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Including: “the county is on track …”, “the county based its estimate …”, “the county … has … issued permits …”, “a bond could help the county …”, “the county needs to take action …”, “the county support for a bond …”, “the county should have …” Who is this “the county” to whom you refer so deferentially?

I can understand the need to replace “the millionaire developers who have been influential in Sonoma County politics for years” with a simple non-derivative. Hopefully the citizens of Sonoma County aren’t all as stupid as you think we are.

Notice also how the article emphasized that there isn’t a problem but a crisis, obviously necessitating radical and swift reaction, not to mention using taxes to profit developers. Also the headline gave us hope that the leaders will fix (whatever that means) this crisis. How does The Press Democrat differentiate between journalism and propaganda?

Then, don’t forget the poor businesses that will never have a chance to grow (sprawl, in other words) … and provide more sales and property tax income to our cash-addicted local governments.

If I may be so deferential, where is “the county” going to get the water supply for 50,000 new homes?

STEVE SARSFIELD

Graton

Teachers and guns

EDITOR: With all the talk of arming teachers and school staff members, I feel the need to put in my two cents. After being a school night custodian for nearly 30 years (now retired), the idea of arming teachers is frightening. I cannot tell you the number of times I had a teacher approach me and say, “I’ve misplaced my school keys. Can you keep an eye out for them? Oh, and don’t say anything to the office.”

Teachers losing keys is commonplace, but imagine them misplacing a loaded weapon. If I were still working and had the chance to work the day shift, am I expected to be one of the special people required to be armed? No, thank you. Please put this crazy idea behind us.

DAVID MECHLING

Rohnert Park

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