‘Not an easy art’
EDITOR: Thanks Jason for your writing about writing (“War on Media Crosses Into Sonoma Territory,” April 4)).
I appreciated your quotes by E.B White, one of my mother’s favorite authors. “Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.” I have been preparing an article about journalism for a year and haven’t had the courage to print it. I don’t know why exactly. It takes courage I suppose.
I grew up in a family bookstore business and our deep devotion to literature and reading was constant. These days, with the Trump attacks on media and the be-heading of journalists in the world, contrasting with fascinating interviews on NPR and good writing that still goes on – just breaks my heart.
It all makes being a writer feel sometimes like a pressure cooker, to get it right, to double check every fact and to forget the meaning of it. It’s not easy to write about and capture the real push inside that longs to be written down.
I think you did a good job of saying what goes on out there now – an age of “online, streaming live... copy voiced by pontificators, comedians, blowhards and street preachers.”
And thanks for the reminder, that “it’s still journalism, it’s still writing.” In other words: we work hard, most of us, to say something. It’s not an easy art.
These attacks on reporters and writers have gone on through history – often when power wants to overtake the people.
I believe we deserve to be valued for the pursuit itself.
Commission out to lunch over Fremont Diner
EDITOR: I have to say I’ve been going to this Union 76 station for diesel for 10 years and have had my trucks serviced by then Jeff and now Rigo for the same time. Christian Kallen’s article (“Fremont Diner Owners Eyeing Sonoma Gas Station,” March 14) boasts of how awesome having an affordable place to eat in town would be, but the reality is the Fremont diner is not affordable and the increased overhead of this new building and build out definitely won’t lower any prices. This last Saturday, I went by the Fremont diner and there were 37 cars in the lot and was told an hour-and-a-half wait to have lunch. Where does the city Planning Commission and City Council and all these people think these 30-plus cars are gonna park? Not to mention this venture will displace two local businesses that already reside on this property. This is a bad deal. Your article mentions the revamp of abandoned stations – which this is not – and like Dutch Bros. makes for a solid example with the intersection tied up on both sides. Sorry but this isn’t good for Sonoma nor for anyone trying to eat an affordable lunch. And definitely not for the neighbors who will have nowhere to park. They should look at the used car lot; at least it has parking. I’d put money on the only reason the Planning Commission liked the idea is for the apartments. It could have been attached to a brothel and a marijuana dispensary and still got a “good idea” with the apartment addition. If the City had let the auto garage expand to an extra bay or two a few years ago then none of this would be a factor.