I was remembering laughter just fine up to "And, speaking of women, I thought Caitlyn Jenner was actually a man?" We are not a joke, and we are not disguising ourselves to fool anyone. We are who we way we are. This is transphobia, and it's bigotry, whether intentional or not. This has no place on the pages of your nominally progressive rag. This is no more appropriate than racist humor.
Well, we do a little better with the actual nomination in November. It's still by winning the most electorates of a state, but if the state gets the electoral vote. Like IL has I believe 20 members of the Electoral College, so if Hillary wins IL by just one vote she'll win all 20 electorates and once you've reached or surpassed 270, Hillary is then the next president. And that's the closest we get to our vote really counting. At the same time, it shows how important it is to vote in the primaries and the off year non presidential elections unless you don't give a damn who you congressman is, the one that controls the purse strings. Same for you Senator. It takes two houses to pass that bill.
And people who don't vote, and there are a lot, just need to shut-up if they have a complaint. A lot of people are elected by your direct vote.
April 23, 2016
An important political event is happening on May 1st that effects all of your readers, and which I think needs some promotion. The California Democratic Party is holding caucuses around the state to elect “District Level” delegates for each of the 2 presidential candidates. Each of the state’s 53 Congressional Districts is doing this at the same time. Calistoga is part of CD 5, which includes Napa County plus portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
Any registered Democrat from CD 5 is allowed and encouraged to participate and vote for the delegate candidates. Depending on the outcome of the June primary within each district, a commensurate percentage of these preselected delegates will be sent to the Democratic National Convention held in late July in Philadelphia. There they will join with the delegates and party insiders from every state to choose the Democratic party nominee for the General election in November.
Each caucus candidate pledges to support one of the Presidential candidates. To vote for delegates who are in support of Bernie Sanders, the location is 720 Technology Way, Napa, CA 94558. To vote for delegates who are in support of Hillary Clinton, the location is Carpenters Local 751, 1706 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Doors open at 2:00. You must at least be in line by 3:00 in order to vote. You can leave quickly after voting if desired.
I think it important that we citizens take part in our political process, and that our media keep us properly informed.
1517 Myrtle Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
We would like to address the issue brought up last week by a reader, Marcus "Doing the Right Thing". It is true there has been a lack of participation in farmers registering with the Water Board, but the important question is why? In complying with this registration request, farmers will be exposing themselves to being placed on a publicly accessible site thereby relinquishing their privacy and being at risk of vandalism. While this waiver is indeed another step towards compliance, the lack of protection and safety for the farmers, their families and their livelihood is a major concern which needs to be addressed immediately. We at the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) are working daily to support farmers developing responsible best management practices regarding the environment and their community. We are hosting a workshop, Water Quality Compliance, which will be focusing specifically on these issues on Sunday March 6th from 2-5pm, at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa.
We applaud those that are taking steps towards compliance with the new laws; in order for the next generation of cannabis operators to be successful it is imperative that people feel comfortable moving out of the shadows and becoming more actively engaged community members. We at SCGA are helping to facilitate this transition and we appreciate the Bohemian for their continued coverage of cannabis happenings throughout the county. Twice a month SCGA hosts educational workshops, the Learning Laboratory, as well as monthly social mixers for professionals across all industries to network. Representatives are in attendance at the Board of Supervisors meetings as well as local City Council meetings keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry in Sonoma County, so together we can be informed and active in the formation of fair legislation.
Thank you for last week's article on the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The ongoing struggles and successes of the indigneous peoples of America are important and I'm hoping you'll consider making this type of coverage a monthly feature. A lot of Americans seem very concerned about the suffering of oppressed peoples on continents halfway across the globe... and yet these same passionate folks seem quite ignorant of the genocide and oppression that continue right here, today. Articles like the one you cared enough to publish can shine a beam of light on an area of American culture that cruelly stays hidden, far too often. My hope is that with more frequent coverage, we all can bring our awareness and compassion to those right here at home who have suffered for too long and help empower them to thrive again.
