Paulin Creek preserve
EDITOR: I was cheered by Supervisor Shirlee Zane’s Close to Home column where she extolled the benefits of urban open space (“Open Space District needs public input,” March 8). Ten days later, I was alarmed when I read in another article that part of county-owned Paulin Creek preserve, an urban open space in Santa Rosa, was slated to be sold to a developer (“Meadow’s potential sale alarming neighbors,” March 18).
In this article, Zane was reported to have said she wasn’t concerned about the fate of Parcel J (paulincreek.org) in the proposed sale because the city of Santa Rosa would conduct an environmental review before development started.
On one hand, Sonoma County continues its impressive push to preserve open space. On the other hand, the same county is proposing to sell the geographic center of the 15-year-old preserve to a developer. That just boggles my mind.
The supervisors now realize that Parcel J of Paulin Creek preserve is included in the sale of the Chanate Road hospital complex. I implore the supervisors to take responsibility for making sure Parcel J is removed from the sale rather than passing that responsibility on to the city.
It may be legal for the county to sell Parcel J, but it isn’t right.
Standing for science
EDITOR: Life’s critical lessons are hard to take when they require major adjustments to style of living, especially when they will impact the lives of our progeny. Climate change is one such situation with impending consequences.
On April 22, scientists and others who oppose the war on science are taking to the streets to make known the utmost perilousness and urgency of this threat to our future generations.
When one makes it past the uninformed, political rhetoric and dives deep into the science of our climate, anyone with a normal inquiring mind soon realizes that this, like nuclear war, threatens our existence as a species.
When a science paradigm shift takes place, such as quantum mechanics making possible the threat of nuclear annihilation of the species, then one can no longer deny the existence of objective realities.
Unfortunately, when the preponderance of scientific evidence rubs up against the political and economic power brokers’ profit margins, the choice becomes: (1) denial that such paradigm shifts are real, as with our current president’s statement that it is a “hoax” or (2) take seriously and heed our climate scientists warnings that climate change threatens the health of our common home, Earth.
As Pogo once exclaimed so succinctly, “We have met the enemy, and it is us!”
Taxes and waste
EDITOR: No more wasted tax money! Until we, the tax-paying public, have verified proof of where our tax dollars are actually spent by city, county, state and federal government, no more taxes. All agencies should provide annual audits showing positive use and/or waste of our tax dollars. The wasted money found would offset increasing taxes and should be spent on their intended use. By cutting government waste, the downside could be a lot of people might be jobless. But that’s life.