Letters to the Editor, Feb. 19
Pony up for
EDITOR: Attention Sonoma Valley: We as citizens have a chance to support something without being forced to support, or not support, through bonds or taxes to keep Sonoma Valley’s character. According to the polls, it looks like buying the Clydesdale property (aka Castagnasso property) is preferred by most of Sonoma Valley residents – but talk is cheap. Every little bit counts.
I remember back to Sept. 19, 1990 when Mission Hardware on the corner of Napa Street and First Street East burned. Twenty-eight years ago caring Sonoma Valley citizens sponsored bricks to contribute to restore the beautiful façade of the historic building. Let’s see if the “new” Sonoma Valley residents “pony up” to help keep the “Clydesdale Corner.” Donations can be sent to Blue Wing Trust, PO Box 142 Sonoma, CA. 95476.
Susan and Jerry Morgan
Sonoma, for now and the future
EDITOR: Like so many others, I grew up in Sonoma. Although we will never get back what Sonoma once had, we have an opportunity to preserve the downtown Clydesdale Farm.
The Blue Wing Adobe Trust needs community support in order to acquire and preserve this historical icon. The plan is to continue to have horses, small livestock, produce gardens and orchards.
We can’t have this land sold and developed. We need to take care of Sonoma for ourselves and future generations. I bet the tourists will be happy as well.
As soon as possible, please visit www.bluewingadobetrust.org or call 707-732-4511 to donate what you can for this great endeavor.
Mission Bell is soup for the soul
EDITOR: The Mission Bell Farm on East Spain lies in the heart of Sonoma in more ways than one. This precious treasure deserves support in terms of financial resources for its historic preservation and for its long term, priceless educational value. To save this property, $3.5 million needs to be secured by Sunday, Feb. 24.
Why not let it be churned into “multiple dwellings” for which it has been zoned?
The answers are because:
Our children have become increasingly more in touch with electronic devices and out of touch with nature.
Farms, barns, plants and animals are potent tools for creating teachable moments from critical thinking to the acquisition of cognitive skills.
Animals motivate. Children have an intrinsic love for them.
Behaviors are learned. Being in the presence of animals releases endorphins which make one feel good engendering a nurturing spirit and care for others.
Animals are now being brought into airports, courtrooms, nursing homes, classrooms, work places, college dorms, end of life facilities; and people are swimming with dolphins. There is significant evidence to corroborate their value.
Immunologists have found that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. Kids raised on farms are found to be healthier.
Green spaces and pastoral settings reduce blood pressure and anxiety in humans of all ages.
Our children benefit from building connections with history.
They become wiser and healthier with an understanding of food production.
For these reasons, we encourage your readers’ whole-hearted support of Mission Bell Farm not only in their hearts but by any financial means possible by or before, Sunday, Feb. 24.