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Friday's Letters to the Editor

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

Media hypocrites

EDITOR: If you readers ever doubted the obvious bias of the so-called mainstream media, the recent coverage of Sen. John Kerry's nomination to be secretary of state should put the issue to rest.

Recall the recent presidential campaign and the media's obsession with Mitt Romney's wealth and holdings overseas. We witnessed a shocking demonization of an American success story.

It is well known that Kerry is worth around $250 million, more or less, and that his heiress wife is worth more. His overseas holdings are far greater than those of Romney, but we aren't being told that he is out of touch with the common folks as we were regarding Romney. This current fawning and slobbering over Kerry by the media can only be considered pathetic and hypocritical.

DAVID LEIBERT

Santa Rosa

Electoral power grab

EDITOR: If you feel the ground shaking these days, it's not an earthquake you're feeling, it's the Founding Fathers rolling in their graves over a Republican proposal to change the way the Electoral College elects a president.

Republican state legislators in Virginia and Ohio want to change their state laws to allocate their electoral votes based on who wins the majority in each congressional district.

This is anti-majority rule and a dangerous idea that has the potential to steal the election from the winner of the popular vote. Yet it is gaining traction within the Republican Party. They see this as a way to circumvent the will of the people, just as they tinkered with ways to make it harder for people to vote in 2012 with voter ID requirement and bans on early voting.

Mitt Romney would have won the 2012 election if electors were bound to the results of congressional districts, even though President Barack Obama won the popular vote by more than five million votes. And Republicans know it. Voters need to keep a sharp eye on this power grab proposal and oppose it vigorously before it gains any further ground.

MIKE VANDEVEER

Sebastopol

Vigilante sheriff

EDITOR: I don't know who I am more afraid of — criminals and crazies with guns or elected officials with guns such as Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman who may refuse to enforce gun legislation, if there ever is any (“Sheriff Allman joins gun debate,” Saturday).

I looked up the definition of vigilante, and it describes Allman's position perfectly. I am so glad I don't live in Mendocino County.

CHERYL EVENSON

Santa Rosa

Another insider

EDITOR: The appointment of Robin Swinth to the Santa Rosa City Council apparently was a fait accompli (“New SR council member chosen,” Tuesday).

A friend who is well-connected in these matters whispered her name in my ear a few weeks ago when I was gathering signatures and contemplating whether to apply for this position.

I suspected the council had someone in mind and that this process was implemented to allow them to get that person. When I suggested this to my prescient friend, he agreed. It was in response to my hunch that he identified Swinth as the likely choice.

I don't know Swinth, but she appears to be well qualified. I'm sure she'll do a great job. However, one can't help but conclude that this game was rigged. I'm less concerned that she's an east-sider than I am that she's an insider. She's a member of the club, so to speak.

The ramifications are significant. In 2014, Swinth will have the advantage of running as an incumbent. Don Taylor and Caroline Bañuelos ran and financed legitimate campaigns but were overlooked in this dubious application and interview process. If either of them runs again, they'll have to do it as outsiders.

I'm not sure this is the governance we want, but it appears to be the one we'll have to accept.

MARK WARDLAW

Santa Rosa

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