Wednesday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.
EDITOR: I am shocked the Press Democrat editorial board can think to take a stand with the Sebastopol CVS/Chase development (“It's past time to approve CVS project,” Tuesday). The dismissal of a major traffic issue — four driveways to two — hardly seems appropriate for our local paper. How is the editorial writer a specialist on traffic in Sebastopol? There have been no traffic studies so far to support the additional commercial development.
Clearly you haven't driven through that intersection recently and found a 15-minute delay in progressing past the yet-to-be completed Barlow site. Adding additional congestion to an already compromised setting is not in the best interest of Sebastopol residents or merchants.
Not mentioned is that the project will not add any jobs to our town but simply relocate staff, leaving vacant properties elsewhere. How is that a benefit to Sebastopol?
A great show
EDITOR: What is with people who want to criticize the Titanic at this year's Sonoma County Fair? I think it is a great representation. A lot of work went into it, and I enjoyed the water exhibit it is in — cool and refreshing. It is just a representation — let's not take it too literally. To the negative people: Get over yourselves. This is the best flower show theme ever, but I say that every year.
EDITOR: Sanford Weill's apparent conversion toward supporting the Glass-Steagall law he helped destroy was a welcome, though unconvincing, development (“In about-face, Weill favors splitting up banks,” Thursday). Identified by Time magazine as one of the top 25 people to blame for the financial crisis, Weill helped create the loot-and-pillage Wall Street culture that brought our economy to its knees.
In his now famous CNBC interview, he spoke of loving the United States. Would Weill love the United States so much if, at his advanced age, he worked a minimum wage job because Wall Street shenanigans evaporated his retirement? Would he love the United States so much if a Wall Street bank threw his family into the street after fraudulently foreclosing on their hard-earned home? Would he love it if he was a 22-year-old college graduate with six-figure student loan debt and no prospect of reasonable employment?
We Americans love America, but the 1 percent love it more. With an election system funded by the super-rich, what Wall Street banker doesn't love the Weill-style influence over lawmakers our “democracy” allows them to purchase?
True philanthropy shuns recognition. Weill startled the nation with his words. Now he needs to walk the talk.
EDITOR: Isn't it enough that sheep provide food for those who choose to see them as meals rather then as beings who, like us, would rather live? Do they have to provide us with cheap entertainment now, too, being needlessly frightened and squeezed into shop entryways while being nervously herded through our urban downtown (“Sheep shenanigans,” Monday)? Even the organizers were “a little leery about it.” “Shenanigans” indeed. Shameful.
Changing the game
EDITOR: Billionaires are donating millions to get Mitt Romney elected. While it's a sure bet that President Barack Obama will win in most of the Bay Area, what can a working-class progressive do to compete with that kind of money and help the president get elected, besides voting? Well, here's an idea.
In Virginia, a former congressman named Virgil Goode is running for president on the Constitution Party ticket. He is ultra-conservative and got nearly 9 percent in a recent poll in his home state. If he gets on the ballot, he could pull enough voters away from Romney to drop Virginia, a swing state, right into Obama's lap. What if we all sent Virgil, say, $20 or so to help him get on the ballot?
See, politics can be fun.
TEMPLE O. SMITH
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