Sit this war out
EDITOR: It seems pretty clear that Congress, the American people and every country but France wants us to stay out of Syria. Here's a thought: Let's listen to Congress, the American people and every country but France.
While we are at it, let's excuse France, which in all fairness is just trying to help, since it is our ally and probably not all that enthusiastic about sending French soldiers to yet another Middle Eastern conflict where no one wins and citizens and soldiers die daily.
No matter what the U.S. does, there will be never be thanks from anyone. If we interfere, yet again, in the Middle East, we will be reviled. Even if we invade Syria and destroy that country as we have destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no guarantee that any type of democracy will emerge. If we stand down and refuse to let our young people be fodder for someone else's war, we will also be reviled.
I don't know about you, but I am really tired of being the Satan. And I am extremely tired of sending the best of our youth to fight someone else's wars. Let's keep our soldiers stateside, and sit this one out.
EDITOR: Oh, goodie. Warren Watkins and Healdsburg Citizens for sustainable Solutions are at it again, floating an idea of limiting Healdsburg hotels on a ballot measure (“Healdsburg group wants limits on hotels,” Sept. 7).
The last time he got his knickers in a twist, he sued a quality developer to thwart a quality project. Once he was done suing, he sent them a bill for $750,000. Fortunately, a judge had the good sense to slash that amount. If Watkins had any regard for the appearance of his motives, he should have funded the case on his own dime.
Here's another scoop: Hotels and wineries are the ones moving into properties in Healdsburg. So, unless a vacant, boarded up building fits your idea of small-town charm, maybe projects like this shouldn't be so stridently opposed.