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Letters to the Editor, May 1 - 3

I am proud of the support the City of Sonoma has given to parks and green areas throughout our city, many in collaboration with the Ecology Center and other agencies. However, now is the time to expand this support to include the Pauline Bond property, a gem that can be enjoyed by all. I know the Ecology Center is ready and has already demonstrated its effectiveness with other community projects. This is a win-win situation for the City Council vs. divisive issues like hillside development and the number of tasting rooms around the Plaza. So, let’s go City of Sonoma. It’s a wonderful project just waiting for approval so that our Ecology Center can proceed.

Marilyn P. Kelly

Sonoma

Wing and a prayer

EDITOR: On top of knowing that people are killing birds in the Valley while

drinking – we see a picture of Rep. Mike Thompson with a huge rifle at the

“Wine” and Barrel Club – in Tuesday’s Index-Tribune (“Hunt Club Heads to Supervisors for Approval,” April 24). Seriously? This is leadership?

I’ll tell you this just makes me feel that our serene place to hang out is gone.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue – and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Well, I wish our world was peaceful and that we would stop showing kids how to shoot guns.

I would like to say it’s for the birds, but it’s not.

Katy Byrne

Sonoma

Why are there ‘repeat’ drunken drivers?!

EDITOR: I was extremely saddened at the death of Estefania Soto and her young daughter, killed by drunk driver Jose M. Lopez-Perez crossing a double line to pass on Arnold Drive on Nov. 14, 2017.

It was very upsetting when it was reported later that he was previously arrested in December of 2016 for driving without a license, unsafe passing (20/20 hindsight pattern here), and driving without insurance. From that newspaper article: “According to court dockets, (Lopez-Perez) was convicted only of being unlicensed, paid a $220 fine and was released.”

Question 1: Why only one conviction out of three?

I became further exasperated when I later read another article in the Sonoma Index-Tribune that another motorist, Felipe Celis of Sonoma, was arrested two times in three days, March 9 and 11, 2018 on DUI charges. The first time he was weaving in and out of his lane pulling a trailer! The second time he ran into a rock wall and tree on private property and fled the scene. Had the homeowner been doing yard work there, he would likely have been killed. Lucky for our law enforcement he lost his front license plate before he fled.

Question 2: Why was he still driving after the first arrest?

Considering the large number of people that drive under the influence and the relatively small number of law enforcement officers and the chances of catching them, we need to make use of the most restrictive penalties to keep them off the road for the longest period of time. Police and Sheriffs doing a good job must be supported by our laws, and we need fix our laws if they don’t support their work.

We need to make (or enforce) at least one law now: impound drunken drivers’ cars, at their expense. California DMV states that driving a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. There is no legitimate excuse for driving under the influence.

What can you do about this?

Gary Germano

Sonoma