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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15 - 18


They’re developers, not city beauticians!

EDITOR: We live right around the corner on Bettencourt so we went to the meeting last week (“Broadway Craftsman Project Gets Hammered,” Sept. 8.” It is truly shocking how many obviously educated adults seem to forget that these people are trying to develop this eyesore to make money. They are not proposing this development as a charity effort to beautify Sonoma. Yes, community input is helpful in the end for many reasons, but the implication that nothing in the design has, or will be, vetted is laughable. We live in Sonoma where if you want to change out a cabinet in your kitchen you probably need five permits! The building codes, zoning codes, etc., have been set by California, Sonoma County, and the City of Sonoma. If they meet all these requirements I feel they should have every right to build their project. I don’t understand how my “ascetic sensibilities or preferences” should have any bearing on their right to buy and construct this property. You can’t make everyone happy.

Josh Yenne

Sonoma

Psycho-babble

EDITOR: People walk up to me and ask why I don’t write more. They say, “Hey man, put up your mind out on a page so I can sponge on it.” Well, my absorbent friends, sometimes I write and sometimes I don’t. I do send letters to the editor. Some are worth printing and some aren’t. The editor probably has a file full of letters enshrined under the title “Psycho-babble.” I write in the stream of consciousness. Depending on what I’m conscious of the letter is more or less interesting. If nothing else is provocative, dare say noteworthy.

Sometimes, more often than not, we prefer to read something that makes us laugh. When I go to see a movie if I get one good laugh out of it that’s worth the price of omission. The price of admission, but the time you pay for your ticket, candy, popcorn and a drink you are ready for a movie. Twenty bucks used to pay for you, your date and a pizza. In the words of my Grandmother: “I guess you live until you die.”

I encourage you all to write your editor. Do not be concerned with the quality of your diction or content. Miss use words, misspell words, write a sentence without a verb. Put the period on the outside of the quotation marks. Say something completely wrong. Toss in your favorite colloquialism. We are after the flavor not the nutritional value. Continuing with the culinary metaphor: yes, you can make it chewy. Do the fine grind. Put the windrow going the wrong direction so the hay gets blown all over the page. That way your reader will have to think, “What’s he saying?” Bale it from the other direction after it dries. We encourage thinking, engage your reader. Have you ever been on a farm? Talk to a farmer, their speach is practical, as is their relationship with nature.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing Eric! I, too, echo your urging that Sonomans throw caution to the wind and compose letters to the editor. However, I caution them to heed your advice about adopting a laisse faire attitude about spelling and punctuation. Not only does it cause more work for our crackerjack team of proofreaders -- brief pause for sarcastic comments – but could leave the writer with a reputation for illiteracy among the general readership. As to the several English-language faux pas in your letter, Eric, I’m assuming they’re intentional and so left them in to allow your point. If they weren’t, well… I’m sure your reputation precedes you. – J.W.

‘Fitness and well being facility’ is not a stadium...

EDITOR: This is an urgent request to the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of

Trustees to reconsider its allocation of funds from the Measure E facility bond issue. It is ridiculous to allocate such a high percentage of funding to install a new football stadium and other athletic facilities at the expense of academic facility needs. The facility is not a “fitness and well-being fields” as the board is trying to describe. A “fitness and well-being field” would not need grandstands for between 1,500 to 2,500 spectators nor lights. It is a football stadium in an era of declining football participation. There has been a 30 percent drop in participation in youth football between 2008 and 2013 according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. In California, 28 high schools have dropped their football program the past five years.

Football programs are on the decrease because of high risk of injury due to concussions and other injuries as well as the high cost. A recent example of the danger occurred a recent Friday in Santa Rosa at a football game at Cardinal Newman. There is a young man in a medically induced coma at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital due to his injuries to his head. There are also increased head injuries and concussion risks for soccer as well.

We would like to see the School Board be responsible for providing facilities to increase the brain power of its students rather than providing facilities that cause head injuries. Science, library, and performing art facilities are in need and would be a vastly superior choice compared to a football field.

We voted for Measure E for school facilities because we have always supported education despite the fact that our children are grown and have moved on. If it were your intention all along to allocate $32 million of the $120 million Bond funding to athletic facilities, we feel like you used “bait and switch” tactics due to very deceptive and misleading ballot wording and advertising. We assume that you have done this as well by calling the stadium a “fitness and well-being field” instead of a football field. Despite the fact that we have raised this question in many letters to the Board, and in many letters to the editor, neither the Board nor the administration has responded. We believe the best solution for you is to honor what was promised in the campaign and then put another initiative on the ballot for athletic fields for the general public to vote on. Please reconsider your priorities. It is a decision you need to live with and be responsible for.

Kevin R. and Kay M.Austin

Sonoma