Refugees at the border
EDITOR: I was glad to see the July 9 article saying “those displaced by armed conflict deserve more consideration” (“Treat as refugees, urges U.N.”).
If I were a child or a mother of young children desperate enough to leave my loved ones and culture to escape violence and/or hunger and to brave danger crossing a border into any other country, I would hope to be received with compassion and be given an opportunity to live, wouldn’t you?
This truly is a huge regional problem, and I hope that the U.S. will work with others in the region toward humane solutions.
Meanwhile, let us open our hearts and minds.
EDITOR: I read Marie Gewirtz’s letter (“Transplanted fears,” Friday) in disbelief. I am not a “transplant.” We are the second generation living on family property in Sonoma. Perhaps we don’t “use” every bit of our property, but it was purchased by my family, we pay the taxes, insure and maintain it. Nowadays, the lack of respect is appalling.
No matter how respectfully someone hikes or bikes on another’s property, they are trespassing. No private property owner wants to assume liability for the public. I asked a woman who was walking her dog on my property if she would like it if she found me in her backyard. She responded that no, she would not.
We are very fortunate in Sonoma County to have lots of open space, parks and beaches for public use, so people need not trespass.
As to Lisa Lawley “claiming” property (“Rural crimes,” July 4), I am sure she purchased it or manages it, and she apparently chooses not to make it a commune.
As to why Lawley is devoting so much time, energy and money to cameras and fences, however she wants to spend her money is her business, isn’t it?
Boyes Hot Springs
EDITOR: Now that the oysters are being evicted from Drakes Bay, we can fully enjoy the restoration of wilderness to the area. We can walk the trails, carefully sidestepping the piles of horse manure seeping into the muddied track where the stream crosses and meanders into the lakes on whose shores the young cavort.
Meditatively contemplating the Cheez-it wrapper gracing the shore, I smile with satisfaction, knowing that all this goodness will be delivered into the bay where the oysters will no longer be filtering the water and cleaning it up. If we want wilderness, then remove the people. If we tolerate the people, then tolerate the whole cycle of life.
Grand jury inquiries
EDITOR: Recent press (“Grand jury may not review Lopez case,” Sunday) and the Sonoma County civil grand jury’s 2013-14 report shrink the understanding of the jury’s investigatory powers.
Past grand juries have done original, detailed research on law-enforcement-related deaths (e.g., “A death in custody,” 2010). They also reviewed procedures and practices such as the use of force (“Use of less than lethal force,” 2010) and the training and professionalism of certain functions (“Investigating the investigators,” 2003). They asked if justice was served in particular cases by correctly applying the law as well as standard policy and procedure (“Is justice being served in our county?” 2003; “Was justice served?” 2012). See http://www.sonomagrandjury.org.