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Monday's Letters to the Editor


<b>Coloring power green</b>

EDITOR: Let me get this straight. Sonoma Clean Power can claim it is greener than PG&E by buying credits that say it is green ("Clean Power touts its green credentials," Friday). By that logic, it could buy additional credits and be completely green.

In reality, the only thing that has changed is that you will pay more to buy these credits. Nothing has changed in the amount of carbon dioxide produced.

By that logic, PG&E could buy credits and be greener than Sonoma Clean Power. Again, nothing would change except that PG&E's rates would go up also. How dumb does Sonoma Clean Power think the public is?

DENNIS MARVIN

Santa Rosa

<b>Conservative advice</b>

EDITOR: Many years ago, anti-government radicals took to the streets to protest. The conservative response was, "America, love it or leave it." Last weekend in Washington, anti-government tea party radicals took to the streets in protest. The response should and will be the same — America, love it or leave it.

ADRIENNE LARSON

Sebastopol

<b>Then and now</b>

EDITOR: Dave Kilmer ("Prophecy fulfilled," Extra Letters, Oct. 10) wrote to remind us how in 2006, Sen. Barack Obama said raising the debt limit was a sign of reckless fiscal policy and leadership failure. What he doesn't want us to remember is that when Obama said this, we were in the midst of two credit-card wars that George W. Bush refused to pay for in a healthy economy — as opposed to now when President Obama is trying to revive an economy that Kilmer's anti-regulation heroes wrecked in the first place.

LARRY KALDER

Windsor

<b>Domestive violence</b>

EDITOR: October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

As we pause to reflect on the toll this crime takes on our community, we realize that one in four women will be a victim. At a recent luncheon in Santa Rosa, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflected about the time she worked as a trial judge. She said a majority of domestic violence cases fell apart before they got into court. Sadly, that statistic hasn't changed as much as we'd like, despite the dedication of people in organizations such as the YWCA, law enforcement agencies and my office.

The good news is we are joining together to provide support and services to victims. Additionally, we are seeking accountability on the part of the offender whenever possible, and it's making a difference.

Providing these victims with safety and hope is the work of all of us. We should reflect on what each of us can do to help someone in distress each day.

JILL RAVITCH

Sonoma County district attorney

<b>Airport dispute</b>

EDITOR: Your article on our business, Leland Fly Fishing, and an upcoming Board of Zoning Adjustments hearing was a welcome departure from the overheated, misleading rhetoric generated by our neighbor and detractor, the Sonoma Valley Airport ("Fishing outfitter in land-use battle with airport, county," Oct. 3).

One point warrants clarification. The article states that concern over our pond as a potential safety hazard for pilots is at the center of a dispute between the county, the airport and us. We have no dispute with the county over the pond, aviation safety or anything else. Indeed, the BZA hearing for final approval of our permits reflects accord with county planners on improvements to our property, mitigation measures and our business plan.

The only conflict is between common sense and the hysteria being whipped up by the airport owners, Chris Prevost and Sheryl Carlucci. They assert our pond might attract birds that might pose a threat to pilots. Yet they fail to mention our pond is maintained in a manner that deters waterfowl. They also leave out that their airport borders protected wetland that is bird habitat — and that they allow their own much larger airport pond to remain entirely unmanaged — rich in wildlife and shoreline vegetation, a bird oasis.

JOSHUA and LAUREL FRAZIER

Sonoma