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Letters to the Editor, June 30 - July 3

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?

Amy Seyms

Sonoma

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.

Connie Holbrook

Sonoma

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

Sonoma

Nasty woman

EDITOR: I’m writing in regard to Thomas Elias’s recent California Focus column about Kamala Harris (“Kamala Harris for Prez?” June 16). Elias wrote another article about Kamala Harris, but he didn’t do all the research! The Press Democrat (your sister newspaper) just published an Associated Press article about her behavior and I watched her on CSPAN rudely questioning people. This is the second time she has used an acutely nasty mode of asking questions of people of greater status than hers in government. She is only well known for her attitude, her focus on sanctuary spaces and letting gang members off that murdered a father and his two sons by mistake. She is like Obama in having little whole-world values and realizing there are a lot of people in California that just want our government officials to work for all the people. You seem to think she has parallels to Obama, but there has to be more to a good politician than race. They need to be a role model for all the people.

Sonoma Guy

Sonoma

United we stand

EDITOR: As members of Sonoma Valley Resistance, our hearts are with the public servants who were attacked on June 14 in Alexandria, Virginia. We denounce violence of any kind and view this assault on elected representatives and security personnel as an assault on our democracy and our fellow citizens.

We stand for healthy dialogue in which people express opinions respectfully and without fear of violence. We may strongly disagree with many of the actions of the current administration, but remain steadfast in our commitment to peaceful engagement on the issues and the promotion of common ground.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Sonoma Valley Resistance

Sonoma