I am a Jazzercise Instructor at Monroe Hall and I have owned the business for over five years. Jazzercise is not an old-fashioned leotard workout ("Best Leotard-Clad Olivia Newton-John Workout," March 21). In fact, Jazzercise is very hip and incorporates lots of the new trends, like Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. It consists of great moves choreographed to new, hip music, including Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, J-Lo, Timbaland, Chris Brown, Usher, etc. Jazzercise has evolved over the years. It is a great workout—you should come try us out.
Thanks for the coverage you gave last week to the ongoing disputes regarding the 1990 bombing of Judi Bari ("A Tangled Web," March 21). I would just add that if Darryl Cherney really wants to find out who bombed Judi Bari, he has the resources and legal standing to start a real investigation. That would be most welcome.
Speaking of disputes and misunderstandings, I'd like to address a letter by Angie Marlowe who wrote of the "Bohemian Conspiracies" in your March 14 edition. It may surprise Angie to know that I couldn't agree with her more regarding the many conspiracy theories that are circulating out there about the Bohemian Grove, as they are indeed "silly." From Satanic cults to underground sex chambers to burning babies at the Cremation of Care, I've heard them all—and have denounced them as has anyone else paying attention.
Angie may not have followed the protests out there for the past 32 years, but with the exception of last year when several real conspiracy types had a small presence, our focus over the years has been on the daily Lakeside Talks which are often major public policy talks without any public scrutiny. Our purpose has always been to simply expose this two-week gathering of the military, governmental, financial and corporate elite. In other words, the 1 percent.
I would urge Angie and others to look into the history of both this annual encampment and the protests which began in 1980 at the beginning of the Reagan Administration. You can start at the Sonoma County Free Press website, and click on '25 Years of Lakeside Talks.'
The murder of Trayvon Martin doesn't raise new questions, it highlights old ones. Had the killer, George Zimmerman, been a black vigilante who killed a white child, he would have been arrested, quite likely beaten or shot for "resisting arrest" and jailed without bail, assuming he wasn't already dead.
Racism in this country continues unabated, fueled by ignorance, arrogance and fear, the fire stoked by the rhetoric of white superiority. Genocide directed at Native Americans, slavery, lynchings, Chinese Exclusion Laws, the internment of Japanese-Americans, Jim Crow and the anti-immigrant sentiment now flooding our airwaves all point to this hatred of the "other." Now add Muslims to the list. And when these "others" die or suffer, their lives are not valued as much as the lives of white people. This is madness, ugly racism, toxic to everyone. The land of the free, the home of the brave? Hardly.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin, a child like any other. Our child.
Andrew Carnegie said, "A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people."
In June of 2011, when we learned that the Sonoma County Libraries were closing on Mondays and reducing branch hours uniformly, we formed Sonoma County Save Our Libraries (SOCOSOL). Our purpose is to get the library to restore public service hours.
We need people who are willing to go to meetings to make the needs of the community known. If you are interested in joining the committee, please go to www.socosol.org. After all, "libraries will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no libraries."
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.