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Comment Archives: stories: Columns & Blogs: Letters to the Editor

Re: “A Little Town Called Eldridge

"The Sonoma County Airport plans to add 16 more commercial flights in the Spring of 2020. Meanwhile they are installing solar at the airport. What hypocrites! ...
Few take global warming serious"

I was wondering the same. Lynda Hopkins tells us we need to sign up for the Sonoma Green Power Ultra Green Program and pay extra, so that when we flip the switch our electrons come from the Geysers Geothermal plants instead of some other source connected to the common grid. And Sebastopol has their battery powered bus. Yet we cheer the expansion of the airport which is the most carbon per passenger mile form of transportation.

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Posted by MHilber on 11/03/2019 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Covering Cover Bands

To the Editor:

Trees Can Help Save Us From Climate Catastrophe

Humans have a moral obligation to stop climate change. This must happen where ever and however possible. We must quickly develop climate protection policies, laws, and regulations now and for future generations. Without question human actions such as burning fossil fuels is the main cause of climate change. Forest protection and conservation is the most powerful nature-given sequestration of carbon on the planet. The delicate atmosphere surrounding our planet earth is an onion skin like protection layer shielding life on earth from powerful sun rays. All people on our planet must take an honest part in reducing their carbon footprint and protect trees everywhere for sequestration of green house gases (GHG) to prevent damage to the atmosphere leading to climate change.

Scientists in Switzerland recently estimated it could cost the world $300 billion to plant 0.9 billion hectares of trees that can dramatically reduce GHGs thereby slowing down climate change that promises to destroy civilization as we know it. By restoring forests everywhere we can dial down climate change by 2/3rds within 40-100 years. Here is the Swiss science on forest regeneration worldwide:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article…

This scientific study also provides a Global Information Systems, GIS, tool everyone can use to suggest where in their landscapes of climate survival, we can plant trees.

In Napa deforestation comes in the form of converting forests to wine grapes in steep mountains. Corporate vineyard developers in Napa and throughout the north coast of California seem to ignore the moral obligation to protect forests, such as, Hall Brambletree Associates, LP/Walt Ranch which plans to convert 209 acres of oak woodlands/14,000 trees throughout their 2300 acres in Napa wild lands. Portions of this clearcutting will be in Napas Milliken Creek Municipal Reservoir watershed. There is also concerns Hall Brambletree Associates LP, will further develop Walt Ranch into 35 mega-mansions thereby continuing to degrade the water source of the City of Napa along with even more degradation of the forest with no environmental review needed.

Last year an environmental grassroots movement that started over 22 years ago culminated into the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance, WQTPO of 2018 passed by the Napa County Supervisors to create limited stream water quality buffers and tree protection in some areas of the County's watershed lands. This ordinance is not enough. It will not stop the wine industry from deforestation, deep ripping, contouring and loss of wildlife habitat all the way to the mountain ridge tops.

During the public hearing debates of the WQTPO, the Board of Supervisors had an opportunity to limit future expansion of vineyards in steep watershed areas by forbidding deforestation over 30% slopes. However, vineyard developers complained that the future for wine growing must have land available to the ridge tops. Consequently, prohibiting deforestation over 30% slopes was deleted from the WQTPO. The primary outcome of the WQTPO for habitat protection is to retain 70% of the natural landscape per parcel. The problem is 30% habitat loss per parcel at build out has a catastrophic hydrologic impact on flooding, groundwater recharge and habitat fragmentation not considered in the WQTPO.

Natures hydrologic balance is altered due to climate change. It is all about water; either we have too much or not enough. We experience this in Napa with declining groundwater aquifers & flooding where deforestation contributes to this significantly. Forests are natures natural sponge percolating rain water to aquifer recharge areas, filtering pollutants, providing cool micro-climates and wildlife habitat for mountain lions, bears, salmon, Northern Spotted Owls and Red Legged Frogs and important diverse flora.

