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CONNIE HAUN

Santa Rosa

Teachers and guns

EDITOR: Many Americans have had concerns about Donald Trump’s intellect, decency and preparedness for the presidency but hoped he would learn on the job and do well for the good of the country. The president recommended that the solution to gun violence and mass shootings in schools is to arm teachers. This colossally stupid idea shows an utterly naïve view of American life. This absurd and costly idea is applauded by gun manufacturers and the leadership of the National Rifle Association but denounced by law enforcement, veterans teachers and school administrators.

As a teacher for the past 20 years, I would never accept a job in a school or allow my children to attend a school where teachers were armed. Furthermore, I expect many parents would fear that a troubled teacher would turn his/her gun on the students. Small children would be terrified in classrooms where their teacher has a gun. I expect the vast majority of prospective students who aspire to teach school would decide to change their career aspirations if this policy came to pass. More guns offers more opportunity for violence.

DON RAIMONDI

Santa Rosa

A case of hypocrisy

EDITOR: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released their response to the Republican’s memorandum that claimed FBI and Justice Department abuse of powers in spying on Donald Trump aide Carter Page. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York, said they “went to a secret court with secret documents for a secret warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen.”

Note the glaring hypocrisy: Last month, Zeldin was one of 256 House members who voted to expand government surveillance, ignoring widespread calls for reform from dozens of privacy and civil liberties groups. That vote was the missed opportunity to pass sweeping reforms to reign in the kinds of abuses that Zeldin now denounces.

To vote against surveillance reforms, then rail against surveillance is either dereliction of duty on his part or partisan pretense, both of which I have come to expect from Trump’s Republicans, who all seem to have consumed the Kool-Aid.

I hope that the American electorate will think long on the voting records of House members before the next election and with more consideration than what 256 members gave when voting to extend National Security Agency spying without balancing the needed privacy and surveillance reforms.

ROY CAMARILLO

Santa Rosa

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