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Re: “Consignment Chic

Thanks for the lovely shout out for Red Umbrella Consignment in Petaluma. We love what we do and have so much gratitude for all of our patrons and consignors we are thrilled to be celebrating our 11th year in Petaluma come January, 2016.

Love from the gang at Red Umbrella!
Dana, Margaret, Denise, Imelda and Michelle. Happy holidays!

Posted by Dana Prichard on 12/05/2015 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

No, it's not about "having choices," although that is what "Compassion and Choices" (formerly The Hemlock Society) wants you to believe. It is about (1) relieving insurers from the cost of your care when you get sick; and (2) immunizing doctors who play along from prosecution, both for murder as well as the making of a false record.

The "protections" this law provides against undue influence over a vulnerable person are wholly illusory. I happen to be Brittany Maynard's aunt, Alison Maynard. I have requested all records required by Oregon law to be created in connection with her suicide, including her written request for the drug; attestation of competency; and diagnosis that the patient has less than six months to live by two doctors, and been denied all of them, on grounds of "privacy." Thus, not even a close relative such as an aunt can obtain assurance the law was followed.

Of course, the lack of these records has led me to another conclusion: that Brittany's "suicide" is a hoax. She is, in fact, a prankster, and there is abundant other evidence, including that the woman holding the framed photo in the picture above is not Brittany, but some model; that it is not legal, under Oregon's law, to obtain the initial terminal diagnosis in another state, then move to Oregon to get the drug; that there is a CURE for the Glioblastoma multiforme tumor, as "60 Minutes" showcased in its March 27th, 2015, edition; that Brittany's uncle is in military intelligence; that the Maynards--my side of the family--were not notified of her marriage, cancer diagnosis, or plan to kill herself, learning about it all from the mass media along with the rest of the world; that there was no funeral; and more. My blog post setting forth my findings is at:

The article above makes new points about physician-assisted suicide--and is a good one. For the most part, there has simply been hype planted all over the country by C&C, which is funded by George Soros, framing assisted suicide as a "health care option" and a "civil rights measure." It is neither. Brittany's "suicide" was simply the latest in a series of tragedies being staged in this country--with the mass media's full collusion--to advance public policy.

Posted by Alison Maynard on 12/03/2015 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

In 1997, Oregon was the first state to pass a “Death with Dignity” Law. It’s a good law, but over 17 years (1998-2014) only 859 people in Oregon took the lethal medication. In fact, 35% of the people who filled the prescription decided not to take the lethal medication.

I’m glad the law is there. It’s an option I might use depending upon my diagnosis. But I’m not going to limit my family's choices and make that our only option.

If I have a stroke the paralysis could require me to need assistance 24/7. Even though I’d be physically handicapped, I could still enjoy the company of my children and grandchildren.

I’ve been a full-time caregiver for a stroke victim. Although it was a very rewarding experience, it was a burden I will not place on anyone in my family.

That’s why my wife and I own LTC insurance. If I become disabled my wife will not have to deplete our savings in order to pay for someone to care for me; nor will she have to risk her own health by trying to get me in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet. We’ll hire the home health aides and send the bill to the insurance company. The emotional burden on her will be hard enough. I don’t want to add the financial uncertainty on top of that.

It’s all about having choices and maximizing our options.

Scott A. Olson

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Posted by Scott A. Olson on 12/03/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

Note these loopholes and more work with each other to eviscerate intended safeguards.
By all these OR model laws all family members are not required to be contacted, hold that thought. A single predatory heir is allowed to steer the sign up and then execute the lethal process without a witness.
A witness is not required to confirm that the dose was so called “self administered” (you remember this was one of their lead selling points).
Even as the law provides immunity for all involved and demands the falsification of the death certificate (impossible to track trends for good public policy) it actually prohibits a public inquiry of any kind (remember the family members who were not contacted, no recourse for them). A straight up murder for money can slide right through. It is Dangerous public policy. As if that is not enough, in 2015 they added another black hole to the bogus signup process with “someone who claims to know how you communicate may speak for you throughout the lethal process, no other qualifiers”.
These loopholes and more are in the OR, WA, and CA’s laws and expand the scope of exploitation by predators and predatory corporations for windfall profits.

