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Re: “Letters to Editor: July 15, 2015

Re: Richard Blum -- what on earth makes you think that removing "distressed homes" that are "depressing home prices" means more housing availability and jobs for Sonoma County residents? It is exactly predatory investment schemes all the way back to the late 1990s that put us in the nightmare mess. Sorry, you're wrong.

Posted by Sonoma4Life on 07/31/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

How can you determine that the homeless are moving into the area when so many of our local people are being pushed into the streets? And, I agree with Brad (yikes), we need to provide housing, laundry facilities & shower facilities and these need to be located in central areas like downtown, Guerneville Road area, Lower Santa Rosa Avenue. While I'm on the topic, why do we refuse to provide restroom facilities to the public in general including the homeless? Our constant need to "shame" people for being homeless by denying them the right to even the most basic need of the ability to use a restroom is sick and twisted. Come on people, who thinks this is a good idea?

Posted by Sonoma4Life on 07/31/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “His Last Case

"Prickly ash" is also known as the Sichuan peppercorn.

Posted by Chef Fleisch on 07/30/2015 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Food and Wine Odyssey: A Journey's End

I do really love to read articles like this including Selfie Stick Pro as a subject.

Posted by Alice Pattinson on 07/30/2015 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Yes They Can

Try a local can. PLOW Brewing Company in Santa Rosa has Quart Cans To Go. The bartender will fill it as you order, right in the tap room at 3334 Industrial Drive.

Posted by Just a guy who likes beer on 07/30/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Change Artist

I love this place! and my favorite is also the salmon open faced sandwich, but Everything I have ever eaten there has been a magnificent repast.

Posted by singermuse on 07/30/2015 at 2:43 PM

Re: “His Last Case

I love the character of Holmes too much to see this movie, good as it might be. Sometimes it's best to let our idols be frozen at their peak.

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Posted by Susan L. Miller on 07/30/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Hey, Jim Bracco--
I'd like to thank you for several things:

1. Thanks for expressing your counter-argument. As an outspoken guy myself, I know how scary that can be sometimes.

2. Thanks for admitting that you endorse genocide. At least I think that's what you implied. Your characterization of (all?) Indians as brutal seems to be in the context of justifying the Europeans' treatment of them. [Of course, there are a couple of problems with your thinking here. First of all, not all of the hundreds of Indian nations engaged in slavery, wars of aggression etc., though some did. Secondly, if pointing out that some ethnic group has done evil things justifies exterminating them, understand that this leads to an unending cycle of genocide. The same "reasoning" would justify the genocide of all Americans, then the genocide of whoever killed us, etc. ad infinitum. But something tells me that if, e.g., the Chinese did to us what we did to the Indians, you wouldn't be keen to wave their flag.]

3. Thanks for illuminating the darkness at the heart of the American psyche by responding to my attack on genocide and slavery as if that constitutes an attack on the USA. I couldn't have put the connection more clearly myself, and you did it without even trying!

4. Thanks for giving a brief list of the sort of feel-good misconceptions that make up the myth of national righteousness, so popular in the USA as well as many other countries ("...freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity..").

There's not space here to educate you out of the patriotic mythology and into an honest understanding of American history and policy. I'd offer a reading list, but I suspect you don't want your bubble popped. So I'll content myself here with a few comments:

It's unclear why you thought my smoking weed was relevant to the discussion at all. For the record, I don't do it nowadays, but I used to. When I smoked weed, I had to be careful not to be caught by the US government, which would happily have made money by criminalizing me and jailing me, substantially ruining my life in the process. So it's ironic that you bring up the subject of weed in the context of your starry-eyed rhapsodizing about how "free" we are in this country, LOL!

The idea that you consider a freedom fighter like Sitting Bull less worthy of memorialization than a genocidal slave owner like Washington speaks volumes about your values, and what is says isn't pretty.

Note that some of your arguments are the same arguments people are offering in support of the Confederate flag. If they justify waving the one flag, they must justify waving the other.

You invoke "...our ability to surmount our deficits and advance toward our ideals." But you seem oblivious to the fact that that must start with admitting (and not justifying) our brutalities. Rationalizing them and venerating the perpetrators is a recipe for continued brutality, not a path to "surmount(ing) our deficits and advanc(ing) toward our ideals."

