Letters to the Editor, Feb. 5

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Hay it – don’t spray it!

EDITOR: Does anyone care that year after year for a few short days in January and February those who are observant may see a cute yellow biplane sweeping over certain hayfields along Highway 37 and perhaps other places where hay is grown – spraying a toxic herbicide known as 24-d, or spreading RoundUp by tractor over certain hayfields which turns the fields bright orange? These fields are quickly plowed under and not until another year goes by does anyone know that these toxic chemicals were dropped, contaminating the wildlife along our bay lands. Only the hay farmers and county may know – the Sonoma Agricultural Commission and the Farm Bureau who may lobby for such a shameful practice.

I would like to hear from those who are in charge of our bay lands – the Sonoma Land Trust, the Sonoma Open Space District and the Sonoma County Public Health Department, the farmers themselves and the general public. Also, the subject needs to be covered by some of our talented photo journalists to wake us up.

Do any of you remember Rachael Carson’s book “Silent Spring” so many years ago? What takes us so long?

Marilyn Goode


200 years and counting

EDITOR: I’m writing regarding the “Remember When” piece in the Jan. 29 issue that looked back on a story in the I-T from June 2, 1923.

I was very pleased to see that the Sonoma and Glen Ellen parlors of the Native Sons of the Golden West were “boosting for the Sonoma Mission Centennial” in 1923 which is the correct year to celebrate the centennial of the Mission’s founding and not that of the City of Sonoma. The Mission’s bicentennial will be 2023 and the City’s bicentennial will be 2035.

Robert Demler


U.S. supporting coup?

EDITOR: I want everyone to understand what is happening in Venezuela right now. Our media supports the overthrow of the popularly elected leader, so we are never shown the pro-Maduro side of the story. We are shown a protest, but we are never shown the pro-Maduro protest, which vastly outnumbers the opposition.

Maduro won re-election in 2018, and was sworn in earlier this week. Yesterday, on the anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez in the 1950s, there were dueling protests in the streets.

An opposition leader named Juan Guaido, who did not even run for president, decided that he was the president now, and declared himself so in the streets, and then faded away for fear of arrest.

Our fascist government has decided to recognize Guaido as interim president. Maduro, in response, decided to end ties with the U.S. and said that diplomatic officials should go home. Trump, in his infinite wisdom, said that he doesn’t recognize Maduro’s authority to send embassy staff home, setting up a confrontation.

Other fascist governments, like Brazil’s newly elected leader, have decided to recognize Guaido. Many other South American governments have continued their support of Maduro. The United States, which has been told by many of our officials for years that we should be concerned about Russian election interference, while allowing interference from countries like Israel and the United Kingdom, is blatantly trying to oust the popularly elected president of Venezuela on a whim and at the word of a madman, Guaido.

Jason Kishineff

American Canyon

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