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Letters to the Editor, April 7 - 10


Lost one of Sonoma’s ‘shining stars’

EDITOR: A week ago our children were in Nicaragua having just participated in a life-affirming week of service through the local organization Seeds of Learning. The morning the group was to return, a tragic accident took the life of one of Sonoma’s shining stars, Brandon Barmore. In the aftermath of the tragedy Brandon’s family has demonstrated more grace, love and acceptance than can be believed, helping our children and all of us to walk this difficult path of grief and healing together. Our group would like to express our tremendous gratitude and appreciation to the Barmore family for this gift. We would also like to thank the following groups who have offered support during this challenging time:

Sonoma Valley Unified School District and Sonoma Valley High School’s administration and entire staff have been attentive and responsive to the needs of all students left bereft by the death of their dear friend. Louann Carlomagno and Kathleen Hawing have been wonderful with excellent communication and support. Nina Gorbach, founder of Willmar Center, has given much-needed grief support and offered her help to students and families. SAY Grief services and Hospice by the Bay have offered their assistance free of charge. St. Andrew Church and Pastor Rich Gantenbein have generously supported impacted families as well. The group leaders; Krista McAtee, Chris Anspach, Dora- Aldina Chavarria and Diane Topogna who have been so caring of our children. Lastly, we give our true appreciation to Annie Bacon and for the important work that Seeds of Learning has done for 25 years and will continue to do into the future. Brandon and our children were honored to be a part of this important work in Nicaragua and we stand behind this reputable organization and its commitment, both to our community and to the communities which it serves abroad, with the help of young people like Brandon Barmore. Please visit the Brandon Barmore memorial fund at gofundme.com.

The parents of Seeds of Learning students

2017 Nicaragua Work Group

The mother of all marches

EDITOR: I have been angry, I have marched. Attacks on women, people of color, immigrants, yes I got mad, yes I marched – and yes I gave money to ACLU, Planned Parenthood, La Luz. Today I am beyond mad. Every one of these Trump actions made me act personally and with my pocket book, but today is the big one, Mother Earth. Think about it, this is it, kill our planet and we kill ourselves. Coal mining and pollution will not create the jobs and economy of the future. Economically the US loses too. I donated today to the Natural Resources Defense Council. My hope is that

we get the word out here in Sonoma and 3,000 people can show up on the Plaza on April 29 in support of the Peoples Climate March in Washington. This is the big one; let’s show our love for our real mother, Earth.

Josette Brose-Eichar

Boyes Hot Springs

Something doesn’t add up

EDITOR: In your recent editorial (“Bitter Pill For Health District,” March 14) you stated that “The measure (Measure B) would raise about $3.85 million per year for a hospital that would likely finish about $1 million per year in the red if the parcel tax didn’t pass.” The question that came to my mind is: If the hospital needs only $1 million or so from the public, per year, through a parcel tax, what is the other $2.85 million per year needed for?

Dan Goin

Sonoma

A question of balance

EDITOR: I appreciate Mr. Wallace’s comments (“Hospital Not a Conventional Business,” March 28) regarding the failure of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District Board to balance its budget. However, I disagree with the reason he cites – Medicare’s pricing models. When revenues from inadequate pricing models fail to cover the cost of services provided, there are avenues for balancing the budget other than “let’s bill the taxpayers.” One is to reduce costs. Business does this every day.

I have no quarrel with the job the hospital is doing. I just think it should be fiscally responsible and accountable.

Ed Shoop

Sonoma