May 30 Letters to the Editor

Cotati clean power

EDITOR: If the city of Cotati is to have any official input and voice as Sonoma Clean Power moves forward (with or without us), the city must join the governing board as a participating city. It would behoove Cotati to take an early, active role in this major regional initiative. Our city should not be left dithering on the sidelines as observers; there are far too many implications for residents, businesses and our community to be left without a voice.

Second, the City Council is supposed to protect the rights and increase the opportunities of residents. In this case, if the city chooses to opt out of the Sonoma Clean Power initiative, it prevents all of its residents and businesses from choosing for themselves whether they can or should participate based on their individual circumstances and their critical thinking and drawing on all the evidence available to them. Isn't such an opportunity for choice supposed to be the foundation of our market economies?

For these reasons, I strongly encourage the city of Cotati to formally join the Sonoma Clean Power authority and to do so with as little delay as possible, so that our potential opportunities are maximized.



Sabotaging school

EDITOR: Chris Coursey is sabotaging the French-American school's efforts to improve eating habits of its students ("Why don't we try to make all schools great schools?" Saturday).

To claim that this bold effort to improve lunchtime fare represents "just one more step in the racial and socioeconomic segregation of Santa Rosa schools" is to oppose progress for all. There may be forces tending to separate socioeconomic strata in Santa Rosa, but a group of parents and school founders improving the lunches in their school is not one of them.

If one wants to improve something, one must start somewhere. Let's encourage other schools to use this as a model so that all children will benefit. The French-American school should be congratulated, not criticized, for starting this innovation for better eating in schools.

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