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Letters to the Editor, April 27 - 30

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Putin behind Calexit? Bet yer bottom ruble!

EDITOR: Your columnist Thomas Elias may be joking when he brings up the notion of California leaving the United States (“Calexit Here I Come,” April, 17), but it’s not funny. Especially when you know that Vladimir Putin was a strong supporter of Calexit. The person who spearheaded the campaign in California has already moved to Moscow. It has been shown that Russia was behind the Calexit “movement,” whether or not its supporters were aware. Putin is the world’s real life “Dr. Evil” doing his best to wreak havoc in the world today. This has been shown over and over. So don’t be fooled and end up making Putin’s dreams come true by degrading our country further.

And remember, whenever someone tries to get you to hate your fellow American, it’s probably a scam supported by Putin. It’s no joke.

Anne Petersen

Sonoma

Whose ‘best interests’ is he looking out for?

EDITOR: “One topic received little attention,” said letter writer J. Radican, worried about the cost to the City of Sonoma if it is sued (“Law Suits Would Hurt City,” March 13).

The argument being, that if the City Council rejects the Fourth Street East Project, the developer will sue. (Editor’s note: the Council rejected the project at its April 9 meeting.)

J. Radican infers that all the I’s had been dotted and the T’s crossed and to reject at this point (following Planning Commission approval) would be retroactive. This is not accurate. Appeal to the council is part of the process.

The threat of a lawsuit in this case is bullying! The developer had no less than three attorneys at the City Council meeting on March 5. J. Radican, in a moment of civic duty, is looking out for the best interests of the City of Sonoma?

As for me, I’m starting a GoFundMe account to pay for the City’s legal fees.

Doug McKesson

Former Mayor of Sonoma

Contract is mere pocket change for school board

EDITOR: I don’t mind if the school board pays superintendent candidate Socorro Shiels the rich terms of the proposed contract, out of their own pockets (“School Boards Puts Off Contested Superintendent Hire,” April 20).

But they would do well to remember: That’s our money they’re spending.

Ed Shoop

Sonoma

Happy Walls not as happy as reported

EDITOR: I enjoyed Christian Kallen’s article regarding the fundraiser at the House of Happy Walls at Jack London State Historic Park (“Fundraising Event for Jack London Park Evokes Gatsby Era,” April 12). I serve as park historian there. I’d like to make a small correction for future use regarding Charmian London. The House of Happy Walls was not her home until her death. This is an assumption made by many since it is known she moved there from the cottage. She moved there in 1935 until about 1945 or 1946 at which point she moved back to the cottage where she felt a closer connection with Jack. Then, depending on her health, she would make use of both places until 1952 when she fell down the stairs at the House of Happy Walls and broke her hip. From then on she lived in the cottage with a nurse and was close to the home of Irving and Mildred Shepard who watched over Charmian. Charmian was suffering from dementia during the last years and died in her sun porch the cottage in 1955, the same room where both Jack and Eliza had died.

I brought this to your attention, because recent articles in the Index Tribune and Press Democrat included this wrong information.

Lou Leal

Jack London State Historic Park historian