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Comment Archives: stories: Columns & Blogs: Open Mic

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:

https://www.change.org/petitions/supervisor-efren-carrillo-please-resign-now

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

Re: “The Issa Effect

Thanks Mr. Gogola. I appreciate the comments... I think :-)

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Posted by Andrew Blount on 03/26/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The Hunger Artifice

I appreciate Fellow Democrat's point, but none of what FD's written changes the fact that in this case a vote for the Farm Bill was in fact a vote to cut SNAP. Yes, "balance and tough decisions need to be made" and sure, you can dismiss criticism of the 'yes' vote as arm-chair quarterbacking if you like. I would call it participatory democracy - holding our representatives to account for their votes or lack thereof. Everyone in the House voting on this bill had to make those tough decisions FD referred to. Yet George Miller, Henry Waxman, Barbara Lee, Anna Eschoo, Maxine Waters and a host of other Demos voted against the bill, with many of them having gone on the record about the SNAP cuts being a primary factor for the direction of their vote. To stand against SNAP cuts was not to expect to always get whatever we want, it was a principled stand to not agree to budget cutting on the backs of the poorest one quarter of us who need that extra $90 a month in benefits. Like Alice Chan, I would have preferred Huffman's vote go in the other direction. We're accustomed to principled leadership in this district from Woolsey & Boxer - it remains to be seen if we're getting comparable representation these days. Being somewhat familiar with Alice Chan, I have no doubt that she did make her feelings known to Rep. Huffman prior to what FD calls arm-chair quarterbacking.

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Posted by Chris Fisher on 03/06/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “The Hunger Artifice

Alice, your commitment to Snap is commendable - but using your own logic (that a vote for the farm bill is a vote to cut SNAP) is pretty short sighted for the big picture. I'm curious if a vote against the farm bill would have been a vote to cut renewable energy, environmental projects, public health and nutrition, rural revitalization, natural resources, and education? Because these are all things that the farm bill does. Unfortunately, balance and tough decisions need to be made - and always getting everything you want in a republican controlled congress is unrealistic. Perhaps you should talk with the representative before you arm-chair quarterback how to be a congressman.

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Posted by Fellow Democrat on 03/05/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Rinse, Don't Repeat

Good to see you promoting water conservation, but not for the farmers sake! I won't take a one minute shower so Johnny Pinot can make more $100 bottles of wine, but I will to save the fish and other critters in the ecosystem!

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Posted by Daisy on 02/13/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Rinse, Don't Repeat

Tom, thanks for this well-written piece. You took a familiar subject and made it new.

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Posted by Murray Suid on 02/12/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

"Most importantly????????????" Shame on you, Gabe. Common mistake for civilians, a no-no for an Editor.

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Posted by Bob Canning on 02/05/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The paper will survive, Gabe. And we all hope you will, too. But we definitely will miss your editorial savvy, your journalistic skills, your damn-fine writing. Be well, keep writing (occasionally), and slow down. Santa Rosa needs folks like you!

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Posted by DaBigBird on 01/29/2014 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Sorry to see you go. Lets all hope the torch is passed into competent hands. You set the bar high.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/29/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Sorry to see you go. The paper was very interesting in your hands. Let's all hope the torch will be passed into competent hands.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/29/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

You're a inspiration, Gabe. I'm sorry I couldn't think of anything more literary to say, but that's the plain truth. May your future life be filled with happiness :)

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Posted by Melissa Gordon on 01/29/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Oh, no! I am genuinely bummed out upon reading the news that both Gabe and Leilani will be stepping down from their respective positions as Editor and Assistant to the Editor of the North Bay Bohemian. In a day and age when the dull saber of mainstream journalism no longer cuts it for many of us who require more than mere cookie-cutter reporting and bland journalistic pablum, the two of you were definitely bright spots on the newspaper horizon. I can tell you that I always looked forward each week with eager anticipation to see which controversial issues of the day you would report, write and comment on - and, I have to tell you, you never left me wanting. I also appreciate the fact that you have seen fit to not only print many of my letters, but the letters of many other community members as well, thus, giving us a voice on issues and matters which we hold near and dear. My heartfelt thanks for the high standard of journalistic integrity which you are both leaving behind as you pursue your personal paths and your future endeavors. Thank you.

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/29/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The editor's job post is here. If you're interested in the position, please get in touch. http://t.co/TdMALwZJC8

Posted by slipkid on 01/29/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The editor's job post is here. We're conducting a search so please get in touch if you're interested. http://t.co/TdMALwZJC8

Posted by slipkid on 01/29/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

I second Andy's comments about the 24 Hour Band Contest! I did it in 2013 and it was SO MUCH fun. Please say you'll continue it Boho! Sad to see Gabe go, and hoping anew editor emerges soon!

Posted by Kate on 01/29/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Our loss, Gabe, you and your family's gain--Bravo! I remember when you first started--as a cartoonist, right?--at the paper when it was called just that, The Paper. You were the tender age of about 18, I think. Jim and John have loved watching you blossom and mature. Best of luck to you.

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Posted by Michele Anna Jordan on 01/29/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Although you may consider it one of your lesser achievements, the 24 Hour Band Contest is the coolest thing I have ever participated in during my time in Santa Rosa. I cannot fully relate, as a new resident, how much of an impact it had on my Sonoma County experience. Participating in that one night (July 14, 2012) exponentially expanded my circle of friends, musical and otherwise. There I met Deborah, our wonderful singer, who convinced me to attend California Brazil Camp that summer, during which I studied and jammed with percussion masters Mauricio Zottarelli and Airto Moreira. During the contest I was also befriended by random band mates Teed, the stick master, as well as Andy G., inventor of the Slaperoo, and of course Dan, a fine drummer in his own right. You couldn't have drawn a cooler (or weirder) mix from the hats.

Thanks for all you've done to foster the good vibes in this community. May your journalistic saber remain sharp and continue to shred through The Bullshit. See ya at the record store.

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Posted by Andy Maroney on 01/29/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

May all the best new adventures involve you, Gabe and Leilani. I look forward to the Bohemian each week, both print and digital versions. You should be proud of what you've achieved. Only question is, who's going to take the helm?
Happy trails!
Susan L. Miller
Novato

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Posted by Susan L. Miller on 01/29/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Noooo!!! You will be missed!

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Posted by Bianca May on 01/29/2014 at 6:45 AM

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