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‘Everyone is offended by
something, sometime’

Rep. Jared Huffman’s letter to the Dixie School District repeatedly refers to the “nation’s dark and hateful history” of the Civil War, the “hateful vestiges” of the Confederacy and warns the district of a “darker cloud” which will ensue if the name isn’t changed.

What is dark and hateful about the restoration of the Union of the United States and the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Civil War was decided by a bloody conflict that ended more than 150 years ago. The bad guys lost. The fact that racism still exists today is not a reason to wipe clean the slate of history. It is what it is. And if some are offended by the word Dixie that, too, is what it is. Everyone is offended by something, sometime.

America’s promise to us all is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The happiness part is not guaranteed. So long as your civil rights aren’t violated the state has no responsibility for your emotional comfort.

— Don Kinnaird, San Rafael

Some people ‘don’t have
enough to worry about’

It is common these days for the indignant among us to be offended by something, someone, somehow. Pick a cause and protest loudly and long.

I don’t have a hashtag or movement you can join, but here is what offends me:

• Over 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today.

• Over 1.5 million new cancers will be diagnosed this year. More than half a million cancer patients will die of the disease.

• Teenagers graduate from high school and can’t read, write or do math.

• Some little kids live in cars and go to sleep cold and hungry.

• Elected officials no longer work for the good of the country, but for the good of their party.

• Global warming threatens human existence.

I could go on.

If an individual is grievously offended by some innocuous word, thought or deed, that tells me they don’t have enough to worry about. Their lives must be unsullied, their brains untroubled by real problems that torment the rest of us.

I, for one, am tired of their yapping.

— Dee Fratus, Larkspur

Regarding Dixie: make
a decision and move on

I agree totally with Helen Vidaurri (Readers’ Forum, Dec. 18). The issue about the name change for Dixie School District has been discussed ad nauseam for too long now and taking valuable space on the IJ. Let’s make a decision (politically correct or not) and live with it.

If we continue this way, I see it escalating to the Supreme Court and making it good material for stand-up comedians.

— Arnaldo Dallera, Tiburon

Council members need
to be working together

In the spirit of goodwill, which should mark this season, I hope the demonization of two members of the Novato City Council can finally come to an end. The council minority should not be silenced or marginalized in a political battle. Tough questions and probing discussions should be encouraged, not feared.

The council majority would do well to stop frustrating legitimate inquiries and accusing others of bullying. The perception of constant bickering is one of a city in turmoil and chaos. If personal agendas prevail over public benefit, all will suffer. Surely both the council majority and the council minority should be able to reach an amiable accord for the good of the city.

— Maurice Healy, Novato

Show more sensitivity
in newspaper headlines

In this age of increasing gun violence, why did your Dec. 18 front page headline say ”Big guns join fray in Dixie turmoil”? Also, why “CBS kills $120M payout for former chief”?

How about: “Top officials join in Dixie fray,” or “CBS cancels $120M payout for former chief”?

Please employ more sensitivity to the use of inflammatory language in the newspaper.

— Yetta Robinson, San Rafael

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