Letters to the Editor: March 4, 2015

First, prevent waste; Shame on us; Don't go Napa on us, supervisors; Sorry, Tom


Nice article on the composting and cover-cropping practices by Chateau Montelena (“Dirt Farmers,” Feb. 25). One thing that jumped out at me and that’s worthy of another article is how much more work needs to be done to prevent food waste in the first place. When food waste or food scraps are generated, we need to make sure that what is perfectly edible and nutritious gets to hungry people first and then to compost or energy generation. The work of groups like Food Shift or ExtraFood.org needs to be front and center in this effort. Also, businesses in the waste-management sector need to transform their models from making money off waste to making money by preventing waste.

Nick Papadopoulos

Via Bohemian.com


It’s only a matter of time before the Press Democrat announces Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s reelection campaign, and endorses him. All I can say to the people of Sonoma County is: Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us over and over again, we must all be Efren idiots.

Thomas Morabito



Thanks for running Shepherd Bliss’ excellent Open Mic column (“Enough Is Enough,” Feb. 25) about the growing backlash against winery overdevelopment.

Despite the fact that the Guy Fieri winery project was recently rejected by the Sonoma County Planning Commission, this was only one of two winery projects to be rebuffed in the past several decades.

With California in the middle of one of the most severe droughts on record, it’s hard to fathom why proposals for winery/resort/event center projects continue to be considered by our county.

Napa Valley supervisors have had an ongoing discussion about limiting new wineries because they are running out of space and water.

It’s time to consider a moratorium on major winery/event center developments. Let’s take a lesson from Napa County and learn from their mistakes before it’s too late.

Padi Selwyn



In last week’s “Ghost Stories” article, Tom Gaffey’s name was misspelled. We apologize to Tom, and we regret the error.

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