EDITOR: Improving the dental health of low-income families in Sonoma County is a noble and just cause. In this tough economy, we need to try and meet this goal by making efficient and effective use of our taxpayer money. The question that should be asked is, why do low-income families have poorer dental health than higher income families? Do they drink different water than higher income families?
That answer is no, everyone drinks the same water. Do they have a different level of dental care than higher-income families? That answer is yes. This is the most likely cause of the poor dental health of low-income families in Sonoma County.
We should focus time and money on solutions for this issue. Fluoridation will not address the problem of the disparity in the dental health of low-income families. It is wasting a lot of the public's and supervisors' time and, if approved, would divert taxpayer money to something that does not address this problem.
EDITOR: The new Sonoma library includes mandatory self check-out (“Updated Sonoma library opens to rave reviews,” Wednesday). Librarians will no longer check out materials. The public is to learn how to do the librarians' job. No “rave review” for that. It should be, at most, a voluntary option for those who wish it. What's next? Self check-in? Self stacking?
EDITOR: The Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market's lease termination may
have surprised the public, but not the market operators. Paula Downing and her board have been trying to move this market for years. Just read their meeting minutes.
The county didn't raise the rent; it discontinued a subsidy the market has been getting for years. Downing told the county the market wouldn't stay if it had to pay full rent.
The Redwood Empire Farmers' Markets approached the county and offered to: