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Support for riparian ordinance

At a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 24, I’ll be asking the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to stand up for the Russian River and our county’s important streams and creeks. The supervisors will vote on a long overdue riparian ordinance that will define what and how activities are allowed within 200 feet of a river, creek or stream.

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‘Tommy’ is the best

The production of “Tommy” at The Community Center’s Andrews Hall is superb. We saw it and went back the following night. Sonoma Theater Alliance is to be congratulated for bringing such a high quality production.

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Solve water issues before new projects are OK’d

I have been following the back and forth planning and the attendant revisions on the proposed Broadway at MacArthur, 20 three-level townhouses and an 8,750 square foot, three-story marketplace, with seven upstairs apartments for rental. Some planning commissioners felt that aspects of the proposed development were “too tall and linear.”

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Soroptimists thank Valley for support

Soroptimist International Sonoma Valley will soon be celebrating its 55-year anniversary in the Valley of the Moon., supporting our international motto, “Best for Women.”

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What is a culinary promenade?

Your story on the front page Friday announced that the developers of the old auto dealer property at the corner of Broadway and MacArthur Street are dropping their plans for a hotel in favor of more housing is good news. There is a rental housing shortage in Sonoma Valley and that is a good location for adding some.

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Linus Maurer on YouTube

I read your excellent article about Linus Maurer in Friday’s IT. Here’s an added piece of information that I think is relevant. Linus has a video documentary on YouTube.

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Safety concern on West Napa at First

If the City wants to make some easy money, it should station a traffic cop near the corner of West Napa and First Street West. The officer could write tickets all day long to the number of drivers who violate the “Right Turn Only” sign.

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I was glad to read that “improving “ the 121/116 intersection is years off. The more we accommodate people who are driving through Sonoma and its southernmost roads, the more they will use the throughways. If we make it easier for people to drive through, we simply get more people driving through.

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Who’s in the basement now?

A letter to the I-T editor on March 5, 2013 titled “Tea Partiers Move Back to Parents’ Basements” recited the usual liberal harangue and concluded:

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Never ship animals like luggage

The reported disappearance of a dog named Ty at the Los Angeles International Airport after he was checked with the baggage is a reminder of why we should never ship our animal companions like luggage.

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I don’t need convincing

Your news story about Sonoma County postponing its proposed quarter-cent sales tax for road repairs made me laugh.

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Don’t send troops to war

Here it is Veteran’s Day and I’m trying to wrap my arms and my heart around the idea of supporting our troops.

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Join Friends of Library

The Sonoma Valley Library’s Nov. 1, 2014 celebration of the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos 2014 was delightful.

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Worst noise pollution since Rush Limbaugh

Yes, please! Pass a leaf blower ban. I cannot agree more with the letter in your Friday issue asking the Sonoma City Council to reconsider a ban on leaf blowers in the city.

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Panetta’s yes and no to torture

So, former CIA director Leon Panetta, says “yes” and “no” to torture. A position even an accomplished yogi would find difficult: keeping one’s head within inches of one’s rear while still standing.

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Proud to be independent

Again, good having you back on the editorial desk! I agree, the majority of the time, with your editorials – no doubt this is because we are both native born Sonomans and are rooted.

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Two sides to every story

While I have not always agreed with some of the decisions made by the hospital’s management and/or board, I must say I was shocked by the Valley Forum column describing fear mongering at the hospital.

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No one works harder than Edwards

I’ve known Gary Edwards for the past 20 years. No one has worked harder for the city and Valley residents to improve the quality of life for us all.

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Clean Energy should clean up its act

This is a response to Joanna Ramey, Customer Service Director for the County Clean power program. When I called to opt out, I asked the customer service representative (Rich), if there would be additional notices sent to all PGE customers. He informed me the advertising-looking notice is all I would receive.

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Nonprofits easy targets for fraud

After reading about the arrest of the former finance director of the Sonoma Valley Boys and Girls Club for embezzlement in the paper today, I recalled this happened to the club before. According to the archives of the Index-Tribune, in 1998, $100,000 was embezzled from the club.

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Party of the people

Voters who won’t vote Democratic because they dislike or are disappointed in President Obama, are like those folks who cut off their nose to spite their face.

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What Capt. Kirk would say

$15 an hour is not rational, Phineas Worthington says. He reminds me of a cold Spock or Data on Star Trek: “… but that is not logical”… “I am not programmed to feel emotion…”. This appeal to pure reason is laughable, on Star Trek and in the I-T; it’s obviously such a limited frame.