A drought buster?

EDITOR: Why is there no discussion of cloud seeding to increase either the Sierra snowpack or our local rainfall? It has been tried in the past and evidently has little or no environmental damage.



Pension board appointee

EDITOR: The labor groups that objected to the appointment of a member of the Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association to a County pension board reveal their truly radical position ("Pension board pick draws criticism," Wednesday).

Who has a more legitimate interest in how things are run in government than the taxpayers who pay for it all? To many it seems we have moved too far from Lincoln's government of, by and for the people to what the public employee unions would have, which is government of, by and for the employees.


President, Sonoma County Taxpayers Association

Good Samaritan

EDITOR: I would like to thank David Winslow for rescuing me during the recent rain storm. My vehicle broke down on Petaluma Boulevard near Stony Point Road, and that is a terrible intersection at any time. He is the only person who cared enough to take the time out of his rainy Friday night to help out a complete stranger — unlike the Petaluma police and Sonoma County sheriff's cars that just drove by.



Electricity forum

EDITOR: Beginning May 1, Sonoma Clean Power will offer to supply electricity to 14,000 business customers and 6,000 residential customers in target areas of unincorporated Sonoma County and in the cities of Cotati, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor.

The remaining 200,000-plus potential residential, commercial and agricultural customers will be provided with the same choice over the next two years.

To help address county consumers' approaching choices, an electricity forum, featuring energy principals Tom Bottorff, PG&E's senior vice president for regulatory affairs, and Geof Syphers, the CEO of Sonoma Clean Power, will be held at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, in Santa Rosa on at 7 p.m. March 4. Joe Como, the director of the office of ratepayer advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission, will moderate the discussion.

Seating at the electricity forum is limited. To reserve a seat, please email your name and email address to ElectricityForumSoCo@gmail.com.


Santa Rosa

For a new D.A.

EDITOR: I am a senior prosecutor in the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. I am supporting Victoria Shanahan for District Attorney against our boss. Why?

Shanahan has a strong moral compass that guides her decisions about justice. She has made decisions adverse to the Sheriff's Office, despite the fact that she is married to a deputy. She makes decisions based on one thing only — what is the right thing to do? She is not seeking office to feed her ego; in fact, she has no ego. She simply wants people to know the truth about the failings of this office.

Shanahan will be a leader — by taking a stand even if it is politically unpopular. She is courageous, after all she's running against her boss, despite fear of retaliation.

More importantly, Shanahan is transparent. She will not give you political spin when the news media calls and asks about a politically charged case. I am confident she would demand the same of all of those who work under her. You will only get the truth.

We are public servants for the people. Shanahan as district attorney would not forget that.

It's time for a change. Shanahan means change.