Bearing in mind the wording "since then he has remained silent", it could be argued that the chosen card of "Sorry I haven't written" was purposefully selected in response to this article - and therefore chosen by the Zodiac Killer after October 25th 1969. The paragraph in the newspaper article also referred to Washington Street, thereby completing the phrase on the card "but I just washed my pen". The last observation is probably a little far-fetched, and heavily reliant on the Zodiac Killer being able to find a greeting card apologizing for being silent, as well as containing a word related to Washington Street. Extremely unlikely, but not impossible.
Then, the day before the November 9th 1969 'Bus Bomb' letter, came the newspaper article detailing the attempted murder of Richmond school teacher, Daniel Williams. Somebody claiming to be the Zodiac Killer made sadistic phone calls spanning October 23rd 1969 and November 2nd 1969, and culminating in a soft drink in his refrigerator being laced with arsenic. This failed murder plot may have inspired the Zodiac Killer (if the poisoner) to insinuate his continued pursuit of Daniel Williams, by stating "I though you would nead a good laugh before you hear the bad news" and "up to the end of Oct I have killed 7 people". On November 12th 1969, the San Francisco Chronicle released information on the Dripping Pen card and Bus Bomb letter under the banner of I've Killed Seven, The Zodiac Claims.
I believe the person who initially made this suggestion was almost certainly correct. However, when I floated this idea on November 23rd 2020, I was fully aware of the Mount Diablo map and crosshairs accompanying the Button letter, which was mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26th 1970. I positioned the Bus Bomb crosshairs over Mount Diablo and rotated them slightly clockwise, so that a line drawn from the peak of Mount Diablo through four of the five X's passed directly over Lake Berryessa, Vallejo (where two attacks occurred), San Francisco and San Jose.
When we consider that this person made the observation on November 12th 1969, seven-and-a-half months before the Mount Diablo map was mailed by the Zodiac Killer (on June 26th 1970), the interpretation by this individual is extremely intriguing.
The newspaper article stated "Zodiac's letter contained five cross marks which possibly refer to attacks. Comparing these markings against a map, one interpretation that can be drawn is that they pinpoint Lake Berryessa, Vallejo (where two attacks occurred}, San Francisco and San Jose". It was effectively saying that five cross marks could pinpoint four locations (identifying Vallejo as the location where two attacks occurred). Despite classifying Lake Herman Road as Vallejo, the tight grouping of the first two attacks on the map would allow the observer to reach the same conclusion as shown in the above map. After all, this person didn't say "Zodiac's letter contained five cross marks which possibly refer to five attacks".