The ubiquitous black wall is instantly recognizable by every American: 53,253 names etched in white stand out as ghosts from a controversial and bloody war. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is among the most moving, sacred places in the country. Very few speak in its presence, choosing to solemnly reflect on the atrocities of war. An 80 percent scale replica of this moving tribute will be in Petaluma this week, complete with ceremonies each of its five days in Sonoma County, with an escorted arrival at 3pm at the Petaluma Elks Lodge on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Opening ceremonies take place Thursday, Oct. 10, at Lucchesi Park, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 1pm. Free. The wall is open 24 hours a day from Oct. 9-13.
Everyone knows it’s best to trust those who make our food, and more importantly, not to upset them. Since farmers ultimately produce all of our food, it stands to reason that we should trust them, as should the nation’s lawmakers and Monsanto itself, and stop trying to destroy heritage crops with genetically modified seeds. This infallible logic should certainly influence the law of the land, but if we’ve learned anything this past week, it’s that logic doesn’t often prevail in politics. So, this time, it’s up to the people. Over 1,000 people turned out for an anti-GMO rally in May, and organizers hope to increase that number for the March Against Monsanto on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at Santa Rosa City Hall. 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 2pm. For more info, see