Time to breach protocol
EDITOR: Representative Thompson’s town hall felt surreal. Are we really having this normal conversation about issues – yes, many very important – as if this were a normal time under a normal administration? In one of the few mentions of our uniquely bizarre political environment, Thompson said that the House committee that is supposed to investigate the Russian connection is doing nothing, but that the Senate committee is. That committee has not one full-time staffer, and it has not interviewed one key witness. Thompson suggested we should allow the process to play out and to “let the chips fall where they may.” This is no time for letting chips fall.
In the entire meeting, no one was willing to talk about the orange-haired elephant in the middle of the room. We cannot proceed politely as if this is all just politics as usual. Our entire social safety network (including health and education) and all the rights which have been so hard won over the last century are under immediate threat, as is the stability of the entire world.
In the “only breach of protocol,” the lone agitator shouted a question, not a statement: “What are you doing about impeachment?” I know. It was me. This elicited Thompson’s one clear statement about the leader of the free world: “I think this president is terrible. I think he is doing a terrible job.” But, he’s willing to work with him. It’s time to breach some protocol, folks.
EDITOR: I was happy to see the turnout for the climate march on the Plaza on Saturday, but felt kind of empty when I got home and thought it all over. A gigantic plastic bottle assemblage was presented, that represented what the middle school used in one day. There was a statement made about reducing this type of waste in tourism.
I have noticed that many of our wine club, charitable, community and entertainment events now have refillable water stations. But now instead of using washable glass, they are handing out plastic “Govina”
glasses. Why is this allowed?
We need some new rules from both our City Council and our 1st District Supervisor. Let’s get all the plastic out of our permitted events and the hospitality industry, period. And for that matter let’s just put a cap on all tourism development going forward at both the city and the district level in our county. If you can make exclusion zones for vacation rentals, how about one big exclusion zone for mega development, gratuitous pollution and non-reusable and unnecessary plastic stuff?
Our elected officials need to start listening to the earth, instead of the big business and libertarian segments of our Valley.
Boyes Hot Springs
All about the ER
EDITOR: A few times in recent years I have been taken to the Sonoma Valley Hospital emergency room for a medical emergency. The trip to the hospital took only a few minutes. I got immediate, excellent care, and was followed up at Kaiser in Santa Rosa.
I’m a longtime Kaiser member but have been so grateful that I didn’t have to spend 40 minutes on the road getting to Kaiser Santa Rosa’s ER or to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa for emergency care.