Yes on B
EDITOR: One year ago, I moved to Sonoma. I could have made my new home in any part of the world. I chose Sonoma, drawn by factors such as its size, charm, beauty, clean air, locally owned shops and restaurants with unique quality and flavors and much more — factors now threatened by growth pressures that we see forever altering the character of neighboring communities such as Napa and Healdsburg, among others.
Regarding Measure B, both sides claim the same goal — preservation and protection of our distinctive community. Unlimited growth, however, may easily defeat the goal.
Small hotels that conform with the scale and charm of Sonoma would help to maintain the charm, ease and appeal that brings tourists, homebuyers, shoppers and new business to our valley. Big hotels undoubtedly would burden us with even greater traffic congestion, increased air pollution as, with engines idling, we try to inch our way into an endless stream of vehicles, a threatened supply of groundwater and jeopardy to charming B&Bs, mom-and-pop shops, restaurants and bars.
Sonoma's appeal as a tourist destination easily could diminish. Yes on Measure B ensures that as we grow, we will grow in proportion to the Sonoma we cherish.
LINDA WOLCOTT MOORE
A tragic mistake
EDITOR: A family suffered the loss of a boy who was killed by a deputy sheriff after turning around with what appeared to be an assault rifle, despite being asked twice to drop the gun. Many people are angry and demanding justice.
But can there be an expectation for justice in a world that is fascinated by guns and has such an appetite for violence that there is little distinction between reality and play? We are entertained by violence. We buy fake guns and make a game out of shooting people.
In real life, children are shooting teachers, husbands are shooting wives, and angry people are shooting random strangers. All of this violence, in play and on our streets, is confusing and chaotic. The police are trained to handle chaos and confusion, but they're not immune to it. What happened was a tragic mistake with unimaginable consequences for everyone involved.