Letters to the editor, April 19
The day Sonoma stood still
EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Troise (“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” April 16) might wish to reconsider his assertion that there is no valid evidence for extraterrestrial visitors, in light of the following facts:
The government and military establishments of several nations have studied the UFO phenomenon. A number of these found that extraterrestrial visitors were the likeliest explanation for the persistently unexplainable reports. Among the reports reaching this conclusion:
Project Sign, United States Air Force, 1948;
West German study, 1951 to 1954, headed by rocketry expert Dr. Hermann Oberth. Dr. Oberth spoke and wrote widely about the conclusions of this study. He unequivocally stated his conclusion that the best UFO reports were due to visitors from other worlds;
GEIPAN study, France, 2005;
In addition, there is the private COMETA report, from France, 1999. Its work was done mainly by military defense analysts.
Reports of very real and solid-appearing objects, many seen by trained observers, were the basis of the conclusions reached by these studies. Objects were seen to perform maneuvers not possible for any aircraft on this planet.
Given the huge numbers of planets now know to circle other stars in our galaxy, and the astronomical knowledge that many star systems are far older than ours, is it really such an improbable idea that the citizens of other worlds can and do visit the Earth?
Is Paris burning?
EDITOR: In the final days of the Nazi occupation, the frenzied voice of a madman crackled over the wires, “Is Paris burning?” Was it procrastination or a sensibility for this beautiful city that stayed the hand of the Nazi officer in charge? For whatever reason, Paris was spared.
After the Nazis fled, General Charles de Gaulle and thousands of jubilant Parisians thronged the long rise of the Champs Elysees to l’Etoile where the tricolor was unfurled to wave from the Arc de Triomphe. On Aug. 26, 1944, a Mass of Te Deum was celebrated at Notre Dame Cathedral.
Sixteen years later my husband and I made the first of many visits to Paris and to that glorious cathedral. I recall Sunday afternoon concerts, reveling in the organ’s groveling tones and celestial resolution of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue.
Today I watch Notre Dame, the soul of Paris, go down in flames. A tragedy not even a Nazi officer would allow.
Someone poisoning David Eichar’s shoes…
EDITOR: I read your articles about Sonoma stopping use of weed-killing products like Roundup on city property (“Sonoma Officials Ban Use of Roundup,” April 5). Now, while I know these were just examples to strengthen a point and not finger-pointing, there were quotes and call-outs from city officials and other commenters in the article using the Overlook Trail as an evil-doer.
So I thought 1) what a great time to set the record straight and 2) what a great opportunity to thank our wonderful volunteers!
You rarely come near poison oak on the Overlook Trail trails because volunteers, led by our tireless Roy Tennant, are constantly clipping it and pulling it out by hand, two to three feet on either side of the trail. Every single day that it isn’t raining! No Roundup. None whatsoever! We quit using it years ago. Because Roy and the Overlook Trail Stewards would rather have poison oak than touch the stuff. They are eradicating other invasives along the trails the same way - by hand! Italian thistle and star thistle, if you have ever been stung by either of those monsters you know how much we must hate the idea of Roundup. Broom’s pretty much gone too. All by hand.