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Re: “The Old-Name Game: Santa Rosa's Disappearing Landscape

I went to Santa Rosa Junior College back in 1968-70. We used to eat at the Artic Circle Drive-In. I remember that big plastic white chicken statue called " Acey Bird" When did that place leave Santa Rosa ? Also I remember eating at Rocky,s Pizza Parlor in back of the college on Steele Lane.

Posted by Glenn Zoslaw on 09/29/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Music for the Mind

Wine laced with LSD in NewOrleans' live Greatful Dead Show, by Owsley's work and transport by C.A. Hells Angels was claimed to cure schizophrenia in New Orleans.

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 09/27/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Hate Crime


It is a violation of California State Law to insert anything into a "free" newspaper. I know because as a much younger angry white male I did it. One of the offending papers landed on the lawn of my state assemblywoman and, well the rest is history. The theory is those who do are stealing potential ad space from the newspaper publisher. I am not kidding.

It can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending how much space is taken. It is not illegal to buy a newspaper and redistribute it with a flier, but some groups who have done this have been cited for littering. It is not illegal to recover discarded papers from the trash but it is to take them from a recycle bin.

It was my first foray in to shaping public policy but not my last. I am still white and still angry but with age comes wisdom and the race war in my head ended long ago. These days I fight for the rights of working people against those who who might take unfair advantage.

Union Thug,
North Bay, Ca.

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Posted by Union Thug on 09/26/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Is Raley's Going the Way of Walmart?: Grocery Strike Goes Into Day Four

He said Joyce Teel is worth 1 billion, not that she made that much in profits or sales. Also, Raley's never opened their books. How can you all be so certain about what Raley's profit margin is if they've neve opened their books? Raley's is privately owned, there is no public record as per how much the company is really worth, how much their profits really are, or their profit margin. So, your math is a waste of time, Concerned Citizen. You don''t have the facts because Raley's never made them available.

Posted by Rob T F on 09/20/2014 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Free Beer

Omission beer is more than slightly controversial. Despite the posted test results on the Omission website, the reason that it cannot be labeled gluten-free is because the gluten content cannot be verified - the test they use is not scientifically validated for this type of use. The regulatory agencies (FDA and TTB) have spent quite a bit of time researching the topic before coming to that conclusion. Scientists and doctors recommend that people with celiac disease avoid Omission beer. However, media stories like this one give the impression that it's just a regulatory quirk that it cannot be labeled gluten-free and that it's actually safe for everyone. More background:

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Posted by Jennifer Iscol on 09/17/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 17, 2014

Here's my letter to the editor:

I made this for you guys. I hope you like it.
Andrew A. Peterson

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Posted by andrewapeterson on 09/17/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Fork in the Road

I love the food they offer from the truck. I send all good luck to them at the new spot. It is a great little location they just need a draw = good food for affordable prices. We will be there when it opens!

-West County Farmer John

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Posted by Farmer John on 09/17/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Making a Splash

Hard to say as they are on the move. Try a local whale watching tour outfit to find out.

Posted by Stett Holbrook on 09/15/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Local Lit

I’m a Santa Rosan and the author of “Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Edition,” and I invite you to the following events:

Sunday, Sept. 28th, 1:30 pm, Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa
Tues. Sept. 30th, 4-7 pm, Copperfield’s Books, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
Sunday, Oct. 5th 2-5 pm, Barnes and Noble, 700 4th Street, Santa Rosa

I’m also available for an interview. See my contact info below.

The book is about facing hostility and passing through a maze of walls and checkpoints in Israel and the West Bank to lead interfaith activities. They are aimed at easing the region’s bloody path to peace. Many people have expressed interest about my present interfaith activities in Israel and Palestine.

This Fourth Edition includes a new chapter, Chapter 82: “In the Midst of a Riot.” It recounts a recent harrowing experience in Jenin, West Bank, when I was trapped in the midst of rioting Palestinians following the killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers.

I'm a tenured professor at the University of Paris and a member of the California and Marseille Bars. My passion, however, is organizing interfaith peace groups in view of helping to bring peace to the Middle East.

The following provides you with a summary and more information about the book:

This is a true story about my arduous journeys between Israel and the West Bank, discussing issues and organizing activities among religious and national groups. Traveling between these areas has been risky: I’ve been harassed and arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed by Israeli soldiers and attacked by West Bank settlers.

“I wrote this book to share with a wide audience my belief in the possibility of peace through grassroots activities in Israel and Palestine, Romano explains. A lot of the Middle East conflict is due to misunderstanding and lack of communication among religious groups, so I want to encourage people to begin organizing in their own communities to help break down those barriers.”

I was interviewed on several major national and local Radio and TV shows, including with:

MICHAEL SAVAGE on Savage Nation-Broadcasted nationwide on AM WTNT 730, June 28th, 2011, at 5:30 PM, PST. To listen to it just click on the link below:


To view the list of 12 other recent radio interviews and to listen to some of them, please access my website and click on the enclosed links. My website is located at:

In July, 2007, I spoke at a conference at Cardiff University, England, at a conference entitled “Theory, Faith, Culture” on the following topic: “Confrontation between Fundamentalists and Universalists in the New Age of Religious Freedom”. I then gave a power point presentation about that book and interfaith activities at the Mid-Manhattan Library in New York City on October 13, 2007.

