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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

Sebastopol

No massacre

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.

CARL JENSEN

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."

Can this happen here? Most assuredly. As I read a synopsis of the Patriot Act, I see it coming, for the law allows the grenadier to read our emails, tap our phones, open our mail and search our quarters without a warrant. Predator drones armed with missiles are everywhere throughout the world — Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia and, of course, Afghanistan. It will be so easy, for life is too dear to Americans to face death unarmed at the barricade.

SHERIDAN PETERSON

Santa Rosa