Saturday Letters to the Editor


Clear streams for more safety

EDITOR: We are seeing unprecedented fires in California and flooding across our country. While we would love to have heavy rains, we in Sonoma County have neglected our creek beds for years. Unattended plant and brush growth year after year blocks the pathways of winter rains. This will cause flooding on our streets and for businesses and homes along the streams.

Most citizens do not understand that fire spreads in the bed of streams. A trail of moving sparks can burn businesses and homes. Santa Rosa has over 160 kilometers of creek beds, and Sonoma County has hundreds of growing creek beds and water channels.

There is an urgent need for service clubs, scouts and concerned citizens to bring their energy to the streams. We understand that there is a stewardship program in Santa Rosa, but it is not working due to COVID. I suggest we activate lots of masked teams with tools and trash bags to get this complete quickly.


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Selective memory

EDITOR: George F. Will says “America has no problem facing its past.” But its historical memory is selective. He focuses on America’s atonement for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, which he claims to be a “rock” in a “mountain of evidence” to support his claim. .

Unlike Will, I am a historian. If I had the space, I could present a mountain of evidence that contradicts his claim. He ignored two of the “most ugly facts” of America’s past: the slavery and continued oppression of black Americans after slavery ended, and the genocide against Indigenous peoples.

If America has no problem facing its past, how does it account for white outrage against Critical Race Theory and Project 1619? Or the number of Republican-controlled state legislatures that ban (that is, censor) all education about race in public schools? If you don’t talk about race, you can’t teach American history. But that’s the point. These people want to suppress the story to avoid having to face “bad facts”.

I hope that one day this country will honestly face all of its past and work to atone for it. Not just a search for the soul, but a real change of heart.



Tips for Newsom

EDITOR: Gov. Gavin Newsom may have survived the recall vote, but if he thinks it was a blanket confidence vote, he needs to think again. He has performed poorly on many state matters, treated personal matters differently than he married, and continues to show that while he and Ronald Reagan may follow the same hair doctrine, Reagan has portrayed himself as a man. ordinary while Newsom is anything but. Maybe, as CW Nevius pointed out, Newsom should act real and mess around, just a little every now and then (“Experts Ask Wrong Question on Recall,” Sept. 5).



A potential respite

EDITOR: On September 4, you published an article about disappearance respites – the places to go to enjoy nature. I read it bitterly as my husband and I, who live in northeast Santa Rosa, hike over 5 miles each morning to walk to Spring Lake Regional Park. It is serene and restorative. We can’t wait to see deer, the occasional coyote (from a distance), jack rabbits, lots of quail, and birds of all kinds. We chat with other walkers and we made lots of new friends.

Why, many of us wonder, can’t the old hospital grounds on Chanate Road become a place to walk, picnic, cycle safely, a playground for children. children, even a place to ride a horse? There is plenty of room for a nice campsite. Why not do that instead of auctioning it off to a developer who will add more traffic to an already busy two-lane road?

We know why. We attended two meetings when the supervisory board wanted to sell the property for a nice sum to such a developer. A supervisor who witnessed the huge pushback from neighbors called us NIMBY.

Since money speaks much louder than the voters one is elected to represent, I expect no one who can do the right thing will do it.


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Holiday rents

EDITOR: The arrogant Pacaso executives made a big mistake trying to make their way through Napa and Sonoma counties. They think they can buy homes in quiet residential neighborhoods without pushback from those who live there. They don’t realize that residents won’t tolerate the unregulated proliferation of commercial vacation homes.

Pacaso is buying houses on the sly, hoping the neighbors will not have time to organize the opposition. But owners have started posting “red alerts” as soon as they find out what’s going on. Soon the anti-Pacaso signs scalloped houses and lawns, making it difficult for realtors to show these properties. Either way, most realtors don’t want anything to do with this outfit – even though Pacaso tells them it’s going to be the easiest money they’ll make all year. And few buyers want to vacation in a home surrounded by resentful neighbors.

Meanwhile, billionaire bullies believe they can counter the onslaught of negative public relations by donating token amounts for affordable housing. Will $ 100,000 compensate for homes that are no longer available to local families?

Opponents of Pacaso have been inspired by the remarkable outpouring of support in the struggle to preserve our sense of community.



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