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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Outrageous noise</b>

EDITOR: I take issue with the letter from Wendy Gustafsson ("One man's quest," Monday) regarding leaf blowers in Sonoma. I find her suggestion that those whose homes are literally invaded on all sides with the outrageous noise from these dust distributors "put in earplugs, turn up (their) music or take a shower" to be insulting.

If I parked in front of her home and played loud music, revved up a Harley or ran a chainsaw every week for a half-hour, I think it wouldn't be long until I attracted her displeasure.

When I can't hear my television with all the windows shut, and as I watch the cloud of dust from my neighbor's yard settle in my yard and on my vehicles, it reminds me that the listed towns that have banned these obnoxious screaming machines are all very nice places to live and have shown an appreciation for assuring a quality of life that Sonoma could use as a good example.



<b>New bike law</b>

EDITOR: I can just see it now. A 10-foot lane, a double line; bikes get three feet, and cars get seven feet. Any coastal road or winery road will have four bikes with 20 or 30 cars backed up behind them. Don't lawmakers have even an ounce of common sense?



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