Williams’ first venue
EDITOR: In Staff Writer Julie Johnson’s article about Robin Williams (“A frequent presence in North Bay,” Tuesday”), she mentioned that “lore has it that the Lark Creek Inn didn’t allow Williams to work as a busboy on weekends.” I can assure you that was more than “lore.”
When I opened Lark Creek in 1972, I hired a bright, hardworking 21-year-old named Robin to be one of our busboys. He was working his way through drama classes at College of Marin, and Lark Creek was very successful. It was a rare night that we didn’t have a half-hour wait for dinner.
Robin’s antics became a problem when he continued to disrupt the flow of the dining experience. He considered our 150 seated patrons as his audience, and his humor was just as wacky then as the public has gotten to love over the years.
I asked Robin to just let his humor overflow when he was off-duty, but that didn’t work with Robin Williams. When he was on, he was on. So I had to restrict his hours to daytime, weekdays, when we weren’t so packed. He took it well.
No one could ever have guessed that our funny young busboy would make the cover of Time magazine just three years later. Good memories.
EDITOR: For those who want to allow these illegal immigrants entering our southern border, I ask will you take them into your household? Or better yet allow a refugee camp to be built in Sonoma County for a few years?
The Obama administration has allowed the border to be kept open, which is a slap in the face to the thousands of people trying to enter the United States legally or become U.S. citizens, as the immigration system is so backed up. It sends a terrible message to those trying to work within the legal system.
The 2008 law signed by a Republican president to deal with human trafficking from Central America has worked until now and is being abused by these illegal immigrants.
What kind of security?
EDITOR: Daniel Vrooman (“Peace and security,” Letters, Saturday) poses an offensive comparison of the tunnels of Jewish partisans resisting the Nazi holocaust with the tunnels of Hamas, positioned to bring terrorists into Israel to kill its citizens and abduct them for ransom of fellow terrorists or worse.
Vrooman ignores crucial facts. Does he know that Israel has not occupied Gaza since September 12, 2005? Does he know that the 1988 charter of Hamas, viciously anti-Semitic and anti-West, calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and, as the “duty of every Muslim,” “jihad” (read eradication) of Jewish people? Does he wonder about placards displayed in Europe predicting “your 9/11”? Why haven’t we seen more media coverage about anti-Semitism in Europe being the worst since the Nazi period? Hamas is only one manifestation of the alarming spread of anti-Semitism and anti-Western vitriol throughout Europe.
Yes, as Vrooman said, peace and security for Israelis depends on peace and security for Palestinians. That will happen when Hamas is disarmed, and there is economic and social development in Palestinian communities, a task for Israelis and Arabs alike.