Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5 - 7

President No. 25 protected millions of acres of majestic national lands; No. 45... er, not so much, says letter writer.


Beware of man bearing orange juice

EDITOR: America is sexually repressed, that’s why people are acting out. Now if we are going to crucify men for being pigs lets discuss the dysfunction of American society that has led to the current malaise. Men have their choice between Madonnas, frumps and whores. Socioeconomic considerations are intertwined with the requirement that couples breed taxpayers. Most women are so oppressed that they can’t have sex unless they are married or drunk out of their minds.

So you escort them through rehab and/or a bad marriage. There are women that are self-actualized to the point that they ask for it. If you’re old enough to ask for it. Men should be mature enough to tell them no. Pleased to have tea on Sunday, crumps and bangers. Wednesday afternoons before 3, call me.

Manifest obscenity, go west young man. Oh my God, just when you think it can’t get any worse. Somehow they pull a rabbit out of their hat. If they can’t find a rabbit, they pull a monkey out of somewhere. So, here is the challenge my psychiatrist gave to me: “You have to learn to seduce a woman with a glass of orange juice.” You are not allowed to poach divorcees. You both have to be present. You both have to be sober. I think the real skill is to be a good listener. People give you all sorts of clues. It is best to go skiing with someone who likes to ski. Tantric sex, there are some wonderful books, encourage others to read.

So, how about curling: Canada vs. Switzerland. Women’s curling, check out the champions, gliding across the ice. I love Canadians, they are so kind. The mindfulness in their facial expressions. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. The man is elegant. Just has a polish to him that Donald and Vladimir lack. Take care and be well.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

Teddy not Trumpy!

EDITOR: When Donald Trump was elected president, sportsmen had high hopes that the president and his cabinet would commit to, in President Trump’s words, “honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.” As our 26th president, Roosevelt worked tirelessly to stop special interests from developing and privatizing our public lands and waters, conserving more than 230 million acres by establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments.

Sportsmen have applauded the administration for some Roosevelt-like actions, such as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to expand hunting and fishing on 10 national wildlife refuges and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s calling on Congress to create a permanent solution to the practice of “fire borrowing.”

Yet we will continue to hold administration officials accountable for pursuing the rollback of conservation protections on millions of acres of national monuments, scrapping collaborative habitat management plans for sage grouse, and not fighting administration proposals to cut popular public access programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These actions threaten to undermine Roosevelt’s legacy, and I join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in urging the Trump administration to do the right thing and stand up for our public lands.

Chris Rose


PG&E withholding cause of fire?

EDITOR: This Thanksgiving I had much to be thankful for — my home and I survived the firestorm that raged through Sonoma County from Oct. 8 for more than a week. People suffered heartbreaking devastation when family members, friends, pets and livestock died during the firestorm and over 5,000 people lost homes, businesses, and other structures.

Despite the power being out at my home for over a week, my losses were minimal — some ash and smoke problems at my home and loss of food. I’m forever grateful to the firefighters and many other staff and volunteers, as well as friends, family, and Ramekins staff and volunteers who provided access to electricity, meals and temporary housing.

I filed a claim for less than $200 with PG&E because I threw out food from my refrigerator that would have become moldy had it remained for eight days. The form asked for witnesses to the incident, thus I listed the Sonoma County Sheriff, Cal Fire, and Sonoma Fire Department, as well as PG&E employees.

On Nov. 24, I received an undated letter from PG&E stating they received my claim (for damaged food) and, “The investigation into the cause or causes of these fires is ongoing. Once the origin or origins of the fires has been determined, we will respond substantively to your claim. In the interim, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your claim, please do not hesitate to contact PG&E’s claims team at (415) 973-4548.” They included a website of resources:

Within that website is a link to and PG&E Fire Incident Reports. Several of the redacted “Electric Safety Incident Reports” involve Napa and Sonoma counties on Oct. 8 and 9. This website also includes letters between PG&E and the CPUC concerning the fires and reports.

The CPUC stated in a Oct. 27 letter to Meredith E. Allen, senior director of regulatory relations at PG&E, that, “At present, the public interest that would be served by the disclosure of the specific location information for which PG&E requests confidential treatment is clearly outweighed by the public interest that would be served by withholding such information for the period of time needed to ensure that Cal Fire and others have an opportunity to complete the collection of evidence and information regarding the incidents without the potential that such processes could be impeded by the actions of others at the specific incident locations.”

I also believe that everyone in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and everywhere else has a right to know what caused the devastation. Hopefully, Cal Fire and other agencies complete their investigations soon.

Sherry Smith

Glen Ellen