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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 25 - 28


Maybe this’ll light a fire under ‘em!

EDITOR: I hope people planning end-of-summer barbecues on charcoal grills will stay away from lighter fluid.

Using charcoal chimney starters instead will cut down on pollutants in the air.

Personally, I feel a headache as soon as I get a whiff of lighter fluid being used.

DL Warshaw

Sonoma

Basket of deplorables spills over

EDITOR: Why the outrage now? Why not when women’s genitals were being grabbed?

Why not when all Muslims were terrorists? Why not when all immigrants were criminals? Why, because finally a line was crossed. Even those who believe there is some sort of ranking or superiority that gives them rights they can deny to others were shamed by the words of Donald Trump. When he gave his stamp of approval to the KKK, white supremacists and Nazis – something changed. These same people, who want to trample all over the rights of those who are not like them, suddenly were grouped with the originators of the Holocaust and lynching of black Americans. The marginalization of women, people of color, religions or sexual orientation we do not understand and immigrants and refugees is wrong and if supported by a government in power can be deadly, but the connection was not made. Finally the line was crossed, saying some white supremacists are good people. Even those that hate or look down on everyone who is not like them do not want to be grouped with Nazis and the KKK.

Josette Brose-Eichar

Boyes Hot Springs

What if they staged a hate march and no one came?

EDITOR: What if the next time the white nationalists and the KKK and other haters come to town we simply ignore them?

As a different form of protest, no one shows up to march against them, but rather let them march down the street ignored.

They will feel impotent and take their hate elsewhere.

If this happened in city after city they will lose their power.

We would need no police power and no one would be hurt. The press would report that once again a hate group held a march, but no one came.

They lose their power.

Hope Nisson

Sonoma

Academics not implicit

EDITOR: In attending the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board meeting last Monday morning we heard from the Board members a great deal of interest and energy in support of spending that benefits football players and soccer players (“SVUSD Plans Bigger Than Budget,” Aug. 14). I am struck by the consistent absence of discussion about spending that directly benefits future engineers, scientists, economists, physicians, first rate administrators, managers... and citizens capable of critical thinking.

The response to this concern was that the importance of academics “was a given”; summarily dismissed as implicit.

I feel that in the eagerness to build conspicuous edifices for sports and recreation the focus on education is not implicit, but is actually displaced, if not discounted.

The subordination of attention on academics reflects a complacency about the quality of instruction and the physical resources that support it. The environment in which instruction takes place matters: it has profound impacts on the appeal and effectiveness of academics to our children.

The spending of bond money and its results for the school environment will send an important signal to our children about the relative value of intellectual, professional and vocational life versus recreational and social culture.

Drew Griffin Levy

Sonoma Valley