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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: “The Old-Name Game: Santa Rosa's Disappearing Landscape

I went to Santa Rosa Junior College back in 1968-70. We used to eat at the Artic Circle Drive-In. I remember that big plastic white chicken statue called " Acey Bird" When did that place leave Santa Rosa ? Also I remember eating at Rocky,s Pizza Parlor in back of the college on Steele Lane.

Posted by Glenn Zoslaw on 09/29/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Is Raley's Going the Way of Walmart?: Grocery Strike Goes Into Day Four

He said Joyce Teel is worth 1 billion, not that she made that much in profits or sales. Also, Raley's never opened their books. How can you all be so certain about what Raley's profit margin is if they've neve opened their books? Raley's is privately owned, there is no public record as per how much the company is really worth, how much their profits really are, or their profit margin. So, your math is a waste of time, Concerned Citizen. You don''t have the facts because Raley's never made them available.

Posted by Rob T F on 09/20/2014 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 17, 2014

Here's my letter to the editor:
http://andrewapeterson.com/2012/03/north-bay-bohemian-rebranding-project-free-take-one

I made this for you guys. I hope you like it.
:)
Andrew A. Peterson

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Posted by andrewapeterson on 09/17/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Help Kurt Stenzel Heal!

thanks for the link Jennifer -- the link is also embedded in the story, click "help this man heal!" Our system doesn't always highlight the links in an obvious way … !

Posted by Tom Gogola on 09/10/2014 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Help Kurt Stenzel Heal!

Here's the link to the GFM page: http://www.gofundme.com/kurtscominghome

Thanks, Tom :)

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Posted by Jennifer Lipscomb on 09/06/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 27, 2014

Traumatized Gaza children
The United Nations estimates at least 373,000 Palestinian children require direct and specialised psychosocial support. And based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned. Gazan children's right to education has also been severely compromised, with at least 25 schools reportedly damaged so severely that they can no longer be used. The future of Palestinian children in Gaza is extraordinarily bleak.

"The entire population has experienced a deep form of trauma, and there isn't a single family in Gaza who hasn't experienced personally death, injury, the loss of their home. The psychological toll that has on a people, it just cannot be overestimated, and especially on children. I've met children who have experienced extraordinary wounds, who have watched as family members were dismembered before their eyes, obliterated." -- Pernille Ironside, chief of UNICEF's Gaza field office.

The Palestinians are broken by the violence they have been up against for so many years.

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/29/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Wagyu beef, chicken fried chicken and more at Taste of Petaluma

Thanks for the review, Nick. Just got back from the event -- delicious
Lyndi Brown

Posted by Lyndi on 08/23/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 20, 2014

Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (continued)

The Task force is charged with:
1. Reviewing options for a model for an independent citizen review body.
2. Reviewing and recommending options for community policing to be considered with the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget process.
3. Reviewing and recommending whether the Office of Coroner should be separately elected from the Office of Sheriff.
4. Bringing to the Board of Supervisors any additional feedback from the community on these issues that merits County attention by the end of 2014 and discuss staff generated efforts on these issues. These duties are described more completely in the Community and Local Law Enforcement Charter, approved by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2013.

Posted by Sonoma County Citizen on 08/23/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 20, 2014

Re: Policing the Police

There's no need for another petition.

The Sonoma Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force was created following the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff to address four important issues necessary for community healing through the convening of 21 representative members of the community and ultimately making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Task Force has been created for a one-year period that will conclude December 31, 2014.
http://sonoma-county.org/communitylocallawtaskforce/

Posted by Sonoma County Citizen on 08/23/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Positive Aging

Also check out this Deepak Chopra vids www.timeless-u.com

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: “Wells Fargo Center Director of Programming, Rick Bartalini, Has Left

Rick is doing better than ever! He is an amazing man both in business and personal life!

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Posted by Jimmy Corn on 08/19/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 13, 2014

Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call "mowing the lawn". That means shooting fish in the pond, to make sure that the animals stay quiet in the cage that you’ve constructed for them, after which you go to a period of what’s called "ceasefire".

"In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid," Chomsky says. "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by 'apartheid' you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. … The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison."

"An eye for an eye" has always been the motto of those who live under the Mosaic Law--injury for injury, injustice for injustice, death for death. There was love and mercy and forgiveness even under the Mosaic Law, but those who practice it today have focused on justice and judgment rather than mercy and forgiveness, and their justice has become injustice and their judgment has become the slaughter of the innocent and the butchery of the helpless.

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/13/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Remembering Robin Williams

Charlie, no, there is not help. Why does everyone say, "There is help"? People: please stop lying. There is no help.

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 5, 2014

What if situation in Gaza were reversed?

Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding; if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF; you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.

What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorised by the U.N.?

"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." “The fact is that Israel had, pre-state -- in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today." Henry Siegman

Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/07/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding, if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF, you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorized by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." The fact is that Israel had, pre-state—in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today."
Henry Siegman

ISA.1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Ted Rudow III, MA

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/01/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 30, 2014

Every Nation Has a Right and Duty to Protect Its Citizens

So May Taylor thinks citizens of the world's only Jewish State should passively wait for the Palestinian Arabs to kill them via rocket attacks and kidnappings? I don't.

On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas members. The Israeli government began an intensive search. That same day, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups renewed rocket attacks, followed by attempted infiltration through tunnels.

Hamas has been committing a double war crime – intentionally targeting civilian centers in Israel and intentionally placing its weapons in civilian neighborhoods in Gaza.