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Posted by Bradley Williams on 12/03/2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Mind the Gap

few million here a few million there...not much bang for a million anymore. ? how much of this is salaries for managers? they're pretty good at talking, playing on their phones and looking busy but not much gets done.

Posted by Vern Aroara on 12/03/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Consignment Chic

We invite you to visit us at Skirt Chaser Vintage in Santa Rosa where we have yet to don a corset! Secondhand shopping is our passion and we thank you for writing about it!

Posted by Christina Palomo on 12/02/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Consignment Chic

Whoops my big mistake.

The correct address for Mazzy's Closet is 110 N. Main St., Sebastopol

Posted by Roger Gilbert on 12/01/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Consignment Chic

The address for Mazzy's Closet in Sebastopol is incorrect. The correct address is 101 N. Main St. You have it listed as 10 N. Main St. Thanks.

Posted by Roger Gilbert on 12/01/2015 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Mind the Gap

Tom, I didn't see you mention that half of the Larkspur extension $$ has already been pledged by the MTC:

Thus if the transportation bill is passed into law with the $20 million for the Larkspur extension, then the extension is nearly completely funded.

Posted by Waiting for SMART on 11/27/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Back Door Men

Nobody has the right to "Make-up Rules as they go", like the police seems to do daily. They swore to serve and protect!! Each and Every police officer "knows" the law. Rohnert Park has a long History of Make up Police Rules!!
Not one of them listened to the Facts, when it came to my son!! I Can't wait for the Facts to be told!!

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Posted by Micki Marilyn Mckenzie on 11/26/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Music on the Margins

John is a wonderful, crazy guy who I met first in the mid-1970s when he was a teenager. He performed at the Avant-Garde Festivals in Trenton, New Jersey, and slowly grew into one of the most interesting and quirky musicians I've ever known. And is more than 'just' an unknown musician. He donated a kidney. He recorded and distributed prank phone calls. He was the subject of a lecture at Rensselaer by a guy who'd never met him. A famous composer flew across the country just to meet him in person. He's been the subject of a documentary. And he had (still has?) a mechanical monkey. And much more. Too much more. This article is well deserved!

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Posted by Kalvos on 11/21/2015 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Music on the Margins

I've known about him since the Eighties and always thought he was hilarious. Glad to see he's still making music on his terms.

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Posted by Brian Eisley on 11/19/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Music on the Margins

He is mentally ill but he is my friend...Andrew Gentsch

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Posted by Andrew Gentsch on 11/18/2015 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Busted Again

You're a jerk. You really don't know what you are talking about. Joe donates both time and material to help AIDS victims. You probably think the AIDS patients should go to jail too! Learn your facts before you make such stupid, inaccurate and insensitive comments.

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Posted by Ecowarrior on 11/14/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

And here's MIT's research on the subject:

Posted by vachespagnole on 11/12/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

Merna, the kind of shade cloth that is being used in big projects in Chile and elsewhere by Fogquest is 35% shade coefficient, Raschel weave, u.v. protected polypropylene or polyethylene mesh. However, the only source for this is in South America. See their website for more info: fog Of course, any shade cloth of a loose weave 30% to 40%, doubled, will catch fog.

Posted by vachespagnole on 11/12/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Busted Again

Enough! Why is only state law- rather then local regs mentioned? Here in SoCo, we are limited to a total of 30 plants per script- NOT to exceed 100 sq ft of canopy. State law is irrelevant to this discussion.

Ok- whether 400-500...or 1300 plants. Let's see. If greenhouse- light dep and 2nd round- we're talking 1/4#- 3/4# per plant. Twice in a season. (3, or even 4 if he has grid power or large gens and running lights.) If full season outdoor- 1-3#'s per plant. Realistically- we're talking a low of 500#'s, a high of 3 tons. Either way- a hell of a lot of weed and far more then 53 aids patients can possibly use.

