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Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 4, 2016

The question that should be put to Hopkins is this: Does she advocate "sanctuary" status for Sonoma County because the wine industry fat cats who backed her profit from illegal immigration?

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Posted by MHilber on 01/05/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 4, 2016

Fantastic letter, Doug!

Methinks that Ms. Hopkins is quite adept at the "art" of doublespeak.

I am heartened that you have conveyed so clearly that you aren't buying such nonsense.
And neither am I.

It is one thing to use Donald Trump's victory and upcoming ascendancy to power as an easy diversionary target in an effort to deflect the memories of the voters away from the disturbing facts of how she obtained her seat.

However, it is quite another thing to think that all of the voters are so stupid that they will not realize the irony in the adoption of such a sordid political tactic.

Fortunately, the Fifth District isn't entirely composed of fools who will blithely buy into such nonsense.

It is now up to Ms. Hopkins to decisively prove the naysayers wrong by disavowing the unprecedented plethora of dirty tactics which were employed by her big-money donors, her advisers and her handlers who helped her to obtain this local seat of political power.

We'll be watching and waiting with equal parts of anticipation and apprehension.
But we won't be holding our breath.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/05/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: December 21, 2016

It's ironic and hilarious that David Dale is so rapped up in his own issues that he thinks that David Madgalene insulted his precious substandard fart form.

First off. David M. is a professional creative writer, and a very good one, who has written numerous novels, and poetry books, which David D. has no comprehension about, and so projects his own tv viewing onto David M. to insult him, like a talentless rapper insulting a real poet. The most funny thing about all of David's peurile comment is that he missed the whole meaning of David M.'s essay, which was satire, and in so doing proved David M.'s points by creating his own accidental, cloud of unconscious irony.

David M.'s satire had posed a what if question, stating that "if" rap were dead, then Trump has revived it, not as a real talented rapper, but as a clown puppet of the rich, fooling people with naughty rhymes and doggerel. See, David M. doesn't hate rap, nor did he say it's dead, he just said, "if" it were, then perhaps Trump could revive it. That's a kind of literary device way beyond simple little pouting, angry, hostile David D.'s tiny brain power, and that makes me laugh, a lot, that David D. would be so defensive about his little rap music that he'd completely misunderstand & misread an entire essay.

Anyway, I've got better things to do, but I'll quickly set the record straight. David M. has lived in NYC, and hung out with more real inner city ethnic folks than David D. could ever dream to meet.That's part of David M.'s sophistication, he lived in the big city, traveled, and lived in various places, and made friends with many people of different races, and he especially respects black African American culture, and he has also graduated from a fine American university, and also studied creative writing with a number of professional writers at Naropa, and other locations, and studied with some who are African American. It's very hilarious to me that someone so simple minded, could be so offended, by misreading a clever essay about current American political culture, and misread it to be an attack on rap, when in fact it's nothing of the sort. A misreading so gigantic that this person misses the entire point of the essay, that a mirror is necessary on a culture, when a culture can create a Donald Trump as it's president. And it's fascinating to me that someone would take such great offense, just to defend an art form (rap), with some geniuses & true artists, but also with many deplorables, and who thus completely missed the meaning of the essay, and yet, in doing so, ironically, he shows a mirror of the exact way that people can react mindlessly, aggressively, stupidly, as Trump does on Twitter, to every little perceived slight, instead of being smart, classy, & dealing with more important issues. David Dale sure ironically illustrated David Magdalene's points in his essay, by behaving like a Trump, or a Trump "alt-right" deplorable, whining about being insulted, and missing the whole point in their silly fury. I don't think rap loving and worshiping Dave D. really is a deplorable, he's probably a good guy who wants to respect everyone, & treat people right, I guess, I'm sure willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the problem is, if you can't see the forest from the trees, then you can look the other way easily, when people like Trump & his band of deplorables come along with their chain saws, & steamrollers, and pretty soon our forests are gone, because too many are distracted by nonsense, & piddle, of their own creation, & that of our deplorable overlords.

I think that was part of David Magdalene's essay's point. Sorry David D. missed it. I can't wait to read David M.'s satire of this minor brouhaha, should he be so inspired, as he is fully capable of great satire, but I won't obligate him to write one, as a fellow writer, I deplore being obligated to write (unless I'm paid, then I'll love it!). I can imagine it though, having read, and seen performed, much of my friend David Magdalenes' very clever, funny, shocking, insightful, and compassionate writing about many African Americans, and, of course, white Americans that David has known, & imagined, in his brilliant creative writings. David M. has written many poetic raps in his creative writing, demonstrating the voices of various characters, that are terrific, and likely David D. would probably like it, if he put aside "his tv," and went to read them on Amazon.com or hoodoodog.blogspot.com and checked it out. David D., remember that what you misread, & took offense to, was "creative" writing, not literal. If you had just noticed the "if" in David's essay, you might have spared yourself of your embarrassing knee jerk silly reaction, since your little rap music was never attacked in the first place.