Napa should lead the way, as we have in the past with the Agricultural Preserve, the Slow Growth Ordinance and the Flood Management Project by largely protecting forest and lead by example to others who are destroying rain forests around the world at an alarming pace. Forest protection and regeneration of forest landscapes is a race to beat climate change. If we put off re-foresting the earth, more droughts, floods, and fires will diminish our chances of growing new forests that can get a foothold and grow in this already diminished and weakened world environment.

As the frequency and duration of monster hurricanes, floods, fire, drought and melting glaciers threatens water security around our planet, we must change our destructive climate-altering actions upon earth. Climate refugees are suffering everywhere, and species extinction is at an all-time high. It is humans that created climate change and it is humans that must race to stop it.

Posted by River Otter on 07/17/2019 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Fur Flies

Fur is cruel and inhumane, it is high time that we ban it entirely. Let's lead the way with compassion, awareness and forward-thinking. NO MORE FUR!

Posted by Schroederville on 04/18/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 22, 2019

Letters to the editor...

Please don't change the title. I think the title is perfect!

Dear Bohemian...I have commet I'd like to share...
I just read tonight in the PD that city leaders, I believe, are asking for help on ideas for the downtown area. I immediately started to laugh. I left Santa Rosa because of the stupidity of the leaders. I was there for 30 years. Leaders once did listen to their people. Not any more. Asking the public for help now is a joke. They should have done this long ago before putting in the town square. Compared to other squares in Sonoma County this one is poorly designed. It was a hurry up and get it done plan. And Id like to know what happen to that fountain that they were planning to put back inI heard it has disappeared. How do you lose a freaking fountain that big?? My guessprobably in someones back yard.
Best idea, I beleive, to help the downtown...help the homeless. That is what they should be asking for help on.
Mike Shea
Forestville

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Posted by Mike2018 on 01/27/2019 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 16, 2019

Re: 'Eff Trope' (Stephen D. Gross, Monte Rio). Apparently, you aren't (very) *aware?* The reason certain 4 letter words are avoided or aren't spelled out completely in *public* printings is because those words are actually *always* offensive in the *public* domain. The *public* consists of the entire gamut of the populace where some actually do still retain a little more 'couth, class, dignity and VOCABULARY' - i.e., they can still actually express themselves much more effectively and completely without relying on catch-all 4 letter attempts of personal expression that have *always* been offensive in the *public* domain (the very same reason *public* that, besides sanitation, defecation and urination is 'frowned upon'). Maybe you're now more aware - a little, at least (hopefully). Glad I could help. DaDood

Posted by DaDood on 01/25/2019 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: December 19, 2018

Life is full of choices and life attitude is everything
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Posted by helpMY helpMY on 12/23/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Novemer 28, 2018

Dept. of Corrections. Wow. Thats a pretty big flaw in research, reporting, and editing. With PG&E under such scrutiny I'd expect more.

Posted by Brotha52 on 11/29/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 12, 2018

Dear sebtown:
It's symptomatic of over-educated and self-concsiously sophisticated liberals who care more about saving whales, correcting largely-corrected wrongs and imaginary grievances - than they do fellow human beings.

That same response infects Marin and has so since it was taken over by New York libs 50 years ago...

The ranchers and Repubs who you used to see in Sebastopol would always wave or acknowledge your presence....
RA

Posted by RA on 10/15/2018 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 12, 2018

Since it isn't known where, when or if Drake landed anywhere on the W. Coast - how is it possible for the Editor to know that the explorers "contact(ed) the native Miwok Indians during their stay." ??

Posted by RA on 10/15/2018 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 12, 2018

Simple question...i've lived in Sebastopol for 15 years, worked downtown for about 8 years, and walked to work and back home numerous times, at all hours of the day. I'm friendly, average age, average looks, average income bracket. Why is it when I say hello to a passerby on the atreet in Sebastopol, i get snubbed every single time? Not looking to go beyond friendly neighborhood hello, tip of the hat, whatever... just a friendly wave would be refreshing. It's like everyone is too cool for their own good. It would be nice to feel like people are friendly in the nice town I live in, but its just not that way. What happened to Sebastopol and how is everyone to good to say hello to a person passing by?

