Tuesday letters to the editor
Where are the police?
EDITOR: OK, I’m angry. The sideshows continued unabated on Saturday for a second night in a row. Friday was 500 feet from me, and I thought the windows were going to shatter from the explosions. Saturday was a mile and a half away, but I could hear the tires squealing, the fireworks exploding and the engines revving. When I think about how many times I’ve been pulled over on my bike by the Santa Rosa Police for stupid things like a dim taillight, I have to ask how the chief of police can say he’s scared to send agents to stop this? Why does the Santa Rosa Police Department even exist?
EDITOR: The differences between Communist, Dictatorial and Democratic governments need to be taught in our schools so that children grow up knowing how to behave. In response to Thursday’s article titled “Passage of infrastructure bill sparks uproar,” describing a Republican backlash against GOP lawmakers who voted for the bill, I will say a simple version of the communism, dictatorship and democracy. Communists and dictators attack fellow lawmakers for not following the instructions of their senior leaders, whereas in a democracy disagreement is not only tolerated, it is respected.
I don’t know about you, but if my king isn’t wearing clothes, I’ll say something. These are the words of an American veteran, written on Veterans Day.
Fund mental health
EDITOR: The American Rescue Plan Act offers Sonoma County an unprecedented opportunity to bridge the biggest gap in equity and opportunity in our community: unequal access to services for people with mental illness. People with severe mental illness die on average 15 to 30 years younger than those without, and are much more likely not to have a home.
This difference represents the greatest disparity in health in the United States, greater than differences in gender, race or socio-economic. The American Rescue Plan Act can be a catalyst for financially viable solutions through the expansion of evidence-based peer support programs (people with mental health issues trained and employed to support peer clients).
Peer staff from West County Community Services developed the Transitions program to extend peer support to clients with mental illness who are homeless or have difficulty finding housing. Transitions is designed to place trained peer interns in county institutions (health services, law enforcement, Community Development Commission) to provide client-centered input for more effective services.
Fortunately, the timing is perfect. The state qualified peer services as eligible for Medi-Cal billing at the end of 2022 or 2023. By providing initial capital, the one-time bailout investment would prepare Sonoma County for early access to a Supported Medi-Cal funding and would help cope with the growing power of our community. mental health and housing issues.
Look at the equity office
EDITOR: After reading that Sonoma County lost two top officials who cited frustrations over micro-aggression and racial prejudice (“Outgoing officials cite racial prejudice,” October 29), I was unable to tell. ‘keep me from wondering: where was the county equity office through all of this?
The supervisory board admits the county could have done more to address these issues and prevent the departure. As a member of the community, I was led to believe that this new Equity Office would be in place to review county policies and practices to ensure racial fairness. Yet here we are with the departure of one of the county department heads after two and a half years of “dealing with the stress and damage caused by racial prejudice and micro-aggression.”
Isn’t the purpose of the Office of Equity to prevent such things from happening, especially in the county ranks? Maybe the county needs to take a step back, reassess and follow through on the promise it made to its staff and community.
Democracy in Danger
EDITOR: Without a doubt, the current American body politic is divided. However, there are some guiding principles on both sides. The notion of blame directs many. The idea of non-accountability has become the only mantra of Americans.
It is enough to listen to and observe people in everyday life. It is not uncommon to hear people react when told they will be required to pay for services and products they have used and which are now expired. “Doesn’t the warranty cover wear items?” I’m not going to pay for it.
They do the same in politics: “I am not responsible for the division in this country. I will not be held responsible for the failure of the government. In fact, I don’t care that our democracy fails.
Americans take the Constitution for granted. Because they have always enjoyed the freedoms under the law and the guidance provided by our ancestors, they mistakenly believe that this situation is immutable.
Wake up, America. Our democracy is very fragile. And you will have to pay for the wear and tear of democracy or risk living in an authoritarian society.
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