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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Misplaced blame

EDITOR: Your article regarding the financial difficulties at Bennett Valley Golf Course did a disservice to Bob Borowicz and to your readers.

You reported that Borowicz receives a $900,000 management fee plus revenue from the driving range, cart rentals and merchandise. What's not reported is that the maintenance staff, assistant pros and other course personnel work for Borowicz, not the city. Far from pocketing that million dollars plus each year, he's paying the employees who keep an excellent golf facility running.

Although your omission paints an unfair picture, there's a more salient issue. The City Council approved an ill-timed $10 million project for a clubhouse and restaurant that neither Borowicz nor golfers asked for. The $262,000 yearly shortfall is due entirely to the $500,000 service on the construction debt.

Your article focused inordinately on flyspeck issues such as rainchecks and a few free rounds of golf as important components of this problem. In fact, it was poor judgment and lack of accountability on the part of elected officials that brought us to this point. What a surprise.

MIKE BEAVERS

Santa Rosa

Livestock killed

EDITOR: We've had sheep, goats and chickens killed in the past 35 years ("Bear may have killed goats in Monte Rio," Friday). Wild animals eat them all, and dogs tear them up and leave them dying. Owners let dogs out unsupervised, and they are teenagers with keys to the Porsche.

WEEDY TUHTANJOSEPH


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