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.
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.
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!
Tom, thanks for this well-written piece. You took a familiar subject and made it new.
"Most importantly????????????" Shame on you, Gabe. Common mistake for civilians, a no-no for an Editor.
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!
Sorry to see you go. Lets all hope the torch is passed into competent hands. You set the bar high.
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.
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 :)
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.
The editor's job post is here. If you're interested in the position, please get in touch. http://t.co/TdMALwZJC8
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
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!
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.
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.
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?
Susan L. Miller
Noooo!!! You will be missed!
Sad but true, as a Kaiser patient , I have already taken the precaution of seeking medical help for my heart condition OUTSIDE of America . This because Kaiser would be perfectly happy to sell my pills the rest of my shortened life, instead of doing the heart ablation that will cure me. As a former Cos reduction Manager I perfectly understand the elimination of duplicate processes and redundant activities however cutting employees is short sited, which is what cutting beds at hospitals really is.
I have a blog on this subject which is a bit more extensive of an opinion......http://womenwornoutdaily.wordpress.com/201… for those interested check out whats happening on the interwebs February 11th. https://thedaywefightback.org/
I wonder also about the demographic of those young people interviewed. Nationally, unemployment is lower among Whites than among African Americans/Hispanics, and the unemployment rates for the later are still in the double digits.
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