Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7

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‘Bowser’ not good enough?!

EDITOR: About the service dog of George H. W. Bush. I just looked up the dog’s name that they gave it which is “Sully.”

The definition, according to the dictionary, is to defile, stain, pollute, besmirch, fowl, spoil, tarnish, dirty, damage upon purity and integrity!

Oh, how woeful we are!

Joel Taylor

Sonoma Valley

Not on board for ‘bomb train’

EDITOR: Your recent article on the tanker cars in Schellville that are storing liquid petroleum gas (“Signature Drive Targets Liquid Tankers in Schellville,” Nov. 2) reminds us that railroad accidents and explosions are extremely hazardous. These tracks are not far from the pallet factory that has sustained three fires since 2007. The 1983 Murdock, Illinois “bleve” (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion) shot a six-ton burning rail car three-fifths of a mile from those tracks, as you can see on the YouTube video of the same. If such an explosion were to occur to any one of the 147 tankers in our drought-stricken neighborhood, the resulting inferno would cause catastrophic damage to lives and property.

The Northwestern Pacific Railroad owner’s argument that the tankers are safe is only true until an accident occurs. Valley of the Moon residents deserve to live in an environment that is not fraught with such extraordinary fire danger in the form of a bomb train. Not in our back yard.

Jim Braun


SRJC trustee is ‘humbled’

EDITOR: I would like to thank all the voters from the Sonoma Valley community college district that supported me on my recent election to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustee’s for a fourth term. I am humbled by all the support that I received from the community during the campaign.

I will work hard to ensure that all students continue to receive excellent education and support services. I strongly support scholarships and financial aid programs that assist students who lack the financial resources necessary to attend college.

Sound financial planning and sustainable business practices is a goal that I continue to strive for at SRJC, while overseeing a successful implementation of Measure H bond funds to build the best facilities for our future. I also recognize that an organization’s greatest assets are its employees and I want to ensure the college continues to employ and retain the finest possible faculty and staff.

While there are many challenges we face, I believe the future is bright for SRJC and also for the community that it serves.

I am honored to represent the people of Sonoma Valley at SRJC.

Jeff Kunde

SRJC Trustee

Thank you, and ‘never give up’!

EDITOR: It was a mixture of a humble gratitude and immense appreciation that John Taylor, founder of the JT-Never Give Up Foundation, as he hand-delivered a check to Dr. Brian Schmidt, head surgeon of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, for the purpose giving back to the hospital that saved his life.

The head-on crash that occurred on the morning of Aug. 21, 2015 caused John to code twice due to blunt traumatic arrest, numerous surgeries, coma for 30 days and a series of therapies to sustain his life. His story does not end there. A daily rehabilitation regiment – which includes, exercise, good diet, prayer for a positive attitude and giving thanks – is what keeps him moving forward. His delivery of wrist bands that read “Never Give Up” is the gift he brings to each and every heart and soul he meets daily.

It was the gifted hands of Dr. Schmidt and his staff, along with the first responders of the Glen Ellen Fire Department, that is ultimately responsible for JT to now live in the world that he cherishes. His personal visit to thank the team of the SRMH and the GE Fire department was the first among his heartfelt thank-you’s, along with wrist bands to distribute to anyone they felt needed the inspiration.

The ability to deliver a $10,000 check was due largely to the successful JT-Never Give Up Celebrity Golf Tournament that was held at the Sonoma Golf Club on Aug. 6 of 2018. It is hoped this first event will become annual so to continue his ability to donate funds so that victims of car crashes may have the same emergency help that he was graced with.

Without the help of local donors as well as support from all over the country his endeavor could not have be so successful. “I received help from my family, friends, local business, religious, other nonprofit organizations, celebrities and athletic foundations. It was a blessing from heaven,” John humbly explains. Future plans are His next delivery of funds to the EMT first responders that arrival at scene.

Today, John has personally delivered, as well as mailed, into the hands of church organizations, athletic heads, work organizations and anyone who will listen 40,000 wrists bands locally and around the world.

Save the date: the second annual JT-Never Give Up Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament at the Sonoma Golf Club will be on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Raye Souza

JT - Never Give Up Foundation

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