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Posted by Dixon Wragg on 07/27/2015 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Unfair

I couldn't agree more!!!

Posted by tina.green 6 on 07/26/2015 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Gallo Buys Asti Winery

That's a lot of grape juice.

Posted by Stett Holbrook on 07/23/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Heritage Fire

This has been a hit or miss over the last 5 years. It insidiously has degraded from what was only small production Heritage Breeds to a large percentage of cow, large game fish Sturgeon, assorted non-Heritage fowl and organ meats and byproducts. The serving sizes decreased in size as the years went on. This event relies on (1)Chefs that want to network with each other and have to prostitute their skills to do so. (2) A revolving door of vendors that realize that marketing at the event did not add to the bottom line. (3) The public that realize access to all of the advertised foods only happens for the $160 VIP tickets and that the lines are usually not worth the wait for a second time because of the tiny portion sizes.

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Posted by Once Burned on 07/23/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

I have been describing WarkaWater to people for the last months wishing I could find camaraderie. Thank you for this article! I have a farm in the Central Valley of California and was wondering what sort of mesh-fabric would work. Thanks for your input. Can Richard Kirschman please contact me? Or if any others such as Chris Fogliatti, Todd Dawson, Brock Dolman would like to experiment with keeping some almond trees alive. I've thought about using trees as frames. Or a high tower in an open area. Will need water for trees and family on the farm. I feel Fog Catching and making water our of thin air is the way to go for much of California.

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Posted by Merna on 07/22/2015 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Debriefer: July 22, 2015

Love it! Very insightful! ;)

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Posted by Michelle Lee Ivanich on 07/22/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

I have a suggestion: don’t stop at not saluting. Take it up a notch to show you really mean it: Pack your duffle bag and move your ass to the first country you find that has brought more freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity to the world.

The notion that Sitting Bull should replace Washington on Mount Rushmore is absurd.
The Indians weren’t brutal? They didn’t kill or take over other nations or own slaves? Pure pablum.

The greatness of America lies not in our innocence, but in our ability to surmount
our deficits and advance toward our ideals.

To that end 38 million Americans gave their lives to end slavery and genocide and fight
fascism and communism so you could sit in your house in Cotati and smoke weed and
write letters about how horrible the US is.

You can salute them.

Posted by jim bracco on 07/22/2015 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Gallo Buys Asti Winery

+- 2,000,000 cases in cases you were wondering.

Posted by fbcooper on 07/21/2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Thanks you for a clear, true message. I agree with you 100%

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Posted by Susanna on 07/21/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Sonoma County theater is not dying and musicals are not killing theater. The numbers of theaters has grown along with the expectations that audiences should fill the seats. "Build it and they will come" has it's limits.
Does Sonoma County have more expensive theaters that pay salaries to staff, actors and musicians then reason should expect audiences to pay for?

Posted by Darlene Kersnar on 07/21/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Wish we'd have more new non-musical plays -- I personally can't stand most musicals, even though I go all the time since my daughter loves them -- but give me Shakespeare -- in the Cannery or anywhere, any maybe a few besides R & Juliet, MacBeth and 12th Night or Midsummer's. But let's get some new plays in the works. Why does theater seem to be dying? At least HBO has writers! Where are the NEW plays? Regular theatergoers like myself have seen all the plays, over and over again. And I'm only in my early 50s. Kudos to Marin Theater Company and other houses which actually get new works!

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Posted by amity hotchkiss on 07/20/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Intimate Art

Great story, and much appreciated. However, the admission information is incorrect. Individual admission is $5 Thursday through Sunday, with family admission at $8. Wednesdays are free. The prices quoted above are for an upcoming event, The Diebenkorn Pages, on August 1.

Posted by Ron Richards on 07/20/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Get a scanner. The police are dispatched on homeless issues almost 50 per cent of all 911 calls. We must provide housing, laundry, and shower facilities in all parts of Sonoma County. Failure to do so requires many homeless to be law breakers in order to stay alive...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 07/18/2015 at 10:43 AM

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