.Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2018

'Now the overly sensitive and politically correct types seem to be the Republicans'

Bad ‘Cops’

Still no signs of anything approaching enlightenment or intelligent life in law enforcement in the fascist USA. The militarism, arrogance and injustice of the “justice” system marches on unabated, amid the ignorance and apathy of the masses who will suffer their fates at the hands of the gladiators still clinging to their delusions of freedom and democracy. This U.S. culture is stunningly dumb and blind. Cops is for totalitarian apologists and thugs. Cops does not serve and protect. Cops is bad for people and other living beings. Cops is yet another symptom of the deterioration of sensibility and compassion in a nation of violence and hate.

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My household in Sebastopol strongly condemns this project (“Action,” May 2). It is wrong-headed and not the way I want to think of our police and sheriff’s department. It seems that they, however, are enthusiastic about it, so clearly I am out of touch. I’ve only lived here for two years. Disappointing in the extreme. Only two Santa Rosa City Council members against?! Shame on you.

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Read All About It

As the 2017 chair of the Napa Valley Vintners board of directors, I worked with other community members to develop what has become Measure C. I’m writing to encourage you to join me in voting yes on C.

There is a lot of noise out there right now as people take sides and disseminate various arguments regarding development of the Napa Valley. There are those who believe that the future of the valley depends upon more growth, and others who wish to limit growth.

In 1968, when the Agriculture Preserve was originally created, many people voted against their own economic self-interest to protect the land and limit its exploitation. We are facing another such decision, and as a vintner and longtime resident, I am deeply concerned that a no vote on Measure C will erode decades of important protection of our precious land.

Measure C will not stop agriculture and, in fact, only pertains to certain specific areas in the agricultural watershed. Currently, there are thousands of acres that could be developed, as well as thousands more that are already entitled to development but have not been developed. I’m concerned that inaccurate information is being circulated as both sides of the argument fight for a win.

I urge you to carefully read Measure C for yourselves and try to disregard the slanted and misleading arguments that are circulating. After understanding exactly what the measure will and will not do, I hope that you will also vote yes.


Up Is Down

Well, with the brutal assault on our democracy, a little brutal comedy seemed appropriate (“Not Funny,” May 2). Some can dish it out, but not take it. Now the overly sensitive and politically correct types seem to be the Republicans. What next—will they start hugging trees?

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