Greetings....I understand that the Bohemian likes to put forward the art, poetry and writing of local North Bay folks. I would like to submit my recent book of poetry for your consideration: SNAPSHOTS: Mono no Aware here: http://www.amazon.com/Snapshots-Mono-Aware-Michael-Browne/dp/1517224853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455231292&sr=8-1&keywords=Snapshots+%3A+Mono+no+Aware
Michael Browne 6611 1st St. Forestville CA 95436 karmanot@gmail(dot) com
Thank you for publishing these excellent Letters challenging the claim that "chicken" is better for the environment than "beef." For the reasons the writers give - environmental and ethical - the truest friend of the environment will switch to delicious, nutritious animal-free food and make the slaughterhouse and all the miserable apparatus of animal production relics of the past. Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns
Thanks for publishing my letter. I forgot to add that the energy that goes into incubating male chicks in the egg laying industry isn't included in calculating the GHG footprint of eggs. That is why the GHG footprint of chickens may be higher than current official numbers present.
Thank you for your excellent letter.
I concur 100% with the opinions which you have so honestly and valiantly expressed therein.
And I will further state that "mumbo-jumbo" is exactly what the powers-that-be are attempting to feed us in an effort to get us to "back off" and accept whatever environmentally misguided plan they have concocted for our portion of the beautiful California coast.
You and your fellow activists who are keeping a watchful eye on this matter have both my appreciation, gratitude - as well as my respect.
I, too, will take this opportunity to say: Expand - and strengthen - the protections which are already in place for the preservation of our precious Sonoma County coast so that its beauty will remain pristine, for today, tomorrow - and for generations yet to come.
I am SO disappointed. A couple of weeks ago, I contacted the person who was in charge of the Java Jive Writing Contest. I believe it was through emails that we corresponded. I had not seen any advertising about the 2015 Annual Writing Contest. (I apologize, I have gone through all of my emails and can not find who I was in contact with.)I was told that they had not yet come up with a theme for the contest yet and that they would in the 10/4/15 edition of The North Bay Bohemian. He asked me if I had any suggestions and I replied to the email with "How about a ghost story?" to which he replied, "I like the ghost story idea..Be sure to check in the October 4th Bohemian for the announcement." I checked the Bohemian 2 days ago and found out that the theme was indeed Ghost story and that it was due for entry 10/7/15! I called the office today to see if that was a misprint and the reception desk girl told me it was not a misprint and that they had been advertising it for several weeks. I explained to the girl about the info I'd received previously and she was rather flippant about it and very unapologetic. I mean, come on...she could have at least said something like "I'm sorry you received the wrong information.." I guess I'll try to be more on top of things next year.
Thanks to these respondents, but: (1) I was careful to start my piece by saying I have nothing against BM itself, and in fact admire much about it; (2) Yes, water pollution is bad, in fact I don't eat meat, but those are different issues; and (3) Yes, I'd bet that if BM were not occurring, there would be far less driving and air pollution. And I'm far from alone in that. Radical ecological threats require radical responses, and traveling and partying doesn't quite fit that bill. My little piece was about an event that presents tons of rhetoric about how it makes the world a better place, including via "leaving no trace" - but too much of that seems to be a bunch of hypocritical hot air - literally.
And if YOUR nose weren't so pointed in the wrong direction, perhaps you would have time to pause and realize that there are viable alternatives to these architectural disasters which are actually being used at present by some stores, such as some Raley's Superstores, which offer patrons with physical infirmities "curbside service." And there are other alternatives as well which could be employed, such as kiosks, walk-up windows, etc., many of which are not being utilized by American companies but are quite popular in Europe.
And if you weren't so busy leveling personal attacks at me, perhaps you would have time to do your own research into this and other pressing issues and attempt to conjure up possible viable solutions.
But it's obvious from your comment that that involves WAY too much work.
As for me not using drive-thrus, you don't have to worry about that, since I haven't used one in years - and have no intention of doing so either, as hypocrisy is not one of my strong points...
Finally, let me give you a bit of free advice: DEstruction is always easier than CONstruction.
Richard Blum says making all-cash purchases of foreclosed homes, before they even reach the open market does not adversely affect potential home buyers. You are being turned into rental slaves, serving the greed of the ultra wealthy, and our neighborhoods being degraded in the process. You are being cheated out of the pride and benefits of home ownership. Michael Hilber
The equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015
On July 16, 1945, the United States of America detonated the first atomic bomb in the barren desert of New Mexico. Less than a month after this first explosion, the U.S. dropped two atom bombs on the heavily populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. This first usage of the horror bomb indiscriminately wiped our over 100,000 civilian woman, children and old people--and condemned many others to a very slow and painful death.
Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life! There were horrors the U.S. wouldn't even let its own people know about, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper.
Since WWII, "the war to end all wars", the explosive power of the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union has grown to the equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas! The 8,500 warheads and bombs in the U.S. arsenal alone have a combined explosive power of more than three billion tones of TNT--about 1,500 pounds of explosive for every man, woman and child on this planet.
Dr. James Muller, a Harvard heart specialist and secretary of the Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc., brought this out when he said, "At some point deep down inside, people know the world could explode tomorrow. " Yet some people are just talking about it calmly as though it is the natural thing to expect--that we are going to destroy each other and the World! Stanford physicist, Sidney Drell, asked in a recent New York Times article: "More and more we hear of usable Nuclear weapons, and of Nuclear weapons, fighting and winning. where are we going?--Do we even still remember what nuclear explosions do? Does the post-Hiroshima generation still appreciate the horror of nuclear weapons and the dangers posed by the prospect of a nuclear conflict?"
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.
Re: RBlum's response to the PByrne article "Homewrecker". It's of course easy to pick on one partner in the CAH investments firm. Blum is the husband of Feinstein, our Senate Congressional Rep., so the focus may be warranted. I am actually more curious as to why any investment firm would be able to know about foreclosed housing before the public.
Doesn't this keep the housing market falsely inflated and therefore unaffordable? If these foreclosed houses were on the market, wouldn't that mean that people would be able to buy housing that was actually affordable?
Instead, the racket seems more to be that banks, realtors, and title companies are all benefitting from a real estate market that is out of reach for every day, regular hard-working people. On top of that pile of b.s., rents are so out of scale for the types of jobs available (in Sonoma County where 'service-sector' jobs, i.e. mostly minimum-wage jobs, are the fastest-growing sector). How many minimum wage jobs does one need to have and how many hours in the day must one work in order to afford rent? There aren'r enough hours in the week, nor in the day to pay upwards of $2,200+ dollars/month for a 2-br. 1-bath living space.
Here is the correct link http://www.eachmindmatters.org
No Water? No more mega-wineries!
Thanks for running Shepherd Bliss’ recent Open Mic column about the growing backlash against winery overdevelopment.
Despite the fact that the Guy Fieri winery project was recently denied by the Sonoma County Planning Commission, this was - one of only two winery projects to be rebuffed in the past several decades.
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, it’s hard to fathom how proposals for winery/resort/event center projects continue to be considered by our county.
Napa Valley supervisors have had an ongoing discussion about limiting new wineries because they are running out of space and water.
Are we going to pick up the slack for Napa County by permitting more and more industrial scale wineries and event centers to overtake our agricultural/green space land? Should Sonoma County residents conserve water so that a Napa winemaker can develop our ag land into a winery his own county can’t accommodate?
It’s time to consider a moratorium on major winery/event center developments. Let’s take a lesson from Napa County and learn from their mistakes before it’s too late.
Dear Editor: Walmart has announced it will raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April and $10 next year, in a move that will impact about half a million low-wage workers. The increase falls far short of the $15-an-hour living wage demanded by workers who have launched historic strikes against Walmart and reported retaliation from the company for joining the protests. A 2012 analysis found the six heirs to the Walmart fortune have as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of the United States combined.
Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to the new safety standards after the Dhaka tragedy. The Tazreen Fashion factory fire killed 112 workers and left hundreds injured. The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,127 and left more than 600 or 700 injured for lifetime. And in that shareholder meeting, they haven't even expressed any condolence for those families.
Ted Rudow III,
Obama and Walmart
Dear Editor: Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to new safety standards that came out after a garment factory collapsed last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people.
Despite a spotty record on labor issues, President Barack Obama's visit Friday to the Walmart in Mountain View was the first ever by a sitting president to a Walmart store -- the world's largest retailer. It raised the ire of some labor advocates who have long criticized the retailer for low wages and importing goods from China rather than buying from U.S. manufacturers. They protested alongside environmentalists demanding a halt to the Keystone XL pipeline on a street outside the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday. Yet the same cost-saving motivations that have led Walmart have cut corners on labor.
Ted Rudow III,
North Bay Bohemian
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