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Letters to the Editor, April 3 - 5

Is Sonoma a

no-horse town?

EDITOR: I read in the paper that the Castagnasso Clydesdale horse farm was up for sale (“Downtown Clydesdale Farm on Sale for $7.6M,” March 16).

When my teacher showed my class, we were all appalled. I also read a letter to the Sonoma Index-Tribune from Doreen Proctor, and she has stated, “How many towns have a horse farm in the middle?”

Personally, I have been there with my friend, Kennedy Falcon, and it was

absolutely amazing! Whenever I would pass the farm on my way to school, I used to think it was just a regular old horse farm. But, once I went there, all my old thoughts and feelings for it were immediately washed away. It is not just a regular old horse farm! It is one of the most wonderful attractions in our city of Sonoma. I am so blessed to live in this town.

A town with a horse farm. Right. In. The. Middle.

Alegria G. Silvi

Sonoma

Loaded for bear

The proposed remodel and reuse of the Sonoma Cheese Factory naturally has some opposition from the usual parties and for the usual reasons, some of which in my opinion are legitimate.

Now there is a new opposition party – the California State Parks folks who manage the Casa Grande interpretive space next to the Cheese Factory. The State Parks staff have put forward several objections to the project, most of whom are to protect the fragility of the ancient Servants’ Quarters, the sole remaining part of Vallejo’s Casa Grande complex. These objections, of course, are quite reasonable.

One of State Parks’ objection, however, is an objection too far – they want the image of the California Grizzly Bear, which is proposed for the east facade of the new Cheese Factory, to be removed. The image is very tastefully designed and is actually behind a proposed screed so that the image is muted in appearance.

I think this is an outrageous demand by State Parks in so far as their own images on the north wall behind the Casa Grande site are fanciful, frivolous and really add nothing to the interpretation of the Casa Grande “interpretive” site.

The California Grizzly Bear, however, is a symbol of Sonoma, maybe the symbol of Sonoma – and with apologies to Gen. Vallejo on the bench! The image originated here when the Bear Flaggers painted this symbol of their flag that was raised on June 14, 1846, not far from the site of the present Cheese Factory. This symbol was adopted when the California Legislature finally approved an official California flag on Feb. 3, 1911.

The California Grizzly Bear is the most widely recognized symbol of both California and Sonoma and is even on Sonoma’s relatively new street signs.

I urge the Planning Commission not to uphold this particular objection by State Parks in any approval of this project as there is no valid reason to remove this treasured symbol.

Robert Demler

Sonoma

Where were

Sonoma teens?

EDITOR: Last week’s gun control rally in the square was a terrific experience. Similar and more populated rallies were all across the USA. This movement was put together by high school students who acquitted themselves in heroic, elegant, well-read and heartfelt fashion. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of students nation-wide participated.

Writer E.J Dionne closed his column last week this way: “On a crisp and beautiful spring day we witnessed a new dawn in the struggle to end gun violence.” That may be true, only time will tell. This was a students’ rally by any measure.

If I were a teacher at Sonoma High I would have given any student who had partaken, extra-credit just for being there. Where were they in Sonoma? I saw only a few. How could they have missed the message?

Edward Dillon

Sonoma