In addition, on January 4th, 2008, Brady Douglas and Jennifer Kielman, News Anchors, of NBC Channel 56 on KETK interviewed me during a 5 O’clock News broadcast, in particular about the situation in the Middle East.

I was later interviewed live about my first book, “Storm Over Morocco”, by FOX NEWS 26 and FOX 4 NEWS, Houston September 4th and Kansas City September 6, 2008 respectively and was a participant during a panel discussion concerning spiritual issues broadcasted live by a Houston Time Warner television station.

Listen to my interview on CNN.COM by journalists (including CNN JOURNALIST) at the Global March to Jerusalem on March 30th, 2012 in the West Bank by accessing my website below ( and clicking on interviews or access the website directly below to hear the short interview about 3 minutes following the beginning of the confrontation between Jewish soldiers and Palestinian activists.…
Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters marking Land Day –

For more information about the book, including a copy of the prologue, my bio and to listen to some of the TV and radio interviews, you could access my web site and blog listed below: &

You can contact me at any time by calling my cell number or sending an email. The following is my contact information: Cell (Paris): +33 6 0694 3900, Email:

During my visits to the US, you can call me on my US cell at: 1 917 602 9739 and during my visits to the Middle East at +972 5 2437 8574.


Dr. Frank Romano

Posted by fromano66 on 09/14/2014 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Making a Splash

Where is the best place around Marin, Sonoma or Mendocino counties to watch these magnificent creatures?

Posted by EcoArts of Lake County on 09/10/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Help Kurt Stenzel Heal!

thanks for the link Jennifer -- the link is also embedded in the story, click "help this man heal!" Our system doesn't always highlight the links in an obvious way … !

Posted by Tom Gogola on 09/10/2014 at 7:46 AM

Re: “An Unheard War

Update from sosbee:…

Posted by Geral Sosbee on 09/07/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Help Kurt Stenzel Heal!

Here's the link to the GFM page:

Thanks, Tom :)

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Posted by Jennifer Lipscomb on 09/06/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “An Ideal 'Husband'

I have never been to a play. Not even a high school play. I have never been interested in seeing a play. Until now. Oscar Wilde and this title ... I'm intrigued!

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Posted by 42carma on 09/04/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Better Bitters

Angostura aromatic bitters has never changed its formula. This is a very wrong statement that should not have been made!

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Posted by Giselle on 09/04/2014 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Spoils of War

Unfortunately you seem to have missed Napa's acquisition of a MRAP valued at $733,000 ( I hope the rest of the math is right because this throws serious doubt on the article at face value. Also, a vet who specialized in the aquisition and upkeep of these vehicles in Afghanistan called into a talk show on NPR and said that in his experience these vehicles have no purpose outside of a theater of war - they are designed not for active shooter operations, but for IEDs and mines. He also had experience in the acquisition and upkeep of standard law enforcement vehicles.

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Posted by Paul Dunn on 09/02/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Soup Ninjas

YeeHaw! It's great to hear of another ramen place in the Redwood Empire, even if it's a bi-monthly pop up (sounds like a low-T problem, but I who am I to bad-mouth a good slurpping opportunity).

But, the "ramen injustice" you cited may be more about a lack of wandering than a lack of ramen. So, here's hoping to start a list:

1) Shige, Cotati, his absolutely outstanding ramen, and bright, cut right, sushi too.

2) Yao Kiku in Santa Rosa has good ramen, at real good prices, and a broad menu of other Japanese food.

Now you go...give two more or I wont give you another....

P.S. Don't feel bad about missing the other places. The PD's bite club actually complained that there weren't enough pho places in Sonoma County, and we have more noodle houses than non-corporate burger joints.

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Posted by Redwood on 08/29/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 27, 2014

Traumatized Gaza children
The United Nations estimates at least 373,000 Palestinian children require direct and specialised psychosocial support. And based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned. Gazan children's right to education has also been severely compromised, with at least 25 schools reportedly damaged so severely that they can no longer be used. The future of Palestinian children in Gaza is extraordinarily bleak.

"The entire population has experienced a deep form of trauma, and there isn't a single family in Gaza who hasn't experienced personally death, injury, the loss of their home. The psychological toll that has on a people, it just cannot be overestimated, and especially on children. I've met children who have experienced extraordinary wounds, who have watched as family members were dismembered before their eyes, obliterated." -- Pernille Ironside, chief of UNICEF's Gaza field office.

The Palestinians are broken by the violence they have been up against for so many years.

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/29/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Spoils of War

I was in the Boy Scouts when I was 14 years old. We would have loved to have weapons to protect our world. The difference is, that we were trained to use weapons for hunting, or self defense.
Something has gone wrong.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 08/27/2014 at 5:54 PM

Re: “The Digital Divide

One of the main architects of Common Core just went to head the SAT Testing. The plan is to make Common Core mandatory learning for all Waldorf School and home educators, if they wish to take the SAT exam in the near future.

Common Core, by Big Corporate Business, is being run into schools through the Ipadding of our children.

No one is even mentioning the many ill effects of WiFi radition proven out by many scientific and medical studies.

Children need to unplug and connect back with their natural rhythms of the natural world , not get plugged into a culture that relies on technocracy, capitlizing on nature for net bottom line profit and shopping for personal pleasure as our primary value systems.

We are golden, we are stardust, and we must get back to our gardens...


Jamie Lee

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Posted by J. Lee on 08/23/2014 at 9:09 PM

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