Posted by Andrewm on 12/31/2016 at 4:04 AM

Re: “The Year in Drugs

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Posted by Robert Murray on 12/28/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “My Land

Response to E. G.Singer

E.G., Thank you for showing your support for #DAPL, however, I feel you missed the point that this a victory for Tribal Sovereignty. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Tribal council and Elders made this a reality. It was begun by Native youths but sovereignty is what leads. Neither individuals nor organizations are sovereigns. It is wonderful to see the support from around the world for this effort. Water is sacred, thank you for your thoughts.

With respect,

Peggy Berryhill,
Native Media Resource Center

Posted by Peggy Berryhill on 12/27/2016 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Bad Move

I live in a rural residential area and I have seen a grower move in to a very close family neighborhood and construct an 8 foot fortress fence with a padlock solid 8 foot hight gate all around the little neighborhood lot and house they bought. Only thing missing is the armed guards.

This is not kid friendly or neighborly. Usually one guy lives on these properties as a guard or watchman. These are neighborhoods. We also don't want other big industries next door. We want neighborhoods where people live, have kids, know each other and are a community. Many of the grow sites destroy community. They are not usually families. Just a care taker watchman and a big keep out fence.

Posted by Maetreyii Ma on 12/21/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Farm to Bong

$190 an ounce? Geez, we were getting more than that in the seventies! What a deal!

Posted by Pepper Head on 12/11/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Dear Fellow Christians

There is no way you are christian dude. If you knew what the communists you would put in power would rewrite the bible if you were allowed to have one, then once the muslims kicked their ass, you would get a Qu'ran or a guillatine. Soft head. This is more typical crap that goes on in Stett Holbrooks sandbox.

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on 12/11/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Pot Topics

$70 for a daypass? That's completely unreasonable.

Posted by Deez on 11/29/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Standing Tall

I am encouraged to see the Bohemian publish Sheperd's article about Standing Rock's efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. This issue is not getting enough coverage in the media and the honest coverage has mostly come from independent journalists so I appreciate seeing this in a local paper very much. I attended both actions in Santa Rosa on the 15th and know our community will continue coming together to support Standing Rock on the long road ahead. Please be sure all or your friends and family know about this and don't assume they have heard. These are reliable sites for donations, information about what is happening on the ground and actions nationwide :
http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate/
www.OcetiSakowinCamp.org
http://sacredstonecamp.org/
http://indigenousrising.org/

NODapl

Thank you Sheperd!!

Posted by Kayla Cook on 11/24/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Standing Tall

Thank you for Shepherd Bliss's article on Standing Rock. It is essential to have this kind of thorough coverage, as local, national and, already, international awareness grows.
Well done Bohemian!
And thank you Shepherd.
Angela Ford

Posted by Angela Ford on 11/23/2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Standing Tall

Great to see this article by Shepherd on this very important ongoing effort by Water Protectors and allies. One correction is the cost of the pipeline is in billions not millions - 3.8 billion. Many from this area have traveled up and are helping in their way. Those of us behind have many ways to contribute as Shepherd points out.

Posted by Jeff Rooney on 11/23/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “It Starts Now

Thanks Stett. We can certainly use a trustworthy press right now.

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Posted by Sam Freeman on 11/19/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “It Starts Now

What can we do about it? There is a fourth option--REJOICE!

Posted by Chris Sholes on 11/19/2016 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Yes on Proposition 57

YES ON PROP 57!!!!

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Posted by ROXS on 11/08/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: November 2, 2016

The follow-the-money letter is hard to follow. The writer grumbles about receiving political mailers from lackeys/handlers of Lynda Hopkins. What he means is that he got some mail from an independent political committee that Hopkins has no control over; Noreen Evans has verified that reality in regard to independent groups supporting her.

However, the letter oddly refers to lackeys/handlers. A lackey is a manservant, houseboy, or a flunky; while a handler in this context would be a person who actually manages a political candidate. The metaphors are thus confusingly mixed.

The rest of the letter is short on substance but full of fallacy and incivility. Eric Koenigshofer, who supports Hopkins, is effectively labeled a pig, and Lynda Hopkins is called a toady. The first epithet is uncivil, and the second is sexist. Why does the writer feel the need to resort to the fallacies known as ad hominem attacks and guilt by association?

Lynda Hopkins is no toady. She is a strong woman who will serve the best interests of the entire Fifth District as our next supervisor.

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Posted by Mark Tansil on 11/02/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: October 12, 2016

I'm Evans has no specifics. And the ones she has are illegal or not practical.

Posted by Jay on 10/21/2016 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: October 19, 2016

Noreen's only argument is that she has been in government so many years. Where is real policy? Oh ya pot for potholes (she won't get that money) and use pension money to fund housing (oh ya that's illegal). Time for new ideas.

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Posted by J on 10/21/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: October 12, 2016

a perfunctory perusal? done at perhaps at a precursory level?

Posted by MHilber on 10/19/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: October 19, 2016

David Katz hits the nail on the head with respect to Erik K. It is sad that he brings so much money and misery into the local contest for the 5th District. His funding of the unsubstantiated allegations against Noreen Evans are a disgrace.

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Posted by Shepherd Bliss on 10/19/2016 at 3:04 PM

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