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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

  • Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (JEFF ROBERSON / Associated Press)

Weapons of war

EDITOR: Whose brilliant idea was it to give vehicles and weapons of war to police officers? We see armored vehicles with machine guns aimed at citizens of our country who are 1) paying the wages of these officers, and 2) exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. To all appearances, it seems that the police force of Ferguson, Mo., is at war with the very citizens that they are sworn to protect. Would that it were only in Ferguson, but no. The militarization of America’s police is here in Sonoma County too. We haven’t forgotten about you, Andy Lopez.

ELIN CHADWICK

Santa Rosa

Sonoma aroma

EDITOR: The Sonoma aroma that is once again upon us is not an unavoidable consequence of living in the vicinity of dairy farms (“The stench in Wine Country? Farm country,” Thursday). Anaerobic digestion of dairy manure waste virtually eliminates emission of odoriferous compounds while creating bioenergy (as methane) in the process. At Strauss Family Creamery in Marin County, the company’s website says, anaerobic digestion creates “enough renewable energy to power the entire dairy, to charge Albert Strauss’ electric car and to feed some electricity back into the grid.”

A solution for us all to ponder during this stinky season.

MICHAEL F. COHEN

Rohnert Park

Hidden gas tax


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