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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A healthy proposal</b>

EDITOR: I want to commend Linda Proulx and Steve Rabinowitsh for their tireless work in moving the southeast greenway campaign forward ("Greenway dreams," Sept. 4). When addressing the dilemma of cost of the land versus the value created by meeting greenhouse-gas reduction goals, building community by providing a sense of place and improving non-motorized transportation, Proulx put it succinctly in that "there are ways to create value that aren't necessarily dollar bills."

Acquiring the 50-acre strip of land is a perfect example of how a local government can act with foresight when opportunity knocks. During the Sept. 16 Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance action plan forum, Supervisor Shirlee Zane quoted Tip O'Neill, "All politics is local." Her statement was followed by Supervisor Susan Gorin, who envisions Sonoma County as the "healthiest community by 2020," and Public Health Officer Lynn Silver illustrating that our obesity problem is rooted in environmental and community factors.

While the city and state consider the highest possible value for the greenway, it's my hope that a sensible approach based on how to meet the goals outlined by the supervisors and health officer will prevail. The greenway is ripe for the picking. Let's keep the ball moving.

JAMES JOHNSON

Windsor

<b>No more delays</b>

EDITOR: I hereby assert my right <i>not</i> to bear arms and my right <i>not</i> to be endangered by those who do. I strongly urge others of like mind to do the same.

After the most recent mass shooting in Chicago, in which, fortunately, 13 people were only wounded, but which occurred just three days after 12 people were killed in the Washington Navy Yard massacre, it's clear that we must have stricter regulation of guns.

Despite the efforts of the Second Amendment crowd to put guns in the hands of everyone, even young children, all in the name of making us safer, we are less safe than ever before.


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