Black lives, and films about them, matter
EDITOR: Kirk Michael’s review of the film “Hidden Figures” says it is too upbeat for the Jim Crow-era story (“Math is Color Blind in ‘Hidden Figures,’” Feb. 10). As a black woman who grew up in the California version of Jim Crow during that time, I disagree. We need more depictions of black life that focus on the hard work of heroines like these and not the actions of the oppressors of the time. Films like this make it great to be in this country, despite its shortcomings.
This is no time for timidity
EDITOR: Jason (Walsh) reported (“Council Pressed for ‘Bold Statement’ on Immigration,” Feb. 24) that at the Feb. 22 City Council meeting, David Cook worried, whether using a provocative term like “sanctuary” would be akin to seceding from the union, as it openly bucks federal law.
Seriously, David? Seceding from the Union? Come on. I doubt that simply “using a provocative term like ’sanctuary’” is against any federal law. This is no time for timidity.
Jason quoted Gary Edwards in saying, “Poking someone in the eye with the word ‘sanctuary’ doesn’t make sense to me. Our homes should be our sanctuary.”
Seriously, Gary? Miguel and Arturo and Maria’s homes are no longer their sanctuaries – rather, addresses where they can be found and hauled away from their families. If our homes are no longer sanctuaries, then isn’t it time for Sonoma to step up to the plate and poke “somebody” in the eye? And use a really bold, scary word like “sanctuary”? This is no time for timidity.
I say it is time for Sonoma, and everybody else for that matter, to be provocative. To take a stand. To say who we are and what we stand for. These are not normal times. This is no time for timidity.
Sonoma took a bold, daring, provocative, untried stand on those awful leaf blowers for crying out loud. Now, we have a true terror blowing dirt in our face. This is no time for timidity.
Stand up and do something, Sonoma City Council.
Cannabis tax should fix pots, weeds
Editor: With Sonoma County roads and streets in such dire condition, would it not seem appropriate to earmark tax revenues derived from the cultivation of cannabis on the March ballot to fixing Sonoma County pot holes and, perhaps, if sufficient revenues still exist, to then focus upon weed control along our streets and roads?
Time to pull plug on hospital
EDITOR: The Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) and its associated emergency room are not medically necessary and are prohibitively costly. They should be closed and replaced with better medical care for fewer dollars. A fear campaign is currently being run to support Measure B on the March 7 ballot. The information being provided about SVH and its ER is incomplete and misleading at best. This is true about much of the information on the Sonoma Valley Health Care District (SVHCD) website as well.
Our local ER functions primarily as a convenient but expensive drop-in clinic for non-emergencies. True medical emergencies cannot be properly handled there. Patients with evolving heart attacks, stroke disorders, severe wounds or head or spinal injuries can get proper and timely care only when transported the extra 15 to 30 minutes to the up-to-date equipment and certified medical/surgical subspecialists that true emergencies demand. Our excellent paramedics/EMS personnel in Sonoma know to take many patients directly to Marin or Napa or Santa Rosa. Others are unfortunately delayed here before being transferred.