Meeting madness; moratorium a must!

EDITOR: Chaos reigned at the Sept. 5 Planning Commission meeting last night. It was like witnessing the Mad Hatter’s tea party from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The final draft EIR on Darius Anderson’s hotel was chaotic since so many different experts, staff and Planning Commission members were replaced or missing all together. I request that the City Council consider a moratorium on the West Napa Hotel project until they have a new Planning Director and staff who are well versed in all the complexities of this game-changing project.

Marilyn Goode

Sonoma

Code black

EDITOR: This in response to Charles Avery’s letter (“Since When Is ‘Monkey’ Racist?” Sept. 4) defending Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’s use of the word, “monkey” to refer to Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum’s possible election victory.

In the environment that exists today where all racist and denigrating language is accepted by a large section of the population and where a former TV personality feels comfortable calling our former First Lady the offspring of an ape, it is not surprising that some would call out this Florida candidate for urging Floridians to “not monkey this up.” It is my opinion that this was not a poor choice of words but a deliberate “wink-wink nod-nod” code to the electorate to think before they put another black man in a position of power.

Bill D’Allaird

Sonoma

Pump up the volume

EDITOR: Great editorial (“Vin Peaks,” Sept. 4). Seems like you and Kate Williams are cornering the market at your publication on wine market stories (“Is Sonoma Reaching ‘Peak Wine’?” Aug. 31.

Yes, you can’t market your way out of a turning marketplace. It is the old adage: I’ll lose money per head but make it up on volume. Ain’t gonna work.

Steve Lay

Sonoma

Kavanaugh? How ‘bout Kava-NO!

EDITOR: We are fighting to maintain the integrity of our democracy, which is being undermined by the most effective weapon a hostile country has ever employed: Donald Trump. It is the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to fight for our democracy and the Constitution. Those supporting Trump and his policies are placing their own greed and self-interests far above the good of the nation and our communities. While money buys and directs the majority of Congress and the Senate, the manipulation of our judicial system by Russian influence and Trump will crumble the final pillar of the foundation of our democratic process. We must prevent any further ruination of our democracy and abuse of presidential power by keeping Brett Kavanaugh out. His appointment to the Supreme Court would directly affect our communities with the undermining of environmental acts that protect our drinking water, our treasured parks and open spaces, health care, social security and anything else the money machines desire to fuel their unpatriotic greed. We can stop all of this by demanding our representatives be accountable to citizens and stop the appointment of Kavanaugh.

Aaron Brinkerhoff

Novato