Is this what they meant by ‘great again’?
EDITOR: Over the past two years, it’s been tough to accept how Trump and his ilk have allowed the cream to fall to the bottom and the sour milk rise to the top. If I wasn’t so old and had so many grandchildren nearby, I might consider looking at Canada. Both houses in D.C. are so fragmented, they barely represent much of anything I hold dear. Nearly every day we are inundated with news about daily shootings, arson, people openly shouting racist slogans, mass murders in churches of all faiths, fragmented relationships and $50 haircuts. I would like to know how things have gotten great again since Trump was elected.
But I can’t leave which brings me to the crux of the question: What’s left to do?
This week we have the opportunity to vote and help get others to the poles to vote. Our vote won’t change the crazy bastards who hide in plain sight, waiting to be triggered into action by punks like Trump; those guys have always been a part of our human experience. But if enough good-spirited people take advantage of the midterms and again in 2020, maybe, just maybe, we can swing the compass back toward civility, acceptance and grace, but it’s going to take a long time.
The other thing we can all do is turn off the incessant “breaking news” feeds we get online every day. Maybe Trump has a valid point about “fake news,” since the major online news channels are merely opinion outlets. They are not real news outlets. The talking heads with their inescapable “panel of experts,” sit around and butter the side of the bread that best suits their audience. CNN/FOX are different sides of the same coin, massive opinion pulpits, spoon-feeding their skewed views to their parishioners by the hour; and their followers lap it up and become even more self-righteous in their beliefs. I am tired of the dozens of rehashed “breaking news” stories I get on email every day so I simply took all of these news feeds off line. The world will sort itself out when it’s ready.
In the meantime, I’ll try to change my world, one vote at a time, as long as I am able. I hope you do the same.
Kelly for SRJC board
EDITOR: As a former member of the Board of Trustees at Santa Rosa Junior College, I have maintained a keen interest in the future of our college and its students. I believe that John Kelly is the candidate Sonoma County needs. He brings fresh energy and a commitment to the needs of our community.
I find incumbent Jeff Kunde’s failure to consistently attend board meetings distressing and believe that we need trustees ready to show up and fulfill their commitments to the community. SRJC’s budget is complex and needs to be honored to the taxpayers who have supported it for 100 years.
Please vote for John Kelly on Nov. 6.
Marsha Vas Dupre
Kunde for SRJC board
EDITOR: As a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees for over 20 years, I’m pleased to endorse current trustee Jeff Kunde for re-election to the Sonoma area seat.