Letters to the Editor, Feb. 14 - 16

Bite worse than bark

EDITOR: About two weeks ago, I was coming out of a local hardware store with my little dog to go home. I am an 80-year-old senior with disabilities parked in the handicap parking. I set my dog down by my car as I prepared to open the door and put him in his car seat. Before I could even get the door open a pit bull dog was on my dog; I fell to the ground. I screamed for the owner to please get her dog (he was not on a leash). The owner stated her dog just wanted to play. I was scared and frantic that her dog would kill my dog. A bystander helped me up from my fall and secured my dog and checked for injuries… (he seemed OK). When I got home I looked at my dog’s under-side because I had blood all over the front of my sweater. There was a huge gash on his tummy that I knew would require stitches.

I took my dog to the vet and the doctor took him immediately into surgery. The bite turned out to need many stitches. I was not thinking at the time of the accident and did not get the information I needed from the pit bull’s owner. Most importantly – did the pit bull have current rabies and vaccine? Needless to say, I would appreciate the owner of the pit bull to get in touch with me as soon as possible. I also feel it is the owner’s responsibility to help pay for the vet bill.

Anne Marie Merry


Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Anne Marie. If the owner of the alleged pit-petrator would like to get in contact with Anne Marie, contact me at jason.walsh@sonomanews.com. I can help put her in touch.

Water over the dam

EDITOR: In response to the letter about storing more water in Lake Sonoma (“The Drop That Makes the Vase Overflow,” Feb. 3) I would like to concur that we must do everything we can to save as much water in Lake Sonoma. 

Our water supply system is extremely diverse. Lake Sonoma is completely different than Lake Mendocino in all of its characteristics, including its capacity, management and overall function. Lake Sonoma is our largest reservoir in the Russian River water supply system, capable of holding three years’ worth of water supply for our customers. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages flood control releases based on a flood control manual, which was written to protect our communities from flooding and protect the dam from failing. Saying that, the Corps is making cautious releases for both these reasons. The Water Agency is not seeking adjustments to releases from Lake Sonoma at this moment because even during the worst drought conditions we faced over the past three years, Lake Sonoma held a sufficient amount of water for our community. The Corps must also ensure there is enough space in the reservoir for future flood control purposes. Releasing water at the rates you spoke of in your letter is exactly what needs to happen to make enough space available in the reservoir. The Water Agency does ensure as much water as possible can be held behind the dams, however, we can’t do so at the risk of dam failure or flooding. That is why we are investing in new advanced weather forecasting technologies to help better guide water managers when making reservoir releases – including new radar units that accurately capture atmospheric river events and rainfall. Visit sonomacountywater.org. 

Susan Gorin

First District Supervisor

But will the ‘I-T’ endorse?

EDITOR: In a last-ditch effort to combat the excessive number of ballot measures intended to deplete the savings of Sonoma residents, the Committee To Support David E. Wildmon In The Manner In Which He Would Like To Become Accustomed (the Committee) is preparing to seek a $50 per year parcel tax measure for consideration on a future ballot. Measure F-U will raise $770,000 annually over the next 10 years. Proceeds will be used to support the Wildmon lifestyle at a level that is currently not attainable and cannot be sustained long-term using existing income streams. Rather than reducing expenses through efficiency and elimination of unnecessary or wasted actions/purchases or other cost-cutting measures, Mr. Wildmon has deemed it best to follow examples set by schools, fire districts, library districts, healthcare districts, water districts and others by asking Sonoma voters to support his planned exorbitant lifestyle.

Sonoma voters need not be concerned about how the funds are to be allocated. As a one-man committee, Mr. Wildmon has promised to publish an annual report of where every penny of money raised through Measure F-U is spent. Anticipated expenses may include but are not limited to: Lavish world-wide vacations; supporting local restaurants by eating out 4 to 6 nights per week; new cars and boats; wild parties.

Mr. Wildmon remarked, “Recent new and proposed parcel taxes impact the personal income of many Sonoma residents; my family is suffering as much as is the Healthcare District. This parcel tax will not only help keep up with other taxes recently imposed, but will also allow my family to avoid the need for future cost-cutting.”

The Committee believes that Sonoma residents should enthusiastically support Measure F-U. If not, then the Committee respectfully requests that residents defeat Measure B. Our position is: No new taxes until it can be demonstrated that waste has been eliminated and other cost-cutting measures have been effectively implemented.

David E. Wildmon