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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A successful program</b>

EDITOR: I wasn't sure whether to be amused or appalled when reading Sandy Metzger's letter regarding Sonoma Clean Power ("Opting out," Friday). It was d??vu all over again. The assertions are reminiscent of propaganda that flooded Marin in 2009 and 2010, paid for by PG&E at a cost of millions of dollars. Oddly coincidental, the grand jury report she referred to came out in December 2009, fully 5? months earlier than reports are normally released. In spite of the efforts to derail Marin Clean Energy, we flipped the switch on May 7, 2010, serving more than 6,000 customers.

Skepticism was understandable then — nothing like this existed in California until that point (although this model is wildly successful in Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts). But in three short years, Marin Clean Energy has shown the naysayers and skeptics that this is a successful model. Even Marin's most conservative towns, Novato and Corte Madera, joined, as has Richmond. Marin Clean Energy now serves more than 90,000 customers, delivering 51 percent to 100 percent renewable electricity at competitive rates.

Sonoma Clean Power will give ratepayers a choice that hasn't existed before. By joining Sonoma Clean Power, Santa Rosa's City Council would give ratepayers an opportunity to make an informed decision, including opting out and staying with PG&E.

LESLIE ALDEN

Corte Madera

<b>Equal protection</b>

EDITOR: William Rothe ("Undermining voters," Letters, July 2) is typical of the vast problem of ignorance we continue to face as a society. What he and many others don't understand about the initiative process is that it's not OK for the majority to vote to pass a law that restricts or takes away civil rights from a minority. That is clearly unconstitutional. Our constitution provides equal protection to all, not just the majority.

All the arguments against gay marriage and "protecting" heterosexual marriage are laughable at best. Not a single one has made the least bit of sense.

People are always afraid of things they don't understand. But what I'll never understand is how gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage. It's all just fear mongering to justify bigotry.


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