And other the new laws passed by CA to FINALLY reel in the abuses of the industry- a grow of his size, especially by the cops 2 parcel numbers, would be unlikely to be approved.

I'm sorry- but as someone who as been in this industry since LONG before 215... from what I see on the face here- and what I know of the current state of the industry- I hope he gets a felony conviction and is banned from the industry for good. I'm sick and tired of the greed cloaking themselves as do-gooders...

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Posted by oldytmer on 11/09/2015 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

What logical and rational evidence can there be that supports the continued use of a piece of technology that many wise and sensible people have come to recognize is harmful to our health and to the environment?
I suspect that we will need to look deeper to find what motivates our attachment to something that generates as much passion as the leaf blower. Perhaps the reasons are not rational or logical? Maybe we are in the same sphere of psychological makeup as religious beliefs or political ideologies where rational explanations do not necessarily apply? The passion that accompanies certain individuals who have expressed their right to use their leaf blower has made me think were were arguing the Second Amendment. Some letters to the Editor have expressed their entitlement and determination to continue using their leaf blowers in spite of eventual prohibition with strong emotional sentiments not altogether different from those infamous words of Charlton Heston,” I will give up my gun ( read leaf blower) when you pry it from my cold dead hands”.

The leaf blower is a weapon that forces everything in its path away at hyper speed with the power of a firearm without regard or respect for the rest of the environment or the rights of others. The noise from leaf blowers not only damages our hearing, but the intermittent frequency, the whine and the pitch from these devices cause an increase in heart rate and elevated blood pressure raising the risk of ulcers and colitis. Then there are the many psychological ill effects that people suffer. The irradiation due to the constantly changing amplitude puts the person being subjected in a continual sate of noise induced stress response which slowly erodes the immune system and can lead to depression as well as states of rage. Yet, in spite of the evidence that says the environmental damage created by leaf blowers is substantial and that their continued use puts children especially at risk of irreversible health risks, it seems to continue to fall on death ears.

To argue that one must adjust and learn to live with the noise pollution from leaf blowers is like saying we must learn to live with second hand smoke from cigarettes. This is nonsense. Noise from leaf blowers is literally making us sick.
For those who have dismissed the leaf blower issue as an insignificant distraction from more important matters, please reconsider. There is a wealth of information available.

Peter H. Coster
Sonoma, CA.

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Posted by peterhc on 11/08/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Into the Breach

The spontaneous response by the Calistoga community and volunteers was extraordinary. In the days immediately following the evacuations, hundreds of people stepped forward to help fire victims and evacuees. There were many people who came to the aid of evacuees (including Wendy Lopez, Viri Agapoff and Mimi Quirarte), prior to when CVNL’s Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) was activated on Thursday, September 16.

Normally, CVNL stands up its emergency volunteer center within hours of a disaster. The delay in activating us as an EVC contributed to confusion and misunderstanding about our role in disaster response. CVNL is one of many who play a role in disasters – there are national and local partners that step up in what can be a very chaotic and emotional time. We honor and recognize the heroic efforts made by both individuals, businesses, and organizations.

During our time on site, no volunteers or donations were turned away. Through our business partnerships, and at no expense to the county, we transported 18 semi-trucks filled with 400 pallets of donated goods to the evacuees.

With respect to the email CVNL sent on Friday, we have not, and will not, add anybody to our mailing list without them opting in, which was clearly stated in the email. The purpose of the communication was to invite those who had volunteered their time to a celebration in their honor. If people have specific questions about CVNL’s role as an EVC, they can reach us directly at 415.479.5710.

Posted by CVNL on 11/02/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Into the Breach

Wish your site gave more time to edit comments.

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Posted by Viri Agapoff on 11/01/2015 at 10:00 PM

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