<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.
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
<b>At the crossroads</b>
EDITOR: We are being served a traffic nightmare that I never would have have imagined in Rohnert Park. The casino is something that we didn't want, but it got stuffed down our throats anyway. Congratulations are in order; we are now the crossroads between greed and exploitation of human weakness.
EDITOR: I have about had it up to here with the arrogance and self-serving attitudes of our public servants at every level.
Did Supervisor Efren Carrillo really need to tear a hole in a window screen in order to peep? I doubt that any reasonable person is at all confused about his criminal intent. And what about the charade of the alcohol treatment? The "disease" made him do it. Maybe all the delay had to do with letting the public cool down somewhat before he had to confront them in addition to enabling him to qualify for his pension. Would all citizens be treated the way he has been?
If it could be proven that the deputies followed proper procedures in the Andy Lopez shooting, we would be examining the procedures rather than the motives of the deputy. Why don't deputies carry video cameras? Why don't we have a citizens' review board as was recommended some years back? And with all there is at stake, does it make sense that our elected officials won't talk to us "on advice of counsel"?
No attorney's opinion is going to help these representatives much when they next come up for re-election.