Letters to the Editor, March 12

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How ‘bout ‘Sonomalopolis’?

Isn’t anybody but myself tired of getting an answer to my whereabouts as to where I live with the question: “Yes, in Sonoma, but where in Sonoma?”

Isn’t it about time we gain an identity?

As radical as it may seem, a small addition to the name could remedy this problem.

Anything too wrong with “Sonomaville”? Or “Sonomatown”? Or even “Sonomaton” or anything else anybody out there could think up?

Just some nominal separation from the county!

Am I (and my wife) the only ones thinking about this problem? Wouldn’t a change be possible?

Dean Witter

Sonoma

Majority for ‘Mr.’ Dragon

EDITOR: As representatives of the Mr. Dragon Committee, we would like to address the article published last week about the contest (“Mr. Dragon Pageant Keeps Its Identity,” March 5). First of all, this article is a wonderful example of bias in the media, as not one of the students that was interviewed wished to keep the name. All of the leadership students work very hard to accommodate the plurality of students, and certainly wish for participation from all groups on campus, never wishing to appear as exclusive. Mr. Dragon is a fun spin-off on a beauty pageant, hence the necessary title (Mr. or Ms.), otherwise “ultimate dragon” conveys a message of a physical competition. The leadership students feared a lack of participation in the event would be a consequence of a name change, and there would not be enough students who are uncomfortable with the “Mr.” title to make up for that loss. Although opposed to the name change, we proposed a compromise which would include a Ms. Dragon. A group of females on campus desired this type of competition so they would not have to compete against males, regardless of the name. This idea was said to have “missed the point,” yet the students who wished to change the name did not propose one compromise during the Mr. Dragon debate. Similar to Congress, the leadership class must work together to compromise, rather than a my-way-or-the-highway mentality which resulted in an unhappy population at SVHS. The leadership class took two votes preceding the student forum vote. Both widely supported maintaining the name. The results of the student forum vote was 79 percent to 20 percent to keep the Mr. Dragon title. This vote was open to the entire student body but, similar to national elections, only a small population was interested. With the 58 percent voting margin, it would be unfair to the majority of students in the forum who wished to keep the name, to change it because of a vocal minority. The classroom vote which resulted in a tie was 16-16 because administration, student forum and site council each received one vote. This is not proportional. Four administrators to 54 students would have given a final vote of 58-29 to keep the title Mr. Dragon. This vote accurately represents a decision made by the students, for the students. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion and political ideologies, we are students who want the best for SVHS, to support the Mr. Dragon contestants, and listen to the majority. The inclusivity which this group claims to be fighting for has excluded and marginalized the students who voted for the title Mr. Dragon, by name calling students who disagree; including “selfish” and “white privileged.” Inclusivity stems from acceptance of differing opinions, not tearing down others who disagree. That has been the mark missed during this debate.

We wish for the public to be aware of counter-opinions to the article published on March 5.

Audrey Castillo and Madison Schiffman

Sonoma Valley High School

Something rotten in Denmark

EDITOR: In response to Michael Cohen’s fact-filled incriminations of Donald Trump, Trump railed for two straight hours, to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Trump’s behavior brings to mind William Shakespeare’s famous line, from Hamlet, “the lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”

Rayne Dessayer

Sonoma

Wag the Kim Jong-un

EDITOR: They often create a major events to distract the American public from the domestic threat of inappropriate American behavior, especially when foreign countries are involved. Meetings in Asia are just that.

Similarly the Central American caravan of hopelessness was timed to arrive just before midterm elections in order to make Trump look pre prescient and increase public approval.

Joel Taylor

Sonoma

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