Food stamp spending
EDITOR: Thanks for printing the commentary about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lack of accountability regarding food stamps (“Uncovering the secrets of food stamps,” Aug. 9). I admit ignorance. This is journalism we need at this stage in our country. Four out of $5? One in seven Americans? Liquor stores that can accept food stamps? An $80 billion expenditure (out of $150 billion)? The strong link between obesity and income? One starts to strongly suspect backroom kick-backs, departmental nepotism, dysfunction and, worst, self-serving bureaucrats — that old-fashioned word.
EDITOR: Regarding the article about the art sculptures at Montgomery Village (“SR public art draws fire,” Wednesday), all I can say is, Oh my god, who the hell cares?
I've seen these sculptures, even taken pictures of them. I think the whole project was nicely done. I didn't know there were “originals” versus “duplicates” until the story pointed them out. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Don't we have more important issues to worry about in this town?
EDITOR: How is the reunification of Old Courthouse Square still on the table? This project has never been popular with the public and would cost millions of dollars with little (if any) benefit. Projected costs were around $14 million back in 2010; what would this cost today? Our severely underfunded street repair budget was recently reported to be around $5 million per year. Isn't maintaining our current infrastructure more important? Is this someone's personal legacy? Who benefits financially from this project? Someone should seriously look into the motivational force behind this issue.
EDITOR: Mendocino County has finally ordered the city of Ukiah to cap and seal its landfill and to come up with a post-closure maintenance plan.