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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Planning a garden</b>

EDITOR: Tribal chairman Greg Sarris confessed that the development of the Graton Resort & Casino is "just a step" toward his real goal of becoming a "keeper of the land" and creating "sustainable organic gardens" ("Casino: A new opportunity," Nov. 6). I'm a big fan of organic and sustainable gardens myself and would like to build one. Before I do, I wanted to check with Sarris to make sure I understand all the steps in the process:

; Buy 400 acres of active farmland and sensitive wetlands in the Laguna de Santa Rosa at inflated prices.

; Pave over these sensitive wetlands to build a parking lot for 5,700 cars.

; Build a 340,000-square-foot concrete structure on top of the recharge area responsible for capturing the region's precious groundwater.

; Drill two 600-foot deep wells into the aquifer, and divert water from local farms to the concrete structure.

; Entice hordes of tourists to get into their cars and buses, spewing greenhouse gases on their way to these sensitive wetlands where they will park on top of the re-charge area responsible for capturing the region's precious groundwater.

; Plant an organic garden. Water as necessary (if there is any left).

SELENA POLSTON

Sebastopol


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