On June 15, Israel struck terrorist targets in Gaza. On June 30, in the West Bank town of Hebron – where the first Hebrews, Abraham and Sarah, are buried – the murdered bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were found.

Norman Solomon (Bohemian “Rhapsodies & Rants 7/23-29,14) criticizes the Israeli Government for searching for the perpetrators and destroying rocket launchers. Mae Taylor piles on the criticism. In a “morally skewed universe,” Solomon calls terrorists “party activists” and implies that Israel has the approval of The New York Times and the U.S. Government to “Kill more.”

Actually, the Palestinian unity government still receives U.S. funding. The “moderate” Palestinian Authority -- Hamas’s partner in a unity government -- celebrated the kidnappings in its official publication (http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11706).

"Moderate" Fatah promises "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12198)

Hamas TV broadcast a sermon, "it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12218)

Ms. Taylor complains about schools in Gaza being hit by Israel. The third UN school in Gaza was found to be storing rockets (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/29/THIRD-Rocket-Arsenal-Found-At-UN-School-In-Gaza)

Jewish “settlements” in Gaza go back to at least 145 B.C.E. There has been an almost continual Jewish presence until 2005, when Israel gave up all of Gaza. Since then, Arab terrorists have launched more than 10,000 rockets (including the Iranian Fajr-5) and nearly 5000 mortars into Israel from Gaza, killing 65 Israelis, wounding almost 5000 and traumatizing thousands.

Tons of humanitarian goods are transferred from Israel to Gaza, despite these ongoing attacks. Israel’s responses are proceeded by leaflets, phone calls and other means to warn civilians to evacuate targeted buildings. A recent analysis found 82% of reported Gaza “civilian” fatalities were male; 45% age 18-28. (http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/20/analysis-of-gazans-killed-so-far-in-operation-protective-edge/) Civilians? Hmm?

Jews have lived in the land of Israel continually in an independent state or under the rule of others since the return from Egypt. “Zionism” is the 2000 year old Jewish aspiration of a re-established independent Jewish state in their ancient homeland.

There was no sizable Arab presence in the land until the Muslim invasions, about 1800 years after the return of the Jews.

Despite these stronger Jewish claims to the land, Jews have been willing to “share” the territory with the Arabs. But the Arab and Muslim response has been disproportionate in words and violence.

In 2012, Hamas representative Fathi Hamad said, "For the Palestinian people death became an industry…. We desire death as you desire life."

By protecting it’s citizens – the first responsibility of any government – Israel chooses life.

What is so controversial about that?

Ben Winkler
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Ben on 07/30/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 23, 2014

The Solomon Screed
Norman, it's even worse than you thought. Rep. Huffman, who defeated you soundly in the Democratic primary, was actually a co-sponsor of the resolution supporting Israel, and, head held high, appeared recently at a rally in support of Israel's actions at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco.
Why do liberals like Rep. Huffman, and even the Progressive Caucus, who joined in the Congressional "seal of approval", and the sainted New York Times, never a great friend of the Zionist state or its leaders, see things so differently from you?
Could it be that they realize that the regrettable death of civilians in Gaza is the fault of the terrorist group Hamas, which the Gazans mistakenly elected to lead them, and whose recipe for victory is to "desire death more than you value life", as a member was once quoted as saying. Apparently they believe that firing missiles from apartment complexes and storing weapons in mosques and schools is the best way of helping their charges achieve immortality. It is not the Israelis, or the U.S., that places little value on human life, but Hamas, which for years has timed its rocket attacks on Sderot to coincide with the beginning and end of the school day, hoping to kill Israeli children on their way to and from school. The U.S. supplies Israel with weapons to defend themselves against this murderous group, and, to all accounts they are doing it with as much respect for the lives of civilians at the target sites as they can. Using building supplies that Israel allowed through its blockade for humanitarian purposes, Hamas has built a huge network of deep tunnels underneath Gaza for storing weapons and hiding Hamas leaders from Israeli bombs. No civilians are allowed in these tunnels. Hamas wants the Gaza population to remain in place as collateral damage for Israeli attacks, to be waved in front of the sensationalistic international press and for the convenience of propagandists like you.
You had your moment in the spotlight. Now have the grace to retire into obscurity, neither with a bang nor a whimper.
Jeffrey Sheff
Santa Rosa

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Posted by Jeffrey Sheff on 07/25/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Welcome to Gun Country

"What a country we live in: In open-carry states, a mostly white group of chubby second amendment “gundamentalists” have taken to carrying actual assault weapons into retail and fast-food outlets with not much pushback from police, while in California, a 13-year-old Latino kid gets shot and killed by police while openly carrying a toy gun in a semi-rough Santa Rosa neighborhood. Meanwhile, there’s a school shooting practically every week—and thus the battle lines are drawn between arming everybody and, gee, how about some sane gun laws?"

No child is allowed to open carry. No one in CA can own a non-neutered semi-automatic rifle. Open carry activists usually inform police of their actions beforehand. There is not a school shooting every week, but over 50% of gun homicide victims are african-american. How about constructive policy rather then your anti-NRA "gun laws" that do nothing to help anyone! Talk about drinking the kool aid. Strawman much?

If you cared at all about ending gun violence, you would be talking about poverty, the war on drugs, black on black crime, and the failure of anti-gun policy. But you're not. You're repeating talking points that don't make sense, you're demonizing your enemies and your tugging at the heartstrings of racism in the United States. Unbelieveable.

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Posted by Strawman on 07/11/2014 at 8:17 AM

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