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Letters to the Editor, May 22 - 24

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Thrown for a curve

EDITOR: I have been a resident in southern Sonoma just off Highway 121 for over 30 years and I have received a notice regarding the 121 roadway curve near Viansa Winery. I am outraged about this because they want to spend who knows how many thousands of dollars to straighten this curve some, rather than put this money toward other, much more pressing roadway improvements such as paving, or the dreaded Highway 37 stretch to Vallejo. This Highway 121 stretch in question can be safely taken at 40 to 50 mph even though posted less. Yes, there has been some accidents there, but not excessive or frequent that I am aware of. This seems to be another project expenditure that should be used elsewhere.

I just thought I would share this with you and the readers, if you are unaware of such projects.

Eric Larson

Sonoma Valley

A ‘voice’ above the din

EDITOR: I enjoyed the piece by high school senior Dominic Tommasi (“Open Letter from SVHS Student Voice,” May 15).

I applaud Dominic and thank him for his insight and courage in speaking his truth to our community. While life experience is certainly valuable, a youthful vantage point and the confidence to declare the opinions it affords are priceless. How lucky Sonoma is to benefit from your observations, Dominic. We will be luckier still if we roll up our sleeves, work together and act upon them together.

Annie Cassidy

Sonoma Valley

‘Dear Prudence’: An ode to the Sonoma School Board

EDITOR: Dear Prudence –take a look around, I’m amazed to see such challenge in our lovely little town,

The School Board has decided to take our quiet and lovely fields, and put in a stadium, with floodlights, snack-bar, new track, artificial grass for selected children’s heels,

Oh, they say they told us all about it, but look at their ads and voter box – what was missing – no mention of stadiums or pool from the group acting like a fox;

A $2.7 million stadium and track in the center of town, quiet calm escape from big cities has been a main attraction, to tourists on foot and bikes that spend big money to be around.

Now, I didn’t see anything about it in the ads, not even a note – if I had – E would not have received my vote. If the Brown Act applied to public ads alone, it would have sent this idea back where it belongs.

And while the school system struggled to stay financially afloat, the School Board seemed absent – focused on our vote.

Oh, and there’s the new pool not mentioned, not sure of that price that, to replace the old one – when it developed a crack, instead of fixing it – they bulldozed it flat.

And to be sure that no changes come to Measure E’s $120 million cost,

The School Board made sure it can’t be touched – even while teacher jobs are being lost.

We argue that the new head of SVUSD gets paid thousands too much, but vote on measures costing millions of dollars that our schools need, but can’t touch!

Now the school year is about to finish, folks should (not?) be alarmed, when more trucks and more bulldozers show up, tearing down trees and digging up fields next to the SVHS Ag Farm.

And tourists on foot and bikes, at MacArther Place, and places like the Lodge, should see no harm, when quiet nights and the sound of crickets is replaced with loudspeakers, marching bands, for twenty-five hundred screaming fans,

And I’m sure the School Board will provide extra trash cans…

Now whose money is gonna maintain all of this you might say – I’m sure the School Board has figured out that play – probably from the school budget – don’t worry too much – they can just cut more teaching jobs and such.

Some people say that if we don’t build bigger that Sonoma will “be passed by,” and some say, “We like it as it is!”

If you want bigger, you may want to move – to Napa, Petaluma, or such – louder and larger than our little groove,

And if you “Like it as it is,” to which most of us agree, it might sadden your heart to see what “was” become “what will be.” I hope that the lessons learned become more important to you and me.

Dear Prudence, take a look around – we sure need to see you come back to our town!

Stewart Saunders

Sonoma