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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 15 - 17

The grand illusion

The grand sense of entitlement is for everybody. Yes, indeed, I have mine and you have yours. It’s not just for the educated or financially privileged. That’s right, everybody seems to have it. When it comes to sharing a common space or using the crosswalk. Waiting in line at the bank or going shopping. We as Americans have a grand sense of entitlement.

Food, light, electricity, cars, gas, careers, homes, water entertainment, medicine, clothes, heat, air conditioning, paper towels, contraception, vacations, we want and we need. When I’m all done, and for an instant, the world holds still. I can always think of something else. We have created a world where there is always something we have to go get, or that needs to be done. It is not either/or, it is both/and. And when do we want it?

Now, in my spare time, and with my extra money, and what shred of a mind I have left. May I please have the duck pate, with the cinnamon port jelly, crostinis, two kinds of oysters, the ahi salad, the Schramsberg blancs de noir brut, and a $10 billion view. And for dessert, I want a beautiful woman, who can hold her liquor and laugh at my jokes.

OK, one or the other, not leaving much of choice here. I’ll go with laugh at my jokes.

I have tried to find a woman who can do both.

For the most party they seem to feel I’m asking too much. One or the other, both is unreasonable. The generosity of women never ceases to amaze me. Even if at times I come off as being inelegant. They seem to think I have a grand sense of entitlement.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

Deserved recognition

EDITOR: I am so appreciative for the spotlight focused on Lisa Hardy (“Lisa Hardy’s Fiery Passion,” Aug. 4), resident of the lovely town of Glen Ellen.

My thanks to columnist BJ Blanchard for the wonderful, inspiring story of one of my personal favorite volunteer firefighters from the Glen Ellen Fire Department.

As a former member of the GEFD family by proxy, it gives me a big smile to see this young lady getting the recognition she has earned.

Theresa M. Schulz

Santa Rosa

Helpful parade suggestions

EDITOR: Thank you very much to the volunteer firefighters association for its efforts putting on our town parade/fireworks!

I have some suggestions for improving the parade experience for all:

• Increase the parade length! Perhaps from the high school up to the Veterans Building; or, visa versa. Highway 12 traffic could be temporarily routed across Leveroni and up Fifth Street West. This could temporarily end the ever-increasing selfish nature of those who commandeer more space than is needed with tents that cover two sometimes four times the amount of space required for chairs typically situated underneath “their space.” (“Their space”? Really? It’s not their space! The space belongs to all of us!)

• If Caltrans will not cooperate with a longer route: ban/tow all Plaza parking after 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. on parade day. If you don’t already know, the posted barricade rules aren’t effective solutions to this growing problem! People park cars on the Plaza overnight; and then erect space-hogging tents in their stead the next morning. Ban all shade structures (the parade duration isn’t long enough to worry about serious sun burn. Attendees could wear a hat!) Ban all business/corporate conglomerations of chairs. I’ve witnessed many organizations seeking to attract/favor patrons (e.g. real estate firms, banks, etc.) by “pre-reserving” large areas of frequently unused chairs. Confiscate property and levy property bail fines on violators.

* For improving the fireworks experience for all: Ask the Town Band to play patriotic selections for 30 minutes before hand. Ban sale of glow sticks or other trinkets. The chemical inside the glow sticks leaks out and according to brief research may be harmful to wildlife. Publicize rules about litter and make poster-children out of knuckleheads who leave bottles/cans/wrappers behind by citing/fining them $3,000.

Phil Driver

Sonoma