EDITOR: Couldn't your headline on the Sonoma hospital bond measure defeat have read: "Sonoma hospital Measure F wins large majority of votes but is defeated by the minority"? This also could have been said about the defeat of the SMART train tax measure.
The majority of voters, or at least 55 percent, should win an election in a democracy. What is wrong with the people of California? Why do they meekly let the minority rule the state? Why does the media ignore this fact? Is this legal? Where are the lawyers?
In fact, propositions should be illegal. Our elected officials should pass laws or voter initiatives, not the minority special interests.
Of course all our elected officials are inexperienced since by the time they learn their job they are out of office thanks to the term limits proposition.
It is time to get some of the wise people of California together and write a new California Constitution. Our California Constitution is not adequate for the seventh largest economic power in the world.
State of the Union
EDITOR: Recent news items from The Press Democrat:
Highest gas prices on record;
Higher foreclosure rate on record;
Lowest home sales pending rate on record;
Lowest value of dollar against the euro on record;
Only 19 percent of Americans say we're headed in the right direction;
Record number of Americans using food stamps;
Household wealth of middle class has declined over past seven years;
Record national debt.
In summary: Heckuva job, Bushie!
It's about fire safety
EDITOR: Regarding the March 29 article, "Bohemian Club's generous land offer may be 'end run' around rules," by Bleys W. Rose: For several years now, the Bohemian Club has engaged in a public process to secure a sensible and responsible timber management plan at the Bohemian Grove near Monte Rio.
Contrary to the overheated rhetoric employed by certain groups and a former member of the club, this timber management plan is designed solely to safeguard human life and property. We have worked closely with state and federal agencies to develop a sustainable plan that meets these objectives.
Our forest is overcrowded, and there are some 25,000 dead and highly flammable trees located at the Bohemian Grove. Without a sensible forest management plan, the risk of a catastrophic wildfire will increase with every year of delay. We have consulted with a number of experts including professional foresters, leading experts in the field of forest management, as well as fire captains from Sonoma County, who concur that the current state of our forest poses a severe fire danger.
It is hard to fathom the logic of self-styled conservationists who somehow see a negative in the club granting the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation a conservation easement to protect, in perpetuity, 160 acres of the largest and most majestic trees on our property. This easement is about protecting old-growth redwood trees -- pure and simple. We are mystified how any truly conservation-minded person would object to such protection.
Contrary to the tenor of the article, no public process, environmental review or mitigation is being avoided in the preparation of this plan.
President, Bohemian Club
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