Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for Dec. 28




San Anselmo councilman’s

‘gratuitous drama’

The Pledge of Allegiance is not to the current president, but to one indivisible nation.

Gestures such as Councilman Ford Greene’s only divide us.

If 30 percent of the country decide to do as Mr. Greene does, why wouldn’t a different 30 percent do the same after the next change of administration?

These small ceremonies in our everyday civic life are intended to remind us that we’re all in this together. Mr. Greene’s approach creates the opposite effect.

City Council meetings often deal with contentious issues, but they’re mostly resolved in an atmosphere of civility. That’s how the political process is supposed to work.

Those who introduce gratuitous drama into public meetings want to have it both ways: While most of us continue to respect decorum, they think they can create their little shows without further coarsening the culture.

— Steve Stein, Larkspur

Greene’s demonstration a sign of hubris

I must admit that young people taking a knee is slightly ageist. Those of us post-war baby boomers may start taking a knee and never be able to get up.

Imagine us on the San Anselmo Town Council taking a knee and having to remain that way for the entire meeting.

Councilman Ford Greene, by taking a knee, demonstrates the hubris of the look-at-me generation and their Twitter, Facebook, etc. mentality, feeding the insatiable narcissistic monster.

They become the thing they despise, a tweeting self-promoting billboard.

Why not work like the Rotarians featured in Sunday’s Dick Spotswood column? Whether helping out children in Mexico with cleft palates or working with the homeless, they perform those good works without personal recognition.

— Rich Johnson, Novato

Today’s tax cuts raise debt for our children

I agree with one point of Peter Van Meter’s Dec. 22 letter: “The lack of elementary economics study in our schools has resulted in an under-informed public.”

However, before espousing economic theories, I would simply tell students the facts: This country is $20.5 trillion in debt and your country just passed a tax measure that by professional opinions will result in an additional $1.5 trillion increase in national debt.

Regardless of political affiliation and economic theories (unproven), we are mortgaging your future. By the way, a significant portion (30 percent) of this debt is owned by foreign countries and investors with questionable interest in your future. Past generations held the value that it was more important to assure a better life for their children and were willing to sacrifice to make this a reality.


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Currently, citizens and corporations appear not to be guided by this time-tested value. You will hear and read much discourse regarding who does and doesn’t benefit and very little, if any, information regarding increasing our (really your) debt.

Students will pay for it. Shame on our political leaders.

— James H. Devitt, Mill Valley

Republicans are just digging us deeper in debt

I have to say I was quite taken aback by David McLaughlin’s letter in the Dec 23 IJ. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

If the Republicans had worked with the Democrats when they put together the Affordable Care Act, there would have been no need to do it by themselves. It likely would have been a much better legislation if done bipartisan.

And how is the Republican effort to repeal the ACA by legislation and any manner possible good for America and not the party?

They want to put millions of people off health care so a big tax cut can be passed to the 1 percent.

Since they failed in the last attempt to repeal ACA, they resorted to the tax bill to send more money to the rich and increase the debt by $1.5 trillion.

And that is good for America?

Sounds like that’s good for the Republican donors, who seem to be calling the shots.

The latest Republican effort for the party and not the country is the push to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller.

Is he getting too close to the truth about President Donald Trump colluding with the Russians?

I only hope enough Republicans in Congress wake up before it is too late. It is time to impeach Trump and vote out the Republicans in 2018.

— Mike Elgie, San Rafael

Most taxpayers oppose GOP tax bill

David McLaughlin (Readers’ Forum, Dec. 23) seems to be confused, thinking that most people were in favor of the recently signed GOP tax bill.

In case you didn’t notice, around three quarters of the American public were firmly against this abhorrent bill. Yet the Republicans used their congressional majority to ram it through anyways, and now we are all going to pay for it — literally.

McLaughlin might want to change the channel once in awhile and find out what’s really going on.

— Tom Short, San Rafael

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