Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Outrageous noise

EDITOR: I take issue with the letter from Wendy Gustafsson (“One man’s quest,” Monday) regarding leaf blowers in Sonoma. I find her suggestion that those whose homes are literally invaded on all sides with the outrageous noise from these dust distributors “put in earplugs, turn up (their) music or take a shower” to be insulting.

If I parked in front of her home and played loud music, revved up a Harley or ran a chainsaw every week for a half-hour, I think it wouldn’t be long until I attracted her displeasure.

When I can’t hear my television with all the windows shut, and as I watch the cloud of dust from my neighbor’s yard settle in my yard and on my vehicles, it reminds me that the listed towns that have banned these obnoxious screaming machines are all very nice places to live and have shown an appreciation for assuring a quality of life that Sonoma could use as a good example.



New bike law

EDITOR: I can just see it now. A 10-foot lane, a double line; bikes get three feet, and cars get seven feet. Any coastal road or winery road will have four bikes with 20 or 30 cars backed up behind them. Don’t lawmakers have even an ounce of common sense?



Combating truancy

EDITOR: Tuesday’s article about truancy (“Truants cost local schools $20 million”) underscores the academic and financial impact of chronic absenteeism in the Redwood Empire.

A Sonoma County elementary school pilot program called Project School Attendance Mediation is innovative in its approach because it doesn’t limit its support to families with students who are “truant,” meaning “absent without a valid excuse, such as illness, medical or dental appointment.” Recourse Mediation Services intervenes and provides local agency referrals to parents whose children may be missing 10 percent or more of instruction for any reason, including anxiety, physical complaints, lack of social engagement or family problems.

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