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Re: “Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2017

Christopher Patrick Murphy Berkheimers most recent letter was a truly and completely nauseating follow-up to his previous nauseating letter. Kudos to him on the consistency.

First, he makes Deputy Gelhaus the real, true victim in this tragedy. Next, he minimizes violence against people of color by pointing out that he too has a non-white skin color- pink. Then Mr. Berkheimer goes on to question what kind of community allows kids with toy guns to play in the street. Um, most U.S. communities? For decades? Because we live in a society that worships guns? Hello? He even manages to bring in a Hitler allusion to the letter writers hes berating. How original!

Mr. Berkheimer then throws out a red herring by insinuating that no one can double guess a police officer if theyve never actually been a police officer. Im assuming the same goes for anyone second guessing teachers, used car salesmen, dentists, etc. You have no right to say anything if youve never walked a day in their shoes either, right?

In a final, magnanimous, comment, he claims he doesnt blame Andy Lopezs parents for the teenagers death. But then Mr. Berkheimer turns around and asks who let Andy out with a toy gun. Oh, so the Lopezs are indeed to blame for their sons death. Got it. Because at no time in the course of human history have teenage boys ever ignored their parents warnings.

Then the letter finally implores us to let Andy, Erick and Sonoma County rest. Yes, because this tragedy has affected all equally, even though only one of them is buried six feet under the ground. What he really means is that hes tired of hearing about the death of the Mexican kid, and he wants Gelhaus left alone. You know, the REAL victim in this tragedy.

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Posted by Laura Gonzalez on 06/02/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: May 10, 2017

THE REAL PROBLEM

I am struggling to accept the magnitude of arrogance, ignorance and utter callousness on the part of the writers of Let It Rest (May 10) regarding the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Deputy Erick Gelhaus in 2013.
The writers appear not to understand that the boy was carrying a plastic toy gun, not the real thing.
Furthermore, they are obviously unaware that Mr. Gelhaus has already testified that he actually wasn't sure if the gun was pointed at him. According to 9th Circuit Judge Milan Smith, who recently heard the latest Gelhaus defense plea to kill the Lopez family wrongful death lawsuit, "There is no license for police to kill teenagers within three seconds when even that officer says that the gun was not pointing at him or even coming up to point at him, and others say the same thing."
Sonoma County has already spent or committed some $2.35 million to outside attorney fees to prevent Gelhaus from facing trial but it's looking as though the 9th Circuit is leaning toward just that as the likely outcome of this most recent hearing.
The County is talking about taking this case to the Supreme Court but concerned residents here are calling for the immediate settlement with the family to help bring closure to the family as well as to save the County many millions more if the case isn't settled soon.
I suggest that instead of blaming the victim and his parents to boot that these gentlemen consider the real problem we have here: a Sheriff who supports a toxic culture of 'kill first, ask questions later," on the perceived basis that we the people are the enemy out there, not citizens whom law enforcement is supposed to serve and protect.
For this very reason and myriad others, not the least of which is Sheriff Freitas' continuing cooperation with Trump-Sessions plan for ICE to deport three million Mexicans this year alone, this Sheriff is facing a recall campaign right now. It deserves to succeed.

Kathleen Finigan
Santa Rosa

Posted by finnie on 05/22/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2017

Nowhere in the story does it say that he wasn't growing on park land or other people's land.

Posted by Chris Sholes on 04/27/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 8, 2016

Props to Linda Morand for correcting the "King Henry" who wanted to be rid of a meddlesome priest cited in "Resist, Refuse, Sue" (Feb 1). 'Twas, indeed, Henry II, not Henry VIII. BUT, allow me to offer a little correction of Morand's correction. Henry VIII's troubles were with Thomas More (one "o"), the Lord Chancellor of England. The Thomas Moore (two "o"s) that Morand inadvertently identified was an 18th-century Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". Just sayin'.

Michael F McCauley
Santa Rosa

Posted by Michael McCauley on 02/10/2017 at 12:35 PM

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: “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

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 27, 2016

In the terse, anti-Lynda Hopkins letter, the writer opined that she should not be running for county supervisor, because she is the mother of two young girls.

Does he mean that she should not work outside of her home? Would he say the exact same thing if it were her husband who was seeking this county job? Haven't we gotten beyond such antiquated thinking?

Simplistic either/or arguments are in vogue: the woman can apparently either choose to be a good mother or a good supervisor, but not both. To the contrary, Lynda Hopkins is an excellent mom, and she will--simultaneously--be an excellent supervisor.

Mark Tansil, Sebastopol

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Posted by Mark Tansil on 09/29/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: July 27, 2016

I was remembering laughter just fine up to "And, speaking of women, I thought Caitlyn Jenner was actually a man?" We are not a joke, and we are not disguising ourselves to fool anyone. We are who we way we are. This is transphobia, and it's bigotry, whether intentional or not. This has no place on the pages of your nominally progressive rag. This is no more appropriate than racist humor.

