Letters to the Editor


Ombudsman’s compliment

How good it is to know that investigative reporting is still alive, at least at the Bohemian. Gretchen Giles’ recent “The Ombudsman’s Complaint” (May 6) is a remarkable piece of journalism in this day and age.

Our current age of electronic media seems to make it easier for some to “invent” themselves, to by-pass the traditional expectation of integrity and ethical behavior. Losing the assurance that what is printed in the paper is accurate information undermines the goal of an informed public. Truth does matter.

Admitting past shortcomings is never easy, and I think it is even harder in print. You did it with great style. Thank you for that. Also a thank you to Beth Bosk of Mendocino County for contacting you and expressing her concerns. Here is hoping that KZYX will soon follow your lead. Better late than never. Hopefully, they also recognize that truth matters.

Dotty Coplen

Not from her mother

Re: “Big-Box Health” by Jessica Dur (Open Mic, May 6). What an amazing writer! This well-written piece of fact, opinion, humor, reality, insight and information has me filled with gratitude that such a clinic is available for the uninsured! Aside from that, this was enjoyable reading! Gifted writers who take ordinary events and express them using extraordinary talent, painting pictures of everyday events with their words—well, let me just acknowledge that it is an art, a God-given treasure.

Katherine Ray
Lafayette, LA.


Redwood rage

Every time I drive down Highway 101, I feel myself fill with a sense of rage. If you happen to be cruising along the freeway, you are bound to notice the construction underway from Healdsburg to Steele Lane in Santa Rosa but this isn’t what’s fueling my rage. Next time you’re driving along, take a gander to your right. Some may not notice anything abnormal, but for those who do, you will be appalled just as I am.

Due to the freeway widening project, dozens of redwood trees have been removed from the perimeter of the freeway. Many of these trees have been here for well over a 100 years, they’ve stood the test of time, yet in one swift swoop they were gone. And for what reasons have we committed this atrocity? So we can merely accommodate more cars on the already clogged freeway, cars that will inevitably continue to pollute the planet? Does anybody see the irony in this situation?

Carbon dioxide is the primary pollutant in the atmosphere, much of which is derived from cars. As fate will have it, trees and plants are one of few things that can help eliminate carbon dioxide from the environment. It doesn’t make sense to remove the trees so we can put more cars on the freeway when our planet is on the brink of catastrophe. As the destruction has already been, I can only learn to control my anger, hope that those trees will be replaced and, as global warming becomes more evident, trust people will become wiser about their future decisions.

Shannon Connor

Dept. of way-hey!

Gretchen Giles, editor of the North Bay Bohemian, finds it to be her great pleasure to announce that Gretchen Giles, editor of the North Bay Bohemian, is one of just 12 writers in the (whole! entire!) United States of America to be chosen to attend the first International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. State Department. Twelve other journalists and writers from the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia and other countries will also participate in this immersion program based at Washington, D.C.’s American University June 11–26.

We hasten to add that this is the third time that a Bohemian staffer or contributor has been honored in this way. In 2006, freelance theater reviewer David Templeton was selected to attend the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater’s 10-day intensive training at USC at the Annenberg School for Communication. In 2007, then–staff writer Patricia Lynn Henley was invited to participate in the Addiction Studies Program for Journalists, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Substance Abuse Policy Research Program Conference, as a result of her excellence in covering methamphetamine abuse in the North Bay.

Gretchen Giles, editor of the North Bay Bohemian, is pretty darned proud of us all.

Gretchen Giles
Editor of the North Bay Bohemian and NEA recipient kinda thingee