I truly fear that the freedom we enjoy and the democracy we cherish will radically change and alter our lives forever.

I urge you to take the time to do some fact-checking, and then call or write your representatives.



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