Where there’s smoke, there’s ire
EDITOR: On Nov. 8, the residents of Sonoma passed Measure W, which to my understanding would set more strict smoking standards for our city. When exactly will this be enacted? I am tired of going to the Sonoma Plaza and having people light up by the children’s playgrounds, there is no need for any of us to be inhaling second-hand smoke. Also, when we were at Tuesday Farmers Market this past week, in a timespan of us sitting in the same place on the lawn for an hour, on five different occasions people around us were smoking to the point we were also inhaling their smoke. In an article written in the Sonoma Index-Tribune last Sept. 19, it states, “If approved, the ordinance would go into effect immediately, according to Assistant City Attorney Valerie Pistole, who worked with Sonoma City Council members to draft the updated ordinance.” When exactly will no smoking signs be going up in our local parks and it actually being enforced?
Carlomagno resignation a shame
EDITOR: Thank you, thank you so much for providing back story to Louann Carlomagno’s resignation (“School District Needs to Calm Tempest, Tempers,” June 16). I taught for 35 years, in Antioch and Rohnert Park, and I have never seen an administrator as good as Carlomagno. The district will have a very tough time finding someone half as good. I’m hoping that since her next job is as an interim, she will finish in Hillsborough and come back here, especially since the rest of her life is here. What a shame that a newbie on the board can succeed in ousting a great leader like Carlomagno.
What dreams may come
EDITOR: I had a dream! A beautiful dream!
That we all came together as one over the next few years to…
1. Pass a health care bill that holds the line on higher premiums, covers preexisting conditions, provides good quality coverage options for both young and old.
2. Pass an immigration bill that ensured that the undocumented living here, who abide by our laws, can find a way to stay here legally and positively contribute to our society and fully embrace the American way of life.
3. Pass a tax bill that is fair and reduces taxes on all individuals and our businesses… both small and large!
4. Pass and modify our trade agreements that is fair to our U.S. businesses and creates new domestic jobs for our workers.
5. Pass a U.S. budget that is both balanced and helps to reduce the deficit over time.
6. Diminish the hate speech and damaging rhetoric from the media and the politicians.
7. Focus is on what is best for the everyday working man/woman… and not best for the lobbyists nor the political elitists.
8. Focus and support constructive ideas and healthy dialog and discard the mean-spirited and divisive U.S. society/culture we have today!
9. Provide a voucher to every K-12 U.S. student family to attend any private, public, charter or religious school of their choice.
Yes… I had a dream! Hugs to all who want to promote and share that dream!
Gary D. Nelson