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The case for San Jose

EDITOR: Your editorial about the lawsuit by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball was mostly right on ("The lawyers got to bat for A's stadium," June 21). The A's, the most successful baseball franchise in Bay Area history, always get the short sheet, including the amount and placement of stories about the them in your sports section.

No major sports franchise should have the right to claim two cities as their territory. In this case, San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area and third largest in California, and it has every right to have a Major League baseball team if there is an owner who wants to move there. And the A's want to move there. Could The Press Democrat threaten to sue and block a publisher wanting to start another newspaper in Santa Rosa? I think not.

Bud Selig, the baseball commissioner, is just playing politics in dragging this on. Let's remember that Joe Alioto once challenged the NFL in court over its controlling where franchises could go. He won his case, and the Oakland Raiders became the Los Angeles Raiders. This case seems to have similar implications and should result in the same court decision.

RON JONES

Cloverdale

Judicial fiat

EDITOR: Congratulations to opponents of Proposition 8. Since living well is the best revenge, I truly hope you will.

As you hold this ruling high, however, remember the next time you vote — on anything from high-speed rail to funds for education to yet another big-box store coming to your town — that one judge can overturn the vote of millions.

If this ruling makes you feel better about your place in this world, or living in California, then I am sincerely happy. But while I'm happy for a few, I can't help but feel worse about democracy for us all.

ALDEN OLMSTED

Cotati

Local power

EDITOR: Local resilience is a concept we are hearing a lot about lately. As the future of the global economy looks shaky, let's build a strong local economy that can resist negative pressure from beyond our community.

One of the best opportunities to take steps down that road right now is for our cities to participate in Sonoma Clean Power.

Imagine a future where every good roof has solar panels, our buildings are modernized to use less energy, there are wind turbines in appropriate places, and we are using our agricultural waste to create electricity. Also, let's power our cars with locally generated electricity rather than foreign oil.

This is not far-fetched. We should get on the fast track to that vision right away. Fortunately, this is exactly what Sonoma Clean Power seeks to do. I hope the program gets up and running quickly throughout the county.

BRITTANY RUSSELL

Santa Rosa

Flying flags

EDITOR: The flag that flew below our national and state flags for three days at Calistoga City Hall was a mystery to me until I found out that LGBTQ stood for gay pride ("Rainbow flag rises, falls in Calistoga," June 19). That flag was to fly for a full week, but objections to having it flying with our other flags brought it down — no other reason. Calistoga has never discriminated against anyone.

As far as flying flags is concerned, how about our artists having a design contest for a city of Calistoga flag to fly over a new, shorter flagpole on city property? On that pole, flags could fly weekly for different organizations, all voted on by our City Council at public hearings.

CATHERINE LERNER

Calistoga

Lives at stake

EDITOR: Closing the Sonoma Developmental Center would be devastating to many severely handicapped people. My sister has lived there for more than 30 years and has always had access to around-the-clock medical care. What will happen to her and many others who need specialized care if this facility closes? I know that the community is not ready for these severely handicapped people, and they will not survive outside of the Sonoma Developmental Center.

DIANE LAVIO ROWLEY

Petaluma

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