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Posted by Diana on 07/27/2016 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2016

Well, we do a little better with the actual nomination in November. It's still by winning the most electorates of a state, but if the state gets the electoral vote. Like IL has I believe 20 members of the Electoral College, so if Hillary wins IL by just one vote she'll win all 20 electorates and once you've reached or surpassed 270, Hillary is then the next president. And that's the closest we get to our vote really counting. At the same time, it shows how important it is to vote in the primaries and the off year non presidential elections unless you don't give a damn who you congressman is, the one that controls the purse strings. Same for you Senator. It takes two houses to pass that bill.

And people who don't vote, and there are a lot, just need to shut-up if they have a complaint. A lot of people are elected by your direct vote.

Posted by Robert on 05/02/2016 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: April 20, 2016

April 23, 2016

Hello,

An important political event is happening on May 1st that effects all of your readers, and which I think needs some promotion. The California Democratic Party is holding caucuses around the state to elect “District Level” delegates for each of the 2 presidential candidates. Each of the state’s 53 Congressional Districts is doing this at the same time. Calistoga is part of CD 5, which includes Napa County plus portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Any registered Democrat from CD 5 is allowed and encouraged to participate and vote for the delegate candidates. Depending on the outcome of the June primary within each district, a commensurate percentage of these preselected delegates will be sent to the Democratic National Convention held in late July in Philadelphia. There they will join with the delegates and party insiders from every state to choose the Democratic party nominee for the General election in November.

Each caucus candidate pledges to support one of the Presidential candidates. To vote for delegates who are in support of Bernie Sanders, the location is 720 Technology Way, Napa, CA 94558. To vote for delegates who are in support of Hillary Clinton, the location is Carpenters Local 751, 1706 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Doors open at 2:00. You must at least be in line by 3:00 in order to vote. You can leave quickly after voting if desired.

I think it important that we citizens take part in our political process, and that our media keep us properly informed.


Matt Sarconi



1517 Myrtle Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
(415) 812-6730

Posted by matt sarconi on 04/26/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 24, 2016

We would like to address the issue brought up last week by a reader, Marcus "Doing the Right Thing". It is true there has been a lack of participation in farmers registering with the Water Board, but the important question is why? In complying with this registration request, farmers will be exposing themselves to being placed on a publicly accessible site thereby relinquishing their privacy and being at risk of vandalism. While this waiver is indeed another step towards compliance, the lack of protection and safety for the farmers, their families and their livelihood is a major concern which needs to be addressed immediately. We at the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) are working daily to support farmers developing responsible best management practices regarding the environment and their community. We are hosting a workshop, Water Quality Compliance, which will be focusing specifically on these issues on Sunday March 6th from 2-5pm, at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa.

We applaud those that are taking steps towards compliance with the new laws; in order for the next generation of cannabis operators to be successful it is imperative that people feel comfortable moving out of the shadows and becoming more actively engaged community members. We at SCGA are helping to facilitate this transition and we appreciate the Bohemian for their continued coverage of cannabis happenings throughout the county. Twice a month SCGA hosts educational workshops, the Learning Laboratory, as well as monthly social mixers for professionals across all industries to network. Representatives are in attendance at the Board of Supervisors meetings as well as local City Council meetings keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry in Sonoma County, so together we can be informed and active in the formation of fair legislation.

Posted by SCGAlliance on 03/03/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 10, 2016

Dear Bohemian,
Thank you for last week's article on the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The ongoing struggles and successes of the indigneous peoples of America are important and I'm hoping you'll consider making this type of coverage a monthly feature. A lot of Americans seem very concerned about the suffering of oppressed peoples on continents halfway across the globe... and yet these same passionate folks seem quite ignorant of the genocide and oppression that continue right here, today. Articles like the one you cared enough to publish can shine a beam of light on an area of American culture that cruelly stays hidden, far too often. My hope is that with more frequent coverage, we all can bring our awareness and compassion to those right here at home who have suffered for too long and help empower them to thrive again.

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Posted by JeJo on 02/16/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Greetings....I understand that the Bohemian likes to put forward the art, poetry and writing of local North Bay folks. I would like to submit my recent book of poetry for your consideration: SNAPSHOTS: Mono no Aware here: http://www.amazon.com/Snapshots-Mono-Aware-Michael-Browne/dp/1517224853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455231292&sr=8-1&keywords=Snapshots+%3A+Mono+no+Aware

Michael Browne 6611 1st St. Forestville CA 95436 karmanot@gmail(dot) com

Posted by Adgita Diarie on 02/11/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 20, 2016

Thank you for publishing these excellent Letters challenging the claim that "chicken" is better for the environment than "beef." For the reasons the writers give - environmental and ethical - the truest friend of the environment will switch to delicious, nutritious animal-free food and make the slaughterhouse and all the miserable apparatus of animal production relics of the past. Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns

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Posted by Karen Davis on 01/22/2016 at 4:04 AM

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