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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Measure B opponents</b>

EDITOR: A diverse cross-section of groups and individuals are opposing Measure B because they realize the unintended consequences it would have on city services and our quality of life. The Sonoma County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and North Bay Labor Council represent diverse interests, and they stand united against Measure B because of its long-term, negative impacts on our town. Even 30-year Greenbelt Alliance member Laney Thornton has spoken out against Measure B.

Meanwhile, proponents of Measure B have picked up just one organizational endorsement from a board of directors whose members all live outside of the city of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley at large. One of the board members happens to be the wife of Warren Watkins, who has vowed to emulate Measure B in Healdsburg. There is no doubt the Watkins effect helped influence the only organization backing those in favor of Measure B.

The diverse and widespread opposition to Measure B derives from the multitude of community organizations and Sonoma residents who see the bigger picture and haven't bought into the scare tactics or misleading sound bites. It's no wonder why they will be protecting our quality of life by voting no on B.

STEVE BURNS

Sonoma

<b>Lethal force</b>

EDITOR: Lethal force should only be used when all lesser means have failed. Ten seconds equals a knee-jerk reaction, resulting in a community tragedy. Such was the case in the taking of 13-year-old Andy Lopez's life. Not an intelligent or well-thought-out evaluation of the situation and a flagrant disregard for public safety. What ever happened to "protect and serve"?

HUGH J. (JIM) MAGUIRE

Santa Rosa


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