Saturday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
Jobs floating away
EDITOR: I was inspired by your article about the young men who invented interlocking inner-tubes until I got to the line about sending their manufacturing to China (“New take on tubing,” April 25). We constantly hear from entrepreneurs and businessmen about the importance of freedom, free markets and free trade, but then they go ahead and send jobs to and make their money in China, which is a corrupt, communist dictatorship, as well as the fastest growing economy in the world, and which punishes free dissent.
Whatever happened to Americans caring for Americans? Look to Germany to find a country in which the people and the government care for one another, with a social contract providing for both the rich and the poor. Germany keeps jobs at home, has labor represented on its corporate boards and has universal medical care. Also, its education system recognizes that not everyone has to go to college, training many from high school to do technical jobs that provide comfortable middle-class wages.
Germany, with social programs going back to 1890 under Bismarck, has risen from utter destruction in 1945 to become the economic leader of Europe, while we lose our manufacturing to off-shoring and run trillion dollar balance-of-payments deficits.
THOMAS J. VECCHIO
EDITOR: Steve Ciaffa (“Rip out parking meters,” Letters, April 27) misses one point in his argument. Although Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg don't have meters, they do have parking enforcement, and if you go over your time limit, you receive a citation. Santa Rosa also employs parking officers, so, meters or chalking your tires, citations are issued. So Santa Rosa is not the only city to enforce the parking situation.
Let ratepayers benefit
EDITOR: The Press Democrat's April 26 editorial (“County's rush to launch power agency”) makes an important point deserving further discussion:¬Who will benefit from the profits of the venture? Profits in 2017 after full roll out are estimated at $9.3 million, or 5 percent of revenues.
Green lobbyists, solar companies, large landowners and other special interests are looking to benefit directly from those profits and are eagerly pushing the Sonoma Clean Power venture.
A good case can be made, however, that the profits should go toward reducing power costs for ratepayers, not to special interests. After all, it is only because ratepayers will be paying more than necessary that Sonoma Clean Power will earn such large profits.
Current thinking is to use profits to further subsidize green projects. Ratepayers are only mentioned to say their costs will be “competitive” with PG&E. Sonoma Clean Power should make a commitment that profits will be shared 50/50 between ratepayer discounts and local green power subsidization.
If no consideration is given to lower rates and Sonoma Clean Power becomes only a subsidy machine for green special interests, then cost-conscious ratepayers should opt out.
EDITOR: Don't buy the National Rifle Association commercial. It is nothing more than another lobbying group — it just wants more of its product sold. Our government isn't trying to limit the guns owned by American citizens.
Our citizens have gone to their representatives and are asking to have greater restrictions and safeguards put on gun ownership by mentally unbalanced/dangerous people. Parents, spouses, siblings, cousins, neighbors of those deceased needlessly by gun violence are trying to get sensible gun control- universal background checks.
Obviously we have a growing problem; look at the statistics.
The Second Amendment says “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This clearly says “a well regulated.” OK, let's regulate in a way that is responsible and really keeps us all safer.
CONSTANCE VAN GROOS