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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 12

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EDITOR: As women we learn over our lifetimes to deal with aggressive and belligerent behavior from men. I plainly saw aggressive and belligerent behavior watching Brett Kavanaugh. As a society we accept it, therefore it never changes. Women who “want to get ahead” are encouraged to act this way too.

I look back and remember high school. Those at the top of the social heap regularly threatened me, and my oddball and outcast friends. Most of the establishment teachers and school administration condoned it. My friends may have been weird, used drugs and considered never to amount to anything, but I will say we treated each other with kindness, respect and friendship. We dreaded if the jocks or soc girls would show up at any of our parties and we stayed away from theirs.

I went to a fine arts college and that dynamic was not in play. We were all kind of odd and our teachers were too. People drank, got high, but no one threatened anyone.

Then the work world. Sadly the same dynamic I saw in high school was the norm. Most of my managers over the years were aggressive and belligerent most of the time. While I was not the target of sexual assault, several of my female coworkers were over my years in corporate life. The companies just moved the women around to different departments and never did anything about the male sexual predators among us.

As a society we reward these people, as we think they are somehow more capable because their aggressive attitude means they are powerful and in control. It is too bad; as our children grow up seeing this behavior rewarded, they too learn it.

Josette Brose-Eichar

Sonoma Valley

The enemy within

EDITOR: I am writing in reply to Mr. Peter Maushardt’s opinion letter (“Qualified Adults Are Now Running Things,” Sept. 14).

I wonder if Mr. Maushardt is a “conservative” and/or a “Republican”? The answer surely must be “no.” While Mr. Trump has delivered on a number of items on the conservative agenda, the ballooning national debt makes it clear that you cannot support Mr. Trump and still be a historical conservative. More, you cannot be a Republican and tolerate Trump’s incessant attacks on the FBI and other institutions, which I suspect less than two years ago, were very dear to the author.

I wonder if he is a “Christian”? Clearly not. No Christian of conscience can support Mr. Trump. His mendacity and his multiple infidelities simply do not permit a good Christian to support him. More, look at Jesus who railed often and loudly against the rich:

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” And Jesus had similar things to say about perfidy, at which Trump excels. (In comparison, by the way, Jesus never said one bad word about homosexuals.)

So, is Mr. Maushardt “stupid”? No, he is not. But he is clearly misinformed. I suspect that he gets most of his news, such that it is, from Fox News, as he lists the myriad of false conspiracies promoted by Sean Hannity and others in his letter. I marvel at how Clinton conspiracies can still excite people and simply won’t go away, yet, the author apparently has no concern about potential crimes by Trump. An honest man would want the truth about him.

But my last question is not rhetorical. Why is this man so angry? There is something broken in America right now. We have lost our charity, our decency and our compassion. Trump is a symptom, not the cause. This is what scares me the most. If everything is so great in Mr. Maushardt’s world right now, where is his love and kindness? Instead, he rages against an enemy he believes was vanquished. Why bother if things are so swell?

Scott Smith

Sonoma

Measure M means ‘parks for all’

EDITOR: Here is why I’m voting “yes” on Measure M to invest in parks for all (“Measure M: Sales Tax Seeks to Fund Public Parks,” Sept. 28). Since I moved to Sonoma Valley 30 years ago, I’ve adored living so close to so many parks. Early on, I walked Maxwell Farms Regional Park every day with my beloved dog Shasta. More recently, my partner’s black lab service dog Ming got to swim and frolic at “water bark” at Spring Lake. One time a bunch of us diehards hiked up Mt. Hood in mid-winter, and snow fell down on our heads and boots.

Today you’re more likely to see me dancing at the base of the soaring peak at Funky Fridays all summer long. And like so many of us since last year’s fires, I’ve been walking the hillsides and oak forests of Sonoma Valley Regional Park as the charred landscape grew back green, wildflowers appeared, then turned gold again.

So now it’s time to give back. Trails need fixing. Creek banks need restoring. Baseball fields and tennis courts need upgrading. New parks are in the wings. Voting “yes” on Measure M will provide a stream of funds from a eighth-cent countywide sales tax for 10 years to make our parks bigger and better than ever. So if you love Sonoma County’s parks as much as I do, please vote “yes” on Measure M for parks for all in November.

Teri Shore

Sonoma