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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Growth machine</b>

EDITOR: Sonoma voters should be highly skeptical about the false promises and scare tactics used by the pro-growth cheerleaders whom Bob Mosher calls "the profiteers" in his eloquent letter in support of Measure B ("Limit big hotels," Nov. 7).

Sonomans might profit from the sad example of Calistoga. Last year, citizens were talked into approving two huge, inappropriate resorts. Voters were told the mega-resorts would give a big boost to business and solve fiscal problems. Residents were assured that new revenue would "stabilize water and sewer rates, possibly lowering them" and that "if all the planned developments were to be built . . . water and sewer systems would break even without requiring significant rate increases."

The big boost in the local economy may come to pass — sometime in the distant future. Meanwhile, there is serious doubt whether water/wastewater service is adequate even for present residents. Adding to the outrage, our City Council is planning a big increase in water rates. So a word to wise Sonomans: Beware of the hollow promises and dubious threats of the growth machine. Vote yes for your town.



<b>Pointless letters</b>

EDITOR: A recent letter took my breath away. It asked if Andy Lopez was a problem child ("Catering to protesters," Tuesday). And his point was? He went on to ask if Andy's parents were in the country legally and where they were employed. OK, so let me play this out — legal and gainfully employed? No green card, no job, accidents happen. The shooting is a travesty. I question whether The Press Democrat should even print this type of letter.



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