‘Women do more than their share’

EDITOR: I wonder if the Sonoma Planning Commission would have enough members if not for an apparently anti-female application process. Whoever told current Councilmember Amy Harrington, when she applied to be on the Planning Commission, “Women don’t apply for the Planning Commission because there’s lots of reading. Women like to be on Design Review … because Planning Commission is hard,” needs to be sent to the White House where that kind of sexist attitude might be appreciated. Around here, when there’s hard work to be done, women do more than their share. And they can read, too!

Roger Hamlyn

Boyes Hot Springs

‘Nuclear’ analogy off target

EDITOR: Let’s not trivialize the horrendous impact of nuclear weapons by calling the GOP’s Senate voting rule the “nuclear option”!

It is disgraceful to change the Senate rule, but the term being bandied about is also very upsetting — and dangerous for our democracy.

Doesn’t anyone ever think about the devastation and suffering caused by the A-bombs dropped on Japan nearly 72 years ago? I’ve seen the graphic Hiroshima Peace Museum exhibits.

I fear we are edging closer and closer to using these awful weapons of mass destruction (in “new-and-improved” small sizes). If you think poison gas bombs are devastating for Syrian citizens, just wait ...

Lynne Joiner


‘ER plays a vital role’

EDITOR: As a 38-year resident of Sonoma Valley, a former emergency room registered nurse, and founder of a local nonprofit, I know how important Sonoma Valley Hospital is to our community’s livelihood. I also know how important it is to have an ER close by. The driving time to get a loved one to a hospital in Napa or Santa Rosa in a dire emergency is inconceivable, and could be the difference between life and death.

I have been fortunate in that my infrequent trips to the local ER with family members have not been dire emergencies… at least not yet. But I know many people who have, and our community ER made all the difference at a time when they needed immediate treatment to survive.

Our ER plays a vital role in the health and well-being of our community members, and as far as I am concerned, there is nothing more important than that. Supporting Measure E on the June ballot assures us of keeping this “luxury” local.

We never know when an emergency may affect us or someone we care about. What we do know is that we can count on our community hospital to be there for us when we need it the most. Without Measure E, the future of our hospital will enter the unknown, and as a community that cares, we cannot let that happen.

Please join me in voting “yes” on Measure E in June! It may just be the one vote that saves your life… or mine!

Kathy Witkowicki