Plaza wine scene local? Show the metrics!

EDITOR: In the Tuesday, Aug. 28 Sonoma Index Tribune public-notice section, is a “notice of public hearing” with regards to a moratorium of wine tasting rooms on the Plaza Overlay District. I believe many residents of Sonoma are concerned about the exponential number of tasting rooms and the risk of losing more and more retail shops. I, like so many others, appreciate a good glass of wine, but I also believe it is best to have some restrictions on the number of tasting rooms.

I have read the proposed ordinance dialog and options and there are a couple of sections which I seriously question. For example, the Vintners & Growers Alliance (of which I am an auxiliary member) has indicated that “local residents constitute a significant proportion of wine customers” and that “wine tasting rooms for the most part are locally owned and sell local products.” I previously queried recently retired Planning Director David Goodison for statistics backing these claims. I still question these statements.

Public response may be sent to our Sonoma City Council members by Sept. 17, prior to the City Council meeting, and email addresses are posted on the City’s website.

Audrey Chapman

Sonoma

Since when is ‘monkey’ racist?

EDITOR: (This is in regard to the Governor race in Florida in which Rep. Ron DeSantis was called out by Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, an African-American, for the congressman’s use of the phrase “monkey this up” in reference to a Gillum election victory.)

I am furious. Since when did the word “monkey” have anything to do with black people? I remember a time when someone bought a Model T Ford car, a monkey wrench came with it. Also, I remember hearing many times the expression, “If it is working, don’t monkey with it.” That had absolutely nothing to do with black people. I think the Congressman’s remark should be looked at in the same light. I am sure he didn’t think it would be considered a racial remark. I was raised in Kentucky.

Isn’t it about time for us to stop looking for racial tones in everything we hear? What do you think?

Charles G. Avery

Sonoma

The Marino ticket

EDITOR: Vote “yes” on Proposition 6 in November!

Repeal the gas and diesel tax and DMV hikes. If we win, Sacramento will never be able to pass a gas tax without going to the vote of the people.

Vote for John Cox for governor, a real supporter of Prop. 6.

In the Sonoma City Council race, vote for two only: Rachael Hundley and Christopher Petlock.

Jerry Marino

Sonoma