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Letters to the Editor, July 25 - 27


Was artist the ‘hookah-smoking caterpillar’?

EDITOR: When I picked up the Sonoma Index Tribune today and saw the artists rendition of the Hotel Sonoma Project (“Hotel Developers Offer to Address EIR Questions,” July 18) my first thought was: he/she must be a fan of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small… with his/her preference being for the “makes you small” pill.

It seems to me highly dishonest to put a “rendition” of a controversial project at the vanishing point (the point toward which receding parallel lines appear to converge) of a very small painting.

It would be more honest to do the rendition eastbound from 7-Eleven where the elevation would show the true size of the building.

Also, apart from 10 p.m. on a Thursday, when is there ever only one cyclist and three pedestrians on that block?

Fake rendition… fake rendition.

Stephen R. Hunt

Sonoma

If you can’t beat ‘em…

EDITOR: I have a perfect solution to the complaints about the proliferation of Sonoma Plaza’s wine tasting rooms (“No Simple Fix for Tasting Room Glut,” June 20).

Allow as many wine tasting rooms that want to rent on or near the Plaza. No limit.

Next, allow when approved, as many medical cannabis dispensaries that want to rent on or near the Plaza. No limit.

Close off the Plaza streets to vehicular traffic and at least one block in each direction, heading off the pedestrian traffic and parking complaints.

Forego the moratorium on chain stores on the Plaza.

Continue ignoring the no smoking ordinance.

Once again, allow real estate offices to rent on the Plaza, which now seems so benign.

And the final fix to complaints, allow Air BnBs to once again rent for less than 30 days.

The City might as well give in to the tourist industry’s demands to take over our “quaint, little city” and officially hand it over to them. No more fighting, no more meetings. At least this way we can be done with it and know exactly which direction our city is going.

Cathy Gellepis

Sonoma

The Emporer’s new Cofefe

EDITOR: The King of Cofefe always makes stupendous proclamations – everything is huge, great and tremendous. Of course, not everyone believes him, but some of those that do hope that what he says is true because they feel left behind and the King of Cofefe has promised to improve their lives.

Now a problem has surfaced for the King of Cofefe in that some critics are asking what he has actually done for those he has made promises to. Well, the King of Cofefe is not wounded by any unpleasant revelations or irritating accusations. He knows that he can go to the Canyon of Echoes, an amazing place in Cofefe where anything spoken into the Canyon echoes throughout Cofefe. Everyone hears it but never really knows if it is fake or true or partly fake and partly true.

It is a perfect way for the King of Cofefe, who is a master of confusion, to assure those that still believe in him, that in fact he has done more in his short time as the King of Cofefe than any other king before him and there is more to come.

Some will sigh in relief and others cry in disbelief.

Jose Figueroa

Sonoma

Illegals swimming upstream in California

EDITOR: Our Governor Jerry Brown wants to build two 40-foot diameter tunnels and send our water to Southern California developers.

I concur with Mr. Lynch 100 percent (“Salmon Advocates File Suit,” July 14). Back in the 1920s, a Mr. Mullholland bought all the farms in the Owens Valley. He then took all their water to Los Angeles making it possible to make Los Angeles grow from 500,000 to 10-million-plus people. He got very rich I understand,

Now we have Gov. Jerry Brown doing the same thing. Except now, its Northern California and killing all our salmon and other wild life in the process.

How do we stop this? Why do we need more water for Los Angeles? One thought is the hundreds of thousands of illegals going there. Maybe if we stopped the influx of people into our state, we would not have to send our water to Los Angeles and we could save the Sacramento Valley from turning into a desert like they did to Owens Valley.

When I was a kid, there was only 4 million people in California. Truly a paradise. Now, 40 million people, probably 37 million legal and 3 million illegal. Who is going to provide housing for the people who continue coming? I am not saying they are bad. I just think they will be needing housing and water. We do not have affordable housing for the people already here in the state, yet we continue to encourage illegals to come here unabated.

We can only accommodate so many, then we will have a crises without a solution.

Bill Botieff

Sonoma