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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Bending the truth

EDITOR: Shame on The Press Democrat for its Oct. 18 editorial (“Did Congress just buy time for a budget deal?”) in which you bent the truth with this notion that our government could have defaulted on its debt had the partial shutdown been allowed to continue beyond Oct. 17 without raising the debt ceiling.

The truth is that a default is impossible unless the president takes it upon himself to go against the Constitution and not prioritize the debts.

I can't believe President Barack Obama would intentionally let us default. It would be political suicide.

BILL KETTENHOFEN

Kelseyville

No place for a gun

EDITOR: This entire Andy Lopez incident is a tragedy, and I feel very bad for his family. But we should not forget that he was carrying a toy gun with the orange tip removed, and he was asked to stop and drop the gun and did not. I feel even more empathy for the poor deputy (now outed) as his life will never be the same. There is no place in this country for assault weapons — toys or not. Nothing good ever comes from them.

SALLY HILLIARD

Sonoma

Graton election

EDITOR: As a ratepayer in Graton, I was astounded to receive a newsletter from the Graton Community Services District that prominently discussed the candidacy of the two incumbents, including extensive candidate statements, while only stating that there are challengers on Tuesday's ballot who refused to submit a statement.

This outrageous politicizing, paid for out of my tax bill, truly bears out the findings of the grand jury when it said the current board is out of touch in its relationship with the ratepayers. One board member, John Roehl, failed to even submit a candidate statement on the ballot but had no problem coming up with one when our tax dollars were used to pay for it.

As a former public office holder, I suspect the actions of the board members in sending out their personal promotional material at taxpayer expense is either illegal or, at best, a severe breach of ethics, if not common sense. If there were any doubt on my part as to what should now be done, it vanished with this self-aggrandizing newsletter paid for at my expense.

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