EDITOR: Sally Quady's letter ("Shrunken park," Wednesday) concludes with a disingenuous statement: "Score one for special interests." The Forestville Local's Alliance is composed of ordinary citizens with a genuine interest in the future of the community. The same is true of the Forestville Planning Association.
Through a process of open negotiation, at the request of Supervisor Efren Carrillo and Bill Keene of the Open Space District, a compromise regarding the eight acres in downtown Forestville was reached. An accurate description of the agreement is that five acres will be set for mixed use, and three acres will be set for open space.
One of the five mixed-use acres will be for a town square with a parking lot. That acre and the three open-space acres will be covered by a conservation easement. The net result is that you have four acres for open space and four acres for development. This compromise was reached after many meetings and brainstorming sessions between both groups.
It is unfortunate that Quady didn't attend the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Oct. 22 where the supervisors unanimously passed this resolution. Had she attended, she would have heard the representatives of the Forestville Planning Association and the Forestville Local's Alliance, the supervisors and other ordinary citizens praise the results achieved by this process.
<b>Guns do kill</b>
EDITOR: The National Rifle Association teaches "guns don't kill people, people kill people." If it's true that under some circumstances law enforcement has less than a second to decide to kill or be killed, then guns do indeed kill people. Even toy guns.
EDITOR: Lead in the environment is toxic. Environmental policy based on suspect science is worse. The California condor survives today thanks to the Herculean efforts of conservationists who nursed the population from 22 remaining animals to more than 400.
The main mortality culprit: environmental lead. Lead hunting bullets were banned in 2007 within the California condor zone stretching from San Jose to Los Angeles. Yet condor blood lead levels within the zone remain alarmingly high despite a 99 percent hunter compliance rate.
Now Assembly Bill 711 has passed banning lead hunting ammunition throughout the state while the real source of the environmental lead poisoning condors has yet to be traced. Toxic policy indeed.
EDITOR: While responsibilities often take me away from Sonoma County, including last week when Andy Lopez died, it's a sad and serious situation that has been reported upon worldwide. In fact, I read about it on the BBC website. To be included with reporting about Syria, Iran and North Korea is not something to be proud about as a Sonoma County resident.
While it can be expected that the actions of the deputies will be thoroughly investigated, that will take time. Meanwhile, why did the county decide to foment fear rather than help with healing? Residents chose to peacefully march from Santa Rosa City Hall to Santa Rosa Junior College, then onto the Sheriff's Office. Was closing the county administrative offices and the courts intended as a sign of welcome and respect for their legitimate concerns? Of course not. It was yet another example of "fear of the other."