Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15
Glass full to I-T!
EDITOR: I have been house sitting in Sonoma for the past five years during the winter and just want to let you know how much I enjoy your paper.
I live in Las Vegas and we used to have a decent paper, the Review Journal, which has a great local section, the Sun, produced by Brian Greenspan, son of Hank who started it.
We lost good columnists, John Smith and Jon Ralston, as they wouldn’t do the bidding of the casino moguls, namely, Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson. Then Adelson bought the paper and the editorials and columns are ghastly. Two great women retired and that pretty much did it for me.
So to read your wonderful articles about this lovely town and all the personal stories is very refreshing!
Your letters to the editor are always entertaining and show how well-informed the residents of Sonoma are. The placement of these letters is also quite clever; my favorite being Jan. 15 where a new resident complained about the “stagnant force” in the town and how it looks “tired and dated.” My question is: “Why did you move here?”
Reminds me of the Sun City residents who live on the golf course but don’t want to see golfers!
But the best part was the very next letter of the part-time residents who raved about the work done on their favorite hiking trail and who had researched and mentioned everyone who was involved in the renovation! Maybe the new people need to take a hike! It is a beautiful way to see the town and Valley!
Also, your “Glass Empty” comment about “Tantrum Buster.” Really, a thing? But I loved your old fashioned, “N & O.”
And last but not least. Your cartoons!
I so enjoy your wonderful paper. The town is lucky to have a good one.
Green New Deal, Mr. Thompson?
EDITOR: Today I joined a group of other activists to present Rep. Mike Thompson with the gathered petitions for a Green New Deal. It’s really disturbing that Democrats are going to such great lengths to not mention that the Green Party has been pushing a solid Green New Deal for a decade that they (Democrats) are starting with an outline, with their media cohorts trumpeting that it will take years to formulate the full plan. This is a red flag. If this was truly about caring, they would be moving forward with the Green Party version, but instead they’re going to drag this out so that they can pretend the Green Party wasn’t involved. We don’t have time for this. The minorities and working families we are trying to advocate for don’t have time for this.
I went there with the intention of calling Mr. Thompson out for his pro-military votes and for anti-environmental votes such as voting three times to weaken the Clean Air Act. When we got there, we realized he wasn’t there, so we spoke to his staff instead. I left him: A) What I had written to read to him; B) Another copy of my letter challenging him to debate; and C) A copy of the Green Party version of the Green New Deal. Here is a copy of what I had intended to say to him: