Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A local asset</b>

EDITOR: As a 25-year Bennett Valley resident, driver of local roads, bicycle rider and hiker, I feel qualified to discuss the Highway 12 extension, which Caltrans has decided is no longer needed for a freeway. This field of weeds, which has been sitting fallow for 50 years, can become a "field of dreams" that offers bicycling and hiking paths, community gardens, urban forest and stream restoration and limited commercial amenities.

Whereas a highway might have saved five to 10 minutes of driving time, a greenway would connect with other Sonoma County bike paths and provide safe routes to school and shopping. It would be an urban oasis in an already built-out part of our city, increasing recreational opportunities and property values.

I'm reminded of the vote on San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway, where residents defeated the road proposal because of the blight it would have caused. Now, the refurbished Embarcadero area is a dynamic and inviting area of that great city.

Aren't we lucky that Caltrans isn't building a road through the heart of our city and a bridge over Spring Lake? And wouldn't an urban greenway be a wonderful asset to have instead?


Santa Rosa

<b>Syria's escalation</b>

EDITOR: Just a thought: Why is Syria stepping up the game when it has been doing so well killing people with bullets? Are the Syrians running out of ammo? Is Iran getting fed up with supplying them? Will Syria maybe flat-line one of these days?


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