Letters to the Editor, Dec. 26 - 28

Try a refreshing and healthful plant-based holiday meal, says letter writer.


A holiday thank you

EDITOR: Dear Sonoma Index-Tribune, thank you so much for all the help you gave us during the fire. Even though you were in danger and your houses were in danger you still did your job to help us keep track of what is going on. It make me so happy when people are so committed to their jobs!

Many thanks,

Payton Baillie McAuliffe

Adele Harrison Middle School

Prayers for Miss Rosemary

EDITOR: “Miss Rosemary” as Rosemary Schneider of the Musical Kindergarten in Sonoma for 34 years was loving called, desperately needs your prayers and good wishes at this critical time in her life.

It was finally discovered that Miss Rosemary’s autoimmune system has been fighting her system for some time now, and allowing her lungs to be filled with fluid. After a 10 day siege in Fresno Community Hospital during Thanksgiving, they discovered her right carotid artery was clogged, and she was desperately low on salt in her system, plus having pulmonary edema.

“Miss Rosemary” seemed to be better and was allowed to return to her home of two years in Reedley, California, where her sister, Ruth Laemmlen and brother Paul Hull as well as nieces and nephews, live. However, after only a week at home, her condition again worsened, and she was returned to the hospital, this time, in a severely weakened condition.

Since they were treating her for congestive heart disease, she got worse, not better. Finally on Dec. 15 they realized “Miss Rosemary” had interstipial lung disease. When a bed finally opened up in ICU, she was put on life support for only two weeks, at her own request. She is resting under sedation.

Your prays are welcome. If you wish to send her a greeting card, your love and appreciation for her life of 87 years, send it to her husband, Richard Schneider, the founder of the Sonoma Home Town Band, and director for 44 years, until his severe stroke in 2011. He is still speech impaired, but compared to his wife, Rosemary, he is doing alright.

Mail should be addressed to: Miss Rosemary, c/o Richard Schneider, 1300 W. Olson Ave., Space 36, Reedley, CA 93654.

Emails may be sent to her sister, Ruth Laemmlen at They will be printed and personally read to “Miss Rosemary” while in ICU.

Ruth Laemmlen


Trump supports animal cruelty

EDITOR: The Trump administration ruled on Friday that animals raised for food under the “USDA Organic” label need not be treated any less cruelly than those in conventional farming. The decision reverses years of U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which held that the “organic” label should impose minimal ethical, health, and environmental standards. For the animals, this included adequate space, light and access to the outdoors.

Under the Trump administration, this will no longer be the case. “Organic” farm operations will be allowed to cram laying hens five to a small wire cage that tears out their feathers and to grind or suffocate millions of male chicks at birth because they don’t lay eggs. Mother pigs will spend their miserable lives in tight metal crates, as their babies are torn from them and mutilated with no anesthesia. And dairy cows will continue to cry for their babies torn from them at birth, so we can drink their milk.

Caring consumers opting for “organic” animal products, to reduce their role in subsidizing these abuses, will now have no choice but to switch to plant-based foods, including the widely available nut- and grain-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams.

Paul Holms


Watch out community!

EDITOR: Statements attributed to Sonoma Valley Unified School District administrative personnel regarding school budget cuts do not bode well for personnel and students. “We’re targeting $2 million in continuing costs,” said Acting Supt. Young. Also, board president Britta Johnson’s comment that, “It’s impossible to keep any cuts away from the classroom,” is a code phrase meaning, “Watch out community!” Citizens better plan to attend the board meeting Jan. 10. It sounds like teacher layoffs and increased class size are part of the recovery plan.

Tom Martin