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Letters to the Editor, April 6 - 9

The lion’s den

EDITOR: The October fires destroyed the homes of so many individuals including our local wildlife. A few of Sonoma County’s mountain lions were captured during the fire and nurtured back to health. The wildlife rescues try to release all wildlife back into their environment. Unfortunately some animals will not be returning back to their homes.

A mountain lion in Ventura County during the fires was taken in for care. The veterinarians used sterilized tilapia skin to heal the burns on the animal’s paws. Charmander will be kept in a safely secured shelter with endless food and water, located in Petaluma. He can get visits on Saturdays now and there was a fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma on March 26 to donate to his care.

Some animals will be released back into our environment but where? There aren’t any reports of mountain lions released from fire care. Releasing large animals into different areas can affect the environmental harmony which forces migration of wildlife into residential neighborhoods. This can be dangerous.

I believe we should keep our mountains full of wildlife. The community will be making sure Charmander lives comfortably and I hope the same is done for all local wildlife. What we can do as a community is plant more plants and create quicker brush homes for our animals, keep our creeks clean, hills intact and possibly do a community care day to get people involved and make them aware of how to help. This will keep the animals in their natural habitat and out of harms way while educating the locals on the importance of our entire ecosystem.

Taylor Jennae

Sonoma

Caller ID

EDITOR: Unfair! Caymus Capital has never been involved in any effort to reach you anonymously, or pump you for information about the Planning Commission. Your editorial about an anonymous call from a 310 Los Angeles area code (“Phone Calls from the Edge,” April 3), was intentionally written to leave readers to wonder if we are somehow involved with that call, that is misleading. You made no effort to even ask us. We are front and center in dealing with the politicizing of the Planning Commission in Sonoma. I

ndeed we have suffered through it with dugout seats. There is nothing you’d know that we aren’t already painfully aware of. What you left out of your editorial is that there are multiple developers that are proposing or considering proposing projects in Sonoma that would be interested in why we had such a difficult time with the FSE Housing & Mixed Use Project.

Most if not all are outside of Sonoma and I understand at least one from Los Angeles. Not noting this in your editorial was unfair. This continues to be a pattern of reporting in an effort to demonize us by the Index Tribune. It may sell newspapers but it does not help get homes built in this dire housing situation. I just ask that you consider your paper’s role in continuing to feed the divide between those that want to protect their turf, and those who are just trying to get housing built. Perhaps you can consider trying to bridge the gap instead: you have the pen, the ink and the paper to help the cause if you wish.

Ed Routhier

Sonoma

Editor’s Note: Thanks for writing Ed. Nowhere in the piece does it suggest the anonymous caller who referred to a previous story about Caymus, has any connection to Caymus; rather it more suggests the opposite. That said, thanks for submitting this letter to further drive home the point that no one from Caymus has made anonymous calls to the I-T.