Sunday’s Letters to the Editor
For a moderate GOP
EDITOR: I agree with Moira Jacobs’ letter arguing that one-party government is a bad thing (“Failings of one-party rule,” Thursday). She urges us to vote Republican to create competition. This is a good point, but the California Republican Party follows the platform of the national Republican Party, which opposes women’s reproductive rights, gay rights, transgender rights, even minority rights.
Try moderation. Try bucking the national party. Go back to the conservative and libertarian ideas of the original GOP, not far-right ideas of the modern GOP. Maybe then Californians will vote Republican. It would help to denounce the racist statements about Latino people.
Richard Nixon couldn’t even get through the primaries these days. Too liberal. And forget about Dwight Eisenhower or even the two Bushes. George W. Bush tried to reform the immigration system and was shot down by Republicans in Congress. Return to reasonableness, and maybe people would vote Republican.
Public banks save money
EDITOR: Thomas Schiff, in his denunciation of AB 857 (“No public bank,” Letters, Tuesday), parrots the standard misrepresentations propagated by private banking interests.
Contrary to Schiff’s claim, public banks aren’t engaged in individual customer services and aren’t subject to the same competitive risks and costs as private commercial banks. As wholesale banks, they partner with community banks and credit unions to facilitate small-business lending, as well as providing low-cost credit to governmental entities to finance crucial public projects, such as affordable housing and disaster relief. Their success is defined by their cost-effective contributions to the public good.
The widely admired success of our own public electric utility, Sonoma Clean Power, gives the lie to Schiff’s knee-jerk claim that government agencies automatically bleed money. Sonoma Clean Power is the model of responsible governmental management that we should be emulating as we move to establish a regional public bank.
Currently, Sonoma County and its municipalities are paying millions of dollars in fees and debt servicing to Wall Street megabanks. That money should be repurposed to capitalize a public bank where our governmental accounts could be housed.
Santa Rosa’s City Council has now joined the long list of AB 857 supporters. We urge discerning readers to follow suit.
Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa
An incomplete job
EDITOR: I’m confused about the thought processes behind repaving the portion of Fulton Road from Occidental Road to West Third Street and not continuing the additional quarter-mile or less to West College Avenue.
Now, mind you, I’m thrilled that the work is being done, and so is my car. I don’t even care about having to contend with detours for a few months. But the small section from West Third to West College should be done as well. When the work is complete, you’ll have a smooth ride to West Third, then pot holes and bumps to West College and smooth again from there to Guerneville Road.
I’m shaking my head here. Someone please clue me in.
EDITOR: Two misunderstandings about climate change exist people’s minds. First, an average 2-degree Celsius temperature increase doesn’t mean everywhere experiences the average increase.