They drive by night
EDITOR: Thank you for the recent article regarding our new street lighting (“New Street Lamps in the Spotlight,” Aug. 1).
The new street lights are very unhealthy and have a profoundly negative (though surreptitious) impact on our quality of life.
I contacted PG&E asking about the AMA guideline and got a long-winded response that white-washed the problem.
I understand and support the intention, but we have made a poor choice. There are better alternatives that achieve similar benefits without degrading community health. How do we get rid of these and get the amber lights they have in that Florida town of Lake Worth you mention at the end of the article?
I believe we are underestimating the effect these lights have on community health and well-being.
Tasting room glut hard to swallow
EDITOR: The news that Healdsburg will be restricting the number of wine tasting rooms is now widespread. Healdsburg has the will and the ability to do so. From reading the I-T (“No Simple Fix for Tasting Room Glut,” June 20), it seems that Sonomans have the will (except for the City Council perhaps), but not the ability. Why is that?
Wheezy, feeling the vape-ban squeezy
EDITOR: In a recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), certain vapor product compliance deadlines will be extended to 2022. Although this appears to be a victory for the vape industry, it is not the end of the uphill vape ban battle.
The good news is that Congress is still currently considering H.R. 1136, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017. This law would provide sensible regulations that allow a better FDA approval process for existing and future products.
This issue is important to me because vaping has allowed me to kick a 40-year-old habit of mine that was literally killing me. Now that cigarettes are finally out of my life, I feel better -- no coughing, hacking or wheezing. I know for a fact that if I could no longer access vape products, I’d end up smoking cigarettes again. I need vaping and together we need to stop the vape ban.
I strongly urge you to reach out to your Members of Congress asking them to support sensible legislation to stop the FDA’s overreach and preserve vaping products.
The lucky ‘landing place’
EDITOR: Thank you Bill Lynch for your musings on being a Transcendence Theatre “stage parent” (“Confessions of a Newfound Stage Parent,” Aug. 11). We share your sentiments and encourage anyone who has housing available to volunteer to house these young artists. We have housed more than 20 artists over the past few years, many several times, and have bene enriched by their talent, energy and dedication to their profession. To the person, they have been grateful, respectful and pleased to have the opportunity to be away from NYC and Los Angeles and enjoy this beautiful Valley. We are graced by their talent, their personal stories and their extended families. It is a special experience to attend a TTC show in the magical venue of Jack London State Historic Park and to appreciate the commitment that TTC brings to this community in so many ways. Thank you Amy, Brad and Stephen for making it all happen. Thank you to all of the staff, performers, volunteers and donors. We are indeed fortunate to be your “landing place.”