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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

History and hysteria

EDITOR: Should people in Sonoma County, weighing the merits of Sonoma Clean Power, take a look at Marin County's 2009 grand jury report that recommended ditching the Marin Clean Energy effort (“Opting out,” Letters, July 5)? Sure they should, if only to see how comically wrong reality has proven that grand jury to be.

They will see that the naysayers' hand-wringing about the alleged “risk,” “high rates” and “bureaucracy” is laughable in hindsight. The report has been thrown into history's dustbin by Marin Clean Energy's three years of successful operation — new, clean, renewable energy being developed in California, including several megawatts already in Marin, as well as $4 million in new energy efficiency programs underway.

The moth-eaten “Pull the Plug” report, in light of subsequent reality, sounds a lot like the equally groundless pro-PG&E propaganda shown in recent letters to the editor. We in Marin have heard it all before, and it's hokum. So, in Sonoma as in Marin, we say, give ratepayers a right to choose — a dynamic, cleaner, safe mix of power with Sonoma Clean Power's alternatives or a continued, laggard, bureaucratic PG&E monopoly that is no choice at all.

EDWARD MAINLAND

Novato

It's trucks, not monks

EDITOR: I was saddened to see that my neighbors are making complaints about the the planned improvements in the buildings at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center (“Zen cener plans hit snag,” Friday.

I wonder that I have not heard these same neighbors complain about the massive grape and garbage trucks that are the real problem on our miserable roads.

The Sonoma Mountain center is an island of peace in this hectic world. It is to be cherished, not attacked.

MONICA SCHWALBENBERG-PEÑA

Santa Rosa

No apology needed

EDITOR: I don't feel that Sonoma State University owed the student who was working for the student government an apology (“SSU apologizes to student,” Tuesday). It seems to me a certain attire should have been worn with no religious affiliation, especially since SSU is not a religious-slanted campus.

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