Water and building
EDITOR: This will tick some people off. Sonoma County residents are facing possible water conservation restrictions/measures with the Board of Supervisors approval ("Countywide water limits likely in April," Wednesday). Supervisor Shirlee Zane was quoted as saying that "drastic times call for drastic measures." I would hope that the board is also considering imposing a moratorium on all building in the county. After all, the current residential and commercial users will be ordered to cut back their usage. What is the point of increasing the population and water usage at this time?
Healdsburg and Cloverdale have already imposed restrictions on water consumption. They should also act to restrict all construction until the situation improves. Maybe it is also time to explore the expansion of our storage systems. Yes, drastic times require drastic measures.
A challenge grant?
EDITOR: I will participate in the upcoming Undy 5000 described in Chris Smith's Tuesday column, and I will donate $100 if Supervisor Efren Carrillo leads the pack.
End the embargo
EDITOR: We recently returned from a visit to Cuba. We viewed sustainable agriculture, local medicine, music, art and Cuban history. Cuba is a country experiencing socio-political transformation. The Cuban people were extraordinary, and we witnessed a culture rarely portrayed in the American media.
It is time to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba. This government policy has utterly failed, except to produce hardship and suffering among the common people of Cuba. A recent United Nations resolution condemned the embargo, with only the United States and Israel voting against it. The European Union is now expressing interest in establishing relations with Cuba. Latin America is watching to see who will take the lead in bringing about the embargo's inevitable fall. If the U.S. fails to do this, the result can only be another loss of reputation in the eyes of the world.
We should act now to do what is right and put an end to this. We must end the Cuban embargo and stop contributing to human suffering.
I encourage each reader to express their opinions to our elected officials in Washington. There is much at stake here.
EDITOR: The Olympic Games not only give us pride in our athletes but also some global perspective. Twenty-six years ago, the Soviet Union and East Germany fielded strong teams and impressive individual athletes. Over the past two weeks, a reunified Germany and 14 other free nations — formally under Soviet domination — competed in Sochi for their own national pride and collectively won at least 49 medals. Fifteen populations now have at least some of the benefits of a free society that we Americans enjoy. America and her allies should be proud in the role they played in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
EDITOR: After reading the Rancho Feeding Corp. investigation details, I question why people would want to eat a cow. Everyone should know by now that consuming red meat contributes to the risk of serious health problems (heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes). Now add to that the unsavory process revealed in the article of delivering these docile, pastoral animals to the slaughterhouse to be butchered.