A boozer’s Disneyland
EDITOR: The Harvest Fair must remain a diverse venue for all. It’s the gardener’s showcase for home-grown veggies and late-blooming flowers. It’s for local photographers and teenage artists. It’s for livestock growers and home-canning aficionados. Where else can you find Sonoma County’s largest pumpkin?
Beer and wine are great — for our local economy, for responsible fun and entertainment — but Sonoma County is so much more than a boozer’s Disneyland.
At the Harvest Fair, our growing number of baby boom retirees can explore new hobbies, learn to bake bread, grow tomatoes and watercolor paint. Pull out an old family recipe, make, bake or can it. Try something daring and new. Anyone can compete. I won first place for a decorated lunch bag last fall.
Where else can we, and our schoolchildren, be inspired and awed by the talent and bounty of Sonoma County?
We don’t need to cut these parts from our Harvest Fair; we need to promote them, encourage them, inspire our neighbors and ourselves to participate more, create more. The Harvest Fair is a place where arts, crafts and imaginations grow. It needs to remain a showcase of our diversity, our talent and our fun.
Church and state
EDITOR: Many argue that allowing same-sex couples to marry would destroy the sanctity of marriage. However, this sanctity has already been destroyed through the government’s involvement with marriage. The government should never have coined the term “marriage” to describe a legal bond between two people. Marriage has always been a religious institution, and, due to the separation of church and state, should not be tampered with by the state.
It would be more appropriate for the government to create laws that provide equal protections for legally bonded partners (whether this be the traditional religious-style marriage or others) while leaving religious organizations to define religious marriage in their own ways.