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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Alcohol near schools

EDITOR: The article regarding marketing alcohol and tobacco near schools that appeared in Thursday's paper was spot on as to the acquiescence of today's county and school officials ("Grocers under scrutiny"). There is a proposal for a winery, tasting room/entertainment center on Willowside Road (owned by celebrity Guy Fieri) approximately 600?feet from Olivet School.

It has the approval of the county Permit Resource Management Department, our county supervisor is aware of it, and Piner Olivet School officials have voiced no concern. I guess they see no problem with wine-tasting drivers, bicyclists and children going to school, all on a small two-lane road.

All the while, a local celebrity is promoting his wine right down the street from the school.

SCOTT D. BOWEN

Santa Rosa

Clean Power costs

EDITOR: OK, Sonoma Clean Power is going to be selling residents supposedly cleaner power at, perhaps, 2 percent to 3 percent less than PGE. OK, sounds good — not a big savings, but at least a smaller carbon footprint. (Then there are those who hate PG&E.) So we get a good, warm, fuzzy feeling.

I know Sonoma Clean Power is a nonprofit and aims to be entirely self-funded. Good again. However, I ask is there enough profit in buying and selling the power that we can pay CEO Geof Syphers his $200,000 annual income, advisory committees and the salaries of his eventual projected staff of 15 minions, all of whom, I presume are county employees with millions in future unfunded pensions?

I admit I do not know the whole story, but do we still feel so fuzzy? Then again, California could dry up and revert back to the desert it was several thousand years ago.


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