Letters to the Editor


Time to move on

Congratulations to reporter Bruce Robinson (“Voices Parry,” March 25). He apparently actually read most of the pertinent and readily available public documents concerning the infrastructure problems, code violations, mishandling of Corporation for Public Broadcasting (i.e., taxpayer) funds, botched elections and failed mediation attempts at our KBBF public radio station. It is a rarity but essential to understanding what all the fuss is over the competence of the current board of directors and general manager.

Last fall, after the documents showing that the station general manager Jesus Lozano was a convicted methamphetamine trafficker and preparing to begin a five-year incarceration in a federal prison became public, the station directors promised through the new general manager Joseph Slali a complete and public disclosure of how a convicted felon managed to receive unquestioning support from them for three years.

Presumably the report would have included a complete report on the missing or mishandled station funds and other property. The general manager and board of directors have since reneged on this promise. Slali has stated that “it is time to move on.” He’s right about that, of course, but not in the sense he thinks.

David Janda
Santa Rosa

Power of Low-power

KBBF’s “plague” (“Voices Parry”) sounds like the same disease that has run rampant in our nation’s capitol with misappropriated federal funds.

At a time when most commercial radio stations have been taken over by large conglomerates, community stations such as KBBF are needed more than ever. Ironically, KBBF’s troubles have become the very news story a noncommercial public station would endeavor to report.

Fortunately there are alternatives for those who want radio “as a vehicle to communicate with the local community.” Sonoma County is home to the following low-power community stations (all on FM): KGGV 95.1, Guerneville; KOWS 107.3, Occidental; KSVY 91.3, Sonoma; and KWMR, 90.5 Pt. Reyes Station.

Cathy Corzine

This old stoner

In Gabe Meline’s Critic’s Choice (“Talkin’ Tampons,” March 25), he points out how new country stars Montgomery Gentry changed Robert Earl Keen’s lyrics around because they find Pampers less offensive than tampons. What a couple of douche bags! Disposable shit and “new country” music—there’s probably a connection somewhere . . .

A few years ago, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt covered Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” and changed his lyrics from “There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like getting high” to “There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like I could cry.” That one bugs this old stoner!

Doug Jayne
Santa Rosa

Track ’em All!

Recently, Attorney General Jerry Brown suggested violent-prone parolees/probationers be fitted with GPS devices. I agree with this proposal, but suggest a device be fitted to violent-prone perpetrators that would protect citizens and law enforcement to the nth degree.

A bracelet with a GPS tracking device, a radio beacon that would identify a potential violent subject to law enforcement, and a Taser capability to incapacitate a subject before citizens or law enforcement come to harm is possible.

Let’s think out of the box to protect our society from these proven violent individuals. Of course, the ACLU will have a field day with this proposal.

Lee Tolbert

Dept. of arrrgggh

Contrary to what we might have—OK, actually did—print in our March 18 Best Of issue, Petaluma’s Out West Garage is located in, say, Petaluma. Sometimes we mistake butter and eggs for hemp and quinoa and for that we are sorely sorry.

The Ed.
distracted by cheetos


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