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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Anti-Catholic agenda

EDITOR: I am not confused about your agenda in doing so, but I still marvel at how efficient The Press Democrat is at reporting every claim or charge of misconduct within the Catholic Church. Wednesday was certainly no different with the story of alleged crime and misconduct in the St. Paul, Minn. Diocese (“New abuse scandal troubles Minnesota Catholics”).

As a faithful parishioner, there is little you can ever possibly report that will change my belief in my faith, and I know that most like-minded Catholics are disgusted with all legitimate claims against our clergy. I hold the same disgust for a news outlet that seems fascinated by the actions of so few but fails to report on our government refusing to allow Catholic priests to perform church services during the government shutdown, in spite of these same clergy members offering to do so on their own time.

The congressional gym remains open during the shutdown.

There are equally important news stories that The Press Democrat simply refuses to report, and these issues affect every citizen in Sonoma County and the United States. I suggest that you re-evaluate your agenda and start reporting those stories as well.

STEVE LONG

Santa Rosa

Poor substitute

EDITOR: They took the heart and soul out of the Harvest Fair. After 30-plus years of anticipating and attending and loving this event, we were sorely disappointed in the revised edition. If it remains the same next year as this year's event, my daughter and I will not attend. It would be better to read about the winners in the paper and then go to the wineries.

JANICE MARTENSEN

Santa Rosa

Krauthammer's take

EDITOR: Columnist Charles Krauthammer's attack on Democrats, blaming them for the federal shutdown, was only a repeat of current Republican talking points and distortions (“Place blame where it belongs — Democrats,” Oct. 5). His three main points are easily refuted:

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