Letters to the Editor, Nov. 20

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Lafayette, we are here

EDITOR: Mr. Trump chortles that the USA saved France twice. He does not know or read history so he is oblivious to the fact that if it wasn’t for the French troops and the French navy at the battle of Yorktown he would be singing “God Save the Queen” instead of tweeting nonsense.

Joseph Tonini


Backflow backlash

EDITOR: I’m writing in regard to Valley of the Moon Water District incumbent C. Mark Heneveld’s recent letter to the editor (“Water Misinformation Making Waves,” Nov. 9).

Heneveld is misinformed as well.

Home property owners of the communities Temelec, Creekside and Chanterelle do not have cross contamination connections of HOA landscape, non-potable irrigation to the city water main lines.

Never in 20 years has there ever been an incident proven that a home owner has deliberately tapped into the non-potable irrigation lines and shared this source with the potable VOM pipelines.

If such an incident were to be proven, then so be it; wrongdoing is punishable

To mandate or attempt to force communities that irrigate landscape with non-potable sources must purchase back-flow devices is not only ridiculous but also incestuous, as 90 percent of the installations thus far have also been installed by VOM Water District. Follow the money. In these times of water conservation, this state should bless and reward those that are able to utilize sources that do not interfere with our city water supplies to irrigate landscape.

Furthermore, the back-flow devices which should never have been approved, and never installed in the first place, are above ground eyesores and purely for the convenience of VOM ease of inspection and profit. These devices are no more effective for stopping back flow than below ground installations as in the city of Santa Rosa.

Although spill overflow seems to be the mantra for the above ground monstrosities, how is it that might be acceptable if there were any merit to contamination when back flow spill will drain directly into our bays?

The water district has directed homeowners to invest in the infrastructure of their own water supply system/profits. Any home owner that has implemented a back flow device shall also share in dividends from the profits of water sales, or VOM should install such devices on their own accord.

In any contamination impact threat the city water supply entity has the responsibility of protecting its source within its own infrastructure, not the responsibility of directing or asking others to invest in pipeline measures .

There will no doubt be legal disputes going forward before the installation deadline of October 2019. VOM must prove incidents of violations – home owners deliberately tapping into irrigation pipelines. Ridiculous.

Mark Cruciani

Sonoma Valley

Be responsible, holiday merrymakers

EDITOR: Be merry! It’s time for people to gather for their holiday parties. For some, it is a time to overindulge with food and drinks.

Despite numerous driving distractions, like cell phone usage, I must remind people to not drive drunk. A drunken driver hit me head-on when I was 16 in 1992. My injuries trouble me daily.

I had a 100 day coma with several severe injuries. For seven months, I stayed in hospitals in Stockton and San Ramon and then had 17 months of therapy.

My speech is not clear and my gait is abnormal. Along with that, I cannot drive and my hearing is damaged.

An open bar is often a big perk of a holiday bash. Partygoers enjoying bizarre drinks, like mistletoe punch, must read my words.

If you had fine spirits and are not slurring words, you still can be drunk. Driving skills are damaged before intoxication signs are seen.

Few know just exactly how many drinks equal “one too many.” Therefore, a driver who drank no alcohol must give drinkers a ride.

Driving drunk on roads like Highway 12, can lead to an arrest, crash or death. You can never replace a person or the lifelong pain of injuries. Take it from one who knows.

Lori Martin


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