While we’re outlawing big-game hunting (“Open Season,” Aug. 5), how about outlawing big-game hair-extension hunting? If Cecil the Lion’s brother is missing, check out the DNA in Ann Coulter’s hair extensions. Either that’s some lion’s mane or, more likely, the hair from a dozen poor girls in some Third World country who have had their heads shaved for 10 cents to make the Ann Coulters of the world look good. Save the whales, save the lions and save the hair on the poor girls of the world.
We Must Be Nuts
In the July 27 Debriefer, Charlie Swanson writes that The Peanuts Movie “is the first time the iconic Peanuts characters have made it to the big screen.”
For shame! There have previously been four—count ’em, four!—Peanuts movies: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969); Snoopy, Come Home! (1972); Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! (1977); and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980), all originally released in theaters.
How on earth did nobody at the Bohemian catch this mistake? People take their Schulziana seriously around these parts!
Lots of people in the North Bay have backyard apples (“Apples Ascendant,” Aug. 5), most of which are just fine for homemade cider. There are community organizations you can join to learn more or do more. You can access the Slow Food Sebastopol community apple press at Burbank Farm for free, but you are limited to 100 pounds of apples. You can also buy apples from local farmers to press. (www.slowfoodrr.org.)
The California Rare Fruit Growers has a cider press available to members. They also offer hundreds of varieties of cuttings for grafting at their annual January event at the Santa Rosa Vets Building, including classes on how to easily graft apples and “fruit salad trees.” Go to www.crfg-redwood.org for event dates and membership info.
Dollars & Sense
A big thank you to Luis Santoyo-Mejía, members of the North Bay Organizing Project and every community member who continues to press our Sonoma County supervisors to do more than merely pass a feeble living-wage ordinance—like the one they passed June 9 (Open Mic, Aug. 5).
The measure of your success will be in your ability to channel your resolve, courage and passion for all things social justice into inspiring those who may be your detractors to accept the fact that no one deserves to be paid less than $15 an hour for performing often menial but necessary tasks—especially those who are providing caregiving services to the elderly and disabled in their own homes.
I am proud to stand with you on this issue.
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