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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.

RICHARD J. SENGHAS

Cotati

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.

Well done and bon appetit, French-American school.

BEATRICE KINKEAD BLANCHARD

Glen Ellen

Terrible mistake

EDITOR: In regards to the Boy Scouts of America caving in against its century-old charter of being "morally straight," I think this has a lot less to do with allowing gay youth from enjoying the benefits of being a member than it has to do with homosexual militants busting the chops of an organization that wouldn't adopt their agenda of indoctrinating children in the ways of the LGBT lifestyle.

Unfortunately, the BSA has become addicted to large donations from corporations, and the threat of losing the funds was probably the main reason behind the change in policy.

Now that the Sodomites have their foot in the door, they won't rest until adult homosexuals are allowed into the Scouts as leaders. In the long run, the BSA will find that it made the same kind of terrible mistake as the Catholic church did when it allowed pedophiles to infiltrate. The only difference is the mainstream media will cover up the end result of what happens to the Scouts.

BRAD POTTER

Fulton

Kids' menu

EDITOR: Regarding the planned French cuisine at the new Santa Rosa charter school: I can imagine the kids asking, what's wrong with French fries and French toast?

TED CROWELL

Healdsburg

Just no to SAY

EDITOR: We want our neighbors to be aware that Sutter is planning to donate the former Warrack Hospital to SAY — Social Advocates for Youth. SAY plans to open 100 beds to house at-risk youths from ages 18 to 24. These plans include opening a Medi-Cal office and several undisclosed nonprofit offices. We felt their presentation seemed intentionally vague and misleading.

As homeowners in the surrounding area, we feel that it would be a mistake to allow this facility to operate in our neighborhood. We were told that these youths would be free to come and go all hours of the day and night. We are fearful that this would lead to loitering on our streets, taking away our peace and tranquility and jeopardizing our safety.

And let's not forget that when we sell our homes, it will have to be disclosed that this facility exists, which can cause loss of a buyer and/or property devaluation.

JOE and MARGO LEO

Santa Rosa