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March 5 Letters to the Editor

Rising water rates

EDITOR: Santa Rosans can't complain about rising water rates, no sir ("Water rates again headed up in Santa Rosa," Monday). Cloverdale wants to raise rates 67 percent starting April 1 and 5 percent annually for the next three years. Cloverdalians should be grateful though that we have had no rate increases since 2005. We should be grateful that our city is so badly managed that no one in the city government foresaw all the problems with our water situation until now.

I've been reading about Cloverdale's water problems in the Reveille for years. It seems strange that city officials didn't pick up on it. We were told at a meeting that it takes three years to do all the work to justify a rate increase. Well, our last one was in 2005 — what happened to 2008 and 2011? Why didn't the city slowly and sensibly raise rates instead of dumping a 67 percent increase on residents?

I don't object to rate increases, but I do object to poor planning resulting in huge increases. Maybe we will have to bite the bullet and accept these increases, but city officials have a lot of answering to do to Cloverdale residents if we do. I hope residents demand an accounting. If we don't, we get what we deserve.



Bishop's pledge

EDITOR: Here is some unsolicited advice for the Catholic school educators of Sonoma County. Bishop Robert Vasa wants you to sign a affirmation of your adherence to church teaching in order to keep your job. Tell him, "Bishop, you go first. Sign a declaration that says that pedophilia, child abuse, sexual abuse of subordinates, extortion, blackmail, money laundering, financial fraud and the covering up of the same are modern errors that will be fully investigated and disclosed in the Santa Rosa Diocese — regardless of the statute of limitations."

I wonder if he'd have a problem with that.


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