EDITOR: At the risk of stating the obvious, we are in a severe drought. We don't need the governor to declare it or to read the rainfall totals in the paper. It's obvious. While some of us have been concerned for some time and have taken steps to conserve this precious resource, I still see neighbors watering their lawns and washing their cars.
There are many things each of us can do every day to save water. The Sonoma County Water Agency's website — scwa.ca.gov — has some great recommendations on simple ways to conserve. Let's all do our part to lessen the impact of this historic drought.
EDITOR: To me, Pete Seeger was a bodhisattva — a kind of living saint akin to Nelson Mandela — who brought incalculable amounts of light and joy over many decades to so many. Seeger was Mensa-level musically gifted, and his sustained determination to work tirelessly for peace and justice was an exemplar for how to keep on carrying on in our beautiful beleaguered world.
I hope that efforts to nominate Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize are renewed.
Violence against women
EDITOR: The issue of violence against women is serious, and the truth is shocking — according to the United Nations, one in three women on the planet will be raped, beaten or sexually abused in their lifetime. That is one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers or nieces.
The Petaluma Police Department reported 152 domestic violence incidents in 2011. Countless incidents go unreported. It is unacceptable that any act of violence should go unreported or that a victim should be silent.
One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to survivors of violence to gather safely in community outside places or public gathering places where people deserve to feel safe. It is a call to break the silence through art, dance, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever feels right.