The follow-the-money letter is hard to follow. The writer grumbles about receiving political mailers from lackeys/handlers of Lynda Hopkins. What he means is that he got some mail from an independent political committee that Hopkins has no control over; Noreen Evans has verified that reality in regard to independent groups supporting her.
However, the letter oddly refers to lackeys/handlers. A lackey is a manservant, houseboy, or a flunky; while a handler in this context would be a person who actually manages a political candidate. The metaphors are thus confusingly mixed.
The rest of the letter is short on substance but full of fallacy and incivility. Eric Koenigshofer, who supports Hopkins, is effectively labeled a pig, and Lynda Hopkins is called a toady. The first epithet is uncivil, and the second is sexist. Why does the writer feel the need to resort to the fallacies known as ad hominem attacks and guilt by association?
Lynda Hopkins is no toady. She is a strong woman who will serve the best interests of the entire Fifth District as our next supervisor.
I'm Evans has no specifics. And the ones she has are illegal or not practical.
Noreen's only argument is that she has been in government so many years. Where is real policy? Oh ya pot for potholes (she won't get that money) and use pension money to fund housing (oh ya that's illegal). Time for new ideas.
a perfunctory perusal? done at perhaps at a precursory level?
David Katz hits the nail on the head with respect to Erik K. It is sad that he brings so much money and misery into the local contest for the 5th District. His funding of the unsubstantiated allegations against Noreen Evans are a disgrace.
In the terse, anti-Lynda Hopkins letter, the writer opined that she should not be running for county supervisor, because she is the mother of two young girls.
Does he mean that she should not work outside of her home? Would he say the exact same thing if it were her husband who was seeking this county job? Haven't we gotten beyond such antiquated thinking?
Simplistic either/or arguments are in vogue: the woman can apparently either choose to be a good mother or a good supervisor, but not both. To the contrary, Lynda Hopkins is an excellent mom, and she will--simultaneously--be an excellent supervisor.
Mark Tansil, Sebastopol
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?"
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