Trump and the ‘big lie’

EDITOR: President Trump stated that he believes former President Obama is behind the “leaks coming from the White House and the (paid?) angry agitators disrupting town hall meetings.”

Adolf Hitler wrote in “Mien Kampf”: “In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.”

And, although they continue to remain silent about this President’s lies, the Republican Party is ultimately complicit in the attack on our democracy.

J. Figueroa

Sonoma

Editing, Sonoma-style

EDITOR: I was very disappointed in your coverage of the aircraft accident in Fresno (“Crashing the Party,” March 3) being referred to as “aviation Sonoma-style” implying that Sonoma pilots go around crashing all over the state! The pilot was not from the City of Sonoma nor was he affiliated with Sonoma Sky Park. Sky Park and EAA Chapter 1268 are very involved with General Aviation. EAA Chapter sponsors the Young Eagles program the second Sunday of each month where the volunteer pilots and crew fly youngsters age 8 to 18 for free. Each flight is registered with EAA headquarters and the chapter is awarded “points,” each point has a value of $5. These “credits” are used to send deserving youngsters to the EAA annual gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chapter 1268 has an outstanding record of young men who have participated in the Young Eagles program and gone on to be commercial and military pilots. In addition to the Young Eagle program there is the Aviation Explorer Post which introduces youngsters to aviation. The program has never had an incident or accident. We average about 20 flights each session which is in the neighborhood of 220 flights per year. It’s unfortunate the Fresno accident happened, but it certainly wasn’t indicative of “aviation Sonoma-style.”

B.K. White

Young Eagles Coordinator

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing B.K. I should probably explain that in that “column signature,” also known as a “label,” space above big photos, we’ll sometimes refer to something as “Sonoma-style” to indicate that things in Sonoma are often done a little differently (“Weather, Sonoma-style” appeared in the rainy issue two days before). It’s intended with warmth and whimsy, and given the pilot emerged from his cockpit unscathed and in good humor, we considered it ultimately a happy conclusion to his landing. That being said, I can see your point – we wouldn’t want to cement an image of an overturned biplane into the solid reputation Sonoma pilots enjoy within the aviation community. And thanks for the time you give to the Young Eagles program – that sounds like an awesome day out for local kids.

– J.W.