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.
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.
EDITOR: Since 1976, Project Censored has written about hundreds of sensitive and controversial issues, and despite sometimes relentless criticism, it has yet to retract a story.
One such story dealt with the reported massacre on June 4, 1989 in China's Tiananmen Square. It was a well-publicized international story, identified by the iconic photo of a young activist standing up to a tank.
However, our story, without an iconic photo, reported that there was no massacre. It was ranked 19th of our censored stories of 1990. Its low ranking by our judges was due, no doubt, to the massive coverage the "massacre" received in our media. Despite this, we refused to change our story to acknowledge the "massacre."
And that was the situation until June 4. On that day, The Press Democrat published a Washington Post story explaining why there wasn't a massacre at Tiananmen Square ("To talk, or not, about the Tiananmen massacre"). The national news media could have told that story in 1990 if it had acknowledged Project Censored's report on the massacre that didn't happen.
Our source wasn't the New York Times, CBS News or CNN. Our source was Robert Munro, an investigative journalist who wrote about the massacre that never happened in The Nation, on June 1, 1990.
Project Censored was right. Again.
Founder, Project Censored
It could happen here
EDITOR: I read the June 4 article about Tiananmen Square with great interest for I witnessed the worst of the slaughter at MuXiDi.
Excerpts of my broadcast in Mandarin to 60 million listeners in China were quoted by Voice of America's Bureau Chief Alan Pessin in his award-winning report of the massacre. This was documented in "Voice of America, A History" by Alan L. Heil, Jr. The Plaza, a Japanese bilingual publication, printed the most grisly part of my article, "Bouquets and Bullets."
Know Your Rights
California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:
— Soliciting clients at an accident scene, at a hospital, or on the way to a hospital.
— Soliciting clients who, due to their physical, emotional or mental state, may not be able to have reasonable judgment about the hiring of an attorney .
— Seeking clients by mail unless the letter and envelope are clearly labeled as an advertisement.
— Promising a particular outcome from legal representation.
In the wake of the fires, there is also the risk of victims being approached by people posing as attorneys. Consumers should determine if they are legitimate and licensed to provide legal services. Before hiring an attorney, look up their name or State Bar number on the State Bar website — www.calbar.ca.gov — to check the status of their license to practice law and whether they have any record of discipline.
Source: State Bar of California