Posted by sebtown blues on 09/17/2018 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 5, 2018

Good analysis on racism. Your 5th grade teacher must be proud. Obviously you haven't had the lesson about not generalizing about people (ie: white and mature people) yet. I won't hold my breath as I know that lesson isn't taught any more.

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Posted by jim bracco on 09/07/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 29, 2018

The reality is apparent. Most of the population in the u.s. certainly in California does not worship. And they do not talk about why they refuse to enter a church synagogue. We do not communicate with each other in depth and detail with complete honesty. We are afraid of things we won't talk about but you know if you did bring it up it would bring you down! We want to wear rose-colored glasses to cover up reality. Dr. J.

Posted by dotconnectorjay@gmail.com on 09/06/2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 22, 2018

I left a message on the tape machine of the Bohemian regarding Jim Bracco's insulting letter to the award-winning newspaper regarding his views on marijuana. I saved the copy but why has the response that was non vituperative not been available to Bohemian and Pacific sun readers? Addressing this issue of cannabis cowardice is more vital then past history regarding Drake. I love clover products. As a nutritional counselor I have called up clover and learned they love their cows more than most people love other people. Yet the Strauss Dairy is similar to Clover but is not as important as the understanding and removal of fear and Terror from the pharmaceutical and liquor industry contacts into the politicians. I still have the written copy to reply to Jim Bracco and those who were victimized by fear and Terror. Dr. Joel Taylor

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Posted by dotconnectorjay@gmail.com on 09/05/2018 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 5, 2018

Racism is part and parcel of misogyny. Plato's Theory of the female and male being joined as one body and then separated as part of a cosmic experiment is not far-fetched. Plato said this is the reason that females and males are drawn together. The Holy Grail of science known as the functional MRI is barely more than a decade old and very different from the standard MRI which is a wonderful diagnostic tool. The fmri proves that women are more dramatically responsive to love in the audio and visual input. Men are second in their response. The opposite of love proves women reject hatred quicker and more dramatically then men
The control group was sociopaths who had weak responses to love or none at all. It is time to expand the superiority of women as the true GodEss. There is further proof but it is not for a letter to the editor it is 4 the front cover of the Pacific Sun and the Bohemian. The word man exists within the word woman. Dr. Joel Taylor

Posted by dotconnectorjay@gmail.com on 09/05/2018 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 8, 2018

I liked the article on the Pet-A-Lama Comedy Fest and info on Brian Posehn very much. He is one of my favorite recurring characters on The Big Bang Theory, and plays the part of geologist Burt, in case he seemed familiar to your readers.

Posted by Susan L. Miller on 08/12/2018 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 8, 2018

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Posted by Amber Winter on 08/12/2018 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 1, 2018

Thank you, Richard Nichols, for your outstanding letter which encapsulates the way many of us feel about the mishandling by our Sonoma County Supervisors of the Chanate transaction, which came about as a result of their recalcitrance and poor decision-making, and which has wound up costing the taxpayers of this county a lot of unnecessary money for yet more of their legal lunacy. I concur 100 percent with each and every opinion which you have so eloquently and effectively espoused. And to this, I will add: A rewrite of the game of "Monopoly" is not what's needed here. Opening up the process, involving the neighbors who live up there who will be impacted, the public, instituting a process of true competitive bidding and thinking outside the box with respect to this large parcel of property which holds much potential for future multiple uses, is. Or perhaps the county should consider keeping the property and developing it themselves. Either way, this flawed "deal" - which the county almost got away with - is, thankfully, now history.

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 08/02/2018 at 11:46 AM
Posted by finnie on 07/14/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 11, 2018

I was disappointed to see that the link to the video deposition by Erick Gelhaus referred to in my letter (Justice at Last?) was inadvertently omitted from the piece. It's a critical piece of information.
Please watch and judge for yourself!
Kathleen Finigan

https://vimeo.com/249042207

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Posted by finnie on 07/14/2018 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 21, 2018

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