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EDITOR: I enjoy your editorials. I especially appreciated “Holidays in the Scrum” (April 6). Newspeople today are suffering terrible conditions made worse by Trump’s intolerance of ideas that conflict with his own and his hate for anyone who threatens his power. Many of us cheer on those of you who are willing to provide fair and balanced reporting.
Wishing a quick resolution to this distrust of the media.
Many bites at the Cherry
EDITOR: I was sorry to read in the I-T that someone stole the sign at the Cherry Tree (“Glass Full/Glass Empty,” April 5). A photograph (above) of the unprepossessing but comfortingly familiar roadside building taken by my niece Monica evokes many happy memories. For many years the structure has been shuttered but has never been empty because it’s filled with echoes of the happy chatter of instantly refreshed travelers on postwar motor trips and Valley families picking up cold cider on their way to their favorite picnic grounds.
My parents stopped there on every visit to Sonoma from our home on the peninsula beginning in the first summer after we moved to California from Iowa in 1953. My sisters and I loved to watch them enjoy the cherry cider with equal rapture. Dad was an Eisenhower Republican, Mother a Roosevelt Democrat, but the Cherry Tree was blessed common ground.
When my wife Tina and I were going together in the Sixties, I’d often pick her up in Hayward and drive to the Valley of the Moon to visit the Mission, Vallejo’s home, the Plaza and the region’s romantic charm. Our first stop: The Cherry Tree. As our family grew, each of our five children helped us discover this local treasure anew.
I’m sure my family is not alone in wishing the owners success in recovering the sign. Maybe Monica’s photo will help people recognize it if they run across it on sale. Leaving it up for so many years was a kindness to all who cherish memories like ours.
The ‘only way’?
EDITOR: I’d like to clarify a few points made by Ken Wornick in his Valley Forum op-ed (“Museum Name Change Is the Only Way,” April 13).
The proxy form which accompanied the notice of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s annual General Meeting did not contain a chance to vote on the motion to change the name. It offered a chance to assign a board member as a proxy voter, or any other SVMA member in good standing, as your representative. There was no ballot, nor was there any indication of how the representative would vote on any of the several issues on the agenda. To call for a vote without information, discussion or an opportunity to choose “no,” is not a vote. The board had proxies not ballots. It is an unfortunate manipulation of both the letter and the spirit of the by-laws which were adopted as the foundation of the organization. I would not describe that as “an abundance of respect.”
I am also somewhat skeptical of the methodology of the museum consultant who couldn’t find anyone in the community with knowledge of the museum. She left the founders, organizers and early supporters out of her research. She also left out the families of all the fourth graders in the school district who have participated in the Art Rewards the Student program. She also somehow missed the teachers and students who regularly take field trips to the museum. She also somehow missed the many artists and collectors in the community who have participated in exhibitions at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.