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Letters to the Editor, May 4 - 7

How ‘bout ‘Guggenheim West’?

EDITOR: The flap over renaming the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art or not: Seems the museum’s board is hot to drop the “Valley” part with the reasoning that it’s not inclusive or too limiting. I grew up in New York City where museums were plentiful and had names like Guggenheim, Whitney, MOMA or Brooklyn in the title. I don’t think anyone in the New York metropolitan area or neighboring states imagined these art retreats were limited to people named Guggenheim or solely resided in Brooklyn. As artist Chester Arnold opined, it’s what’s inside the place that will draw folks or not, not the place’s name. All this stuff about “re-branding” and such is just market-speak nonsense. For that matter it could be called, “Callahan’s Last Stand,” and be done with it.

Will Shonbrun

Boyes Springs

Sonoma, it’s like I don’t even know you anymore…

EDITOR: I woke up Friday, April 20 feeling proud and pleased to be living in such a progressive place. Then I opened the I-T. First I read about school officials making punitive threats against students who participate in a nationwide anti-violence protest (“Sonoma Youths Plan Campus ‘Walkout’ on Date of Columbine”). I applaud the 50-or-so who went to the Plaza anyway, and gave and heard speeches they’ll remember much longer than they would their school lessons of the day.

Then there’s the Sonoma City Council. Despite our climate that offers free sunshine pretty much every day of the growing season, it has decided to make now-legal cannabis plants hide indoors, under grow lights powered by PG&E (“City Affirms Tights Limits on Cannabis Grows”).

Sigh.

Roger Hamlyn

Boyes Hot Springs

You down with WPP?

EDITOR: “Sonoma Valley Museum of Art” or “Sonoma Museum of Art”?

White people problems!

Seth Thornton

Sonoma