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Comment Archives: stories: Columns & Blogs: Open Mic

Re: “Unite to Fight

Thank you, Michael Carnacchi, for your excellent article and fighting the good fight regarding usury laws. I just read your update in the Bohemian and wondered if you have also submitted it to the PressDemocrat, or any other publications.

No question, it's a major issue and it seems impossible how many years the usury laws are flouted. How can this be?

Note: Is this an issue Senator Elizabeth Warren has addressed in her fight with Wall St. and banks?

Much appreciation,

Marlene Alves

Posted by Marlene Alves on 03/30/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Say What?

The crowd the Wine Annex sure fit that bill. Mea culpa ... it was so loud and raucous I gave up trying to listen in seconds. iPhones were flashing, people furiously texting to underscore conversation which increased in volume in direct proportion to their distance from the performers. IT'S HARD TO HEAR YOU SITTING SO CLOSE TO THE MUSIC!!!! SPEAK UP!


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Posted by Jay Gamel on 02/07/2015 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Step Up to the Mic

CHallenge accepted! ;)

Posted by Bianca May on 01/28/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Fighting for a Living Wage

Thanks, Luis - you're right.
SoCo Supes say they want to fight poverty but the words "upstream investment" come up too frequently in the conversation. It's code for "A stitch in time saves nine" planning - going for prevention instead of repair.
Unfortunately it often means yet another institutional structure.
I say what's more "upstream" than our pregnant daughters and our grandchildren? If you raise my homecare wage from $11.65 an hour to $15 an hour then I can buy the kids and grandkids vitamins, raincoats, bus tickets and decent food.
Doesn't get much more "upstream" than that.
The Living Wage Ordinance could end up saving the county more money than it will be putting out. I believe it will.

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Posted by Carol Taylor on 10/01/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Say No to Prop 1

Further focus for a real water solution is to immediately stop building cities and subdivisions where there isn't sufficient water available to serve the new residents. California MUST stop sending water away from its source. Californians must learn to live with the water that is available on site. We've seen what happens when water is sent hundreds of miles away, depriving the indigenous wildlife and environment of the water they need. We have to banish the idea that we can build communities without regard for where the water is going to come from.

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Posted by Alice Chan on 10/01/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Positive Aging

Also check out this Deepak Chopra vids

Posted by John Craft on 08/21/2014 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Positive Aging

The site Retirement And Good Living has some great guest posts by boomers and recent retirees and what they are doing during this stage in their lives. They are working at staying healthy, sailing full time, starting businesses based on hobbies, RVing across the US and New Zealand, backpacking across the globe, volunteering with the Peace Corps, retired overseas and more. It gives you a good perspective of the possibilities.

Posted by carlyt on 08/20/2014 at 4:34 AM

Re: “I Like Obamacare

Did you stop to think about who is paying for your healthcare? If you can't pay for yours, then someone else not only pays for theirs, but for yours also. Maybe someday you can make enough money to be forced to buy healthcare for others.

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Posted by b on 06/27/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Climate Change

Three cheers for the Climate Protection Campaign and Sonoma Clean Power! It's so nice to know that we're leading this historic movement. Dear Ann, more POWER to you!

Philip Beard
Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative

Posted by Philip Beard, Go Local Coop on 06/25/2014 at 5:46 PM

Re: “The New Bohemians

Fantastic! I love the Bohemian and it's mission. Thanks for carrying on the torch, in fearless and fun-loving fashion. And just between us, I'm looking forward to one day seeing my band Team Venus featured in the music section. Certainly that was NOT a plug, just a casual aside... ;-)
a fearless and fun-loving reader (whoops... how did that get in there? So tacky...)

Posted by Alia Curchack-Beeton on 06/07/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Cruise Control

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Posted by billdsd on 05/30/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Cruise Control

Good points, Tom, but it's worth keeping in mind that there are situations when a bicyclist or group is in no way acting out of "self-entitlement" or aggression by occupying a lane when safe to do so. As drivers we should keep this in mind and not bug out and honk a horn whenever we have to wait 10 seconds to pass.

Bridges are key examples: many, like this bridge out of Pt. Reyes if it's the one on Shoreline Highway south out of town, have no bike lane. Just because a stripe exists somewhere on the side of the road does not mean that you can safely pass.

In June this year, you cannot legally pass a bike without 3 feet of clearance, minimum. On a bridge like that—it's totally unsafe to pass anyway. The dude honking in a case like this was likely the aggressive instigator, although he may have not realized that, and was not necessarily deserving of a beat-down. Clearly, everybody needs to chill a bit. I'm just pointing out that occupying a lane, in some situations like a blind curve or bridge, are the correct thing to do per California's motor vehicle code, and not a display of aggression.

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Posted by James on 05/28/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Cruise Control

Say it, Redwood baby! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Posted by Tom Gogola on 05/22/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Cruise Control

I've ridden close to 100,000 miles, on three different bicycles, mostly in Sonoma County. Showing drivers you care about staying out of the way, and using courtesy, eye contact, and a smile, makes the experience a lot more enjoyable and a lot less fearful.

I've been buzzed a few dozen times, and have had the "why did you get so close" chat with some bikers trying to show me something, but most folks are pretty cool.

Be nice out there folks. Some of these drivers are also lovers, and you may need 'em on your side of the bed some day.

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Posted by Redwood_baby on 05/22/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Play On, Brother

Vote for Victoria Shanahan on June 3rd.

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Posted by Keith Rhinehart on 05/10/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Play On, Brother

This case is one of the reasons Ravitch has to go. It is inexcusable how hard this prosecutor tried to make Houston Herczog a murderer rather than a mental patient - 3 opinions in favor of schizophrenia and she calls in a 4th doctor, which has never been done before in my memory. And still she lost the case, although the rest of us feel justice was finally achieved. Ravitch also promised procedural reform, which has not occurred. Mark Herczog, a good father, friend and fellow musician, died because he refused to call in law enforcement for fear they would murder his child, like Jeremiah Chass was murdered by our Sheriff's office.

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Posted by Keith Rhinehart on 05/10/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Where is the Outrage?

He is setting a tumultuous example of bad behavior to the community he represents! This is not high school! Grow up!

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Posted by Sea Galindo on 05/02/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Where is the Outrage?

Thank you for saying I was eloquent, but as I recall I suggested that he deserved to have his day in court, which now he has.


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Posted by AP on 05/02/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Where is the Outrage?

Laura G:

Thank you for stating in unmistakably clear language that which needs to be said about this misogynistic, egotistical, arrogant, self-centered excuse of a man. The fact is that any mere mortal among us would have been slapped with multiple and varied charges for committing such heinous acts against not one but THREE innocent women in their apartment. But not only does he walk away with a not guilty verdict for the most minimalistic charge which was brought - the laughable crime of "attempting peeking" - but he STILL has the support of some misguided elected officials and respect of some supposed community leaders. This is, indeed, a sad commentary on the shortcomings of not only our criminal justice system, but also underscores the callous and brazen disregard that some people have exhibited for a woman's right to feel safe in her own home.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 04/30/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Where is the Outrage?

Please sign and share the following petition, being sent to Carrillo and copied to the Board Of Supervisors – Carrillo needs to resign:

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Posted by carrillo must resign on 04/30/2014 at 9:16 PM

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