City Council is causing hysteria
EDITOR: Sonoma needs the federal funds plus grants necessary to operate the county. The new President did not say he was going after working, law-abiding Hispanic folks. So I find it totally out of line that the Sonoma City Council is even discussing this (“Council to Discuss ‘Sanctuary,’” Feb. 21) and causing more hysteria among our community.
No non-citizen has a right to our tax-supported benefits; they can, however, begin taking the steps to become citizens. The City Council should be discussing how to help our Hispanic community members accomplish this citizenship.
We are all afraid of terrorists and most of us are glad the President is taking steps to protect all of us.
With all the inclement weather it is not the time to be discussing not having federal funds needed to protect our communities and infrastructure.
It is sad when our officials panic instead of using a steady, informed head. Perhaps they are the problem.
An explosive situation
EDITOR: Approximately 80 tank cars capable of holding nearly 3 million gallons of “liquefied petroleum gas,” similar to propane, are stored just south of town. Instead of keeping this flammable material at a refinery, Doug Bosco, of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP), and SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit) profit by allowing highly combustible material to be warehoused in railroad cars along Arnold Drive south of Schellville.
Accidents happen! Since the late 19th century explosions in the Bay Area have killed and injured scores of people. Property damage has been extensive. In 1879 an explosion at the Giant Powder Company in San Francisco killed four. By 1892 there were three more powder explosions killing 66. In 1883 an explosion at the Giant Powder Company in Albany killed 37 Chinese workers. Later within a 38-year period, 59 deaths occurred at the Hercules Powder Company across from Vallejo.
The worst conflagration in the Bay Area occurred at Port Chicago in WWII where the mishandling of explosives being loaded on two ships exploded and 320 sailors and civilians lost their lives.
More recently, in 2004, a Walnut Creek gas pipe explosion sent a 40 foot plume of fire into the air and killed five workers. In San Bruno in 2010, a faulty natural gas line exploded. Eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. PG&E was fined $1.6 billion for failure to maintain the pipeline.
If a loaded tank car in Schellville caught fire and exploded would it ignite the other 79 cars in a huge conflagration? What if a domestic terrorist attacked the cars? How far beyond Schellville would the inferno reach? As far as Sonoma? If 2.6 million gallons of LPG exploded, how high on the Richter scale would it register?
The truth is there is no way to predict the extent of destruction and loss of life. These LPG tankers must go. It’s time for citizens to act. Support the efforts of Supervisor Susan Gorin in opposing the storage of these rail cars near Sonoma. Let her know your views.
Another ‘fine-tuned’ mess you’ve gotten us into!
EDITOR: Fine-tuned machine vs. imminent engine seizure: During his recent press conference, Donald Trump said his administration is running like a ”fine-tuned machine,” despite obvious signs of chaos, conflict and confusion within the White House. Trump didn’t mention what kind of “machine” he was referring to but let’s assume he was talking about a six-cylinder automobile engine.