EDITOR: Who are we to erase history? I refer to the removal of monuments to the Confederate dead that have been in place for as much as 150 years.
In his second inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of reuniting a nation “with malice toward none, with charity for all.” I’m sure this included Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
I support the erection of a statue to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. but not at the expense of existing historical monuments.
Should we advise Egypt to blow up the pyramids because the pharaohs built them with slave labor? What kind of history are we teaching our children?
Ecstasy for Congress
EDITOR: The Washington Post article about the experimental use of Ecstasy to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome was compelling (“Promising treatment for PTSD,” Aug. 27). Who cares if it has been used as an illegal rave drug if it can help vets with PTSD “because of its unique ability to flood users with intense feelings of euphoria … it also reduces fear and imbues users with a deep sense of love and acceptance of themselves and others.”
Right away, I could see that this is just what Congress needs to reduce polarization and infighting. Actually, the executive and judicial branches of government could use it, too, couldn’t they?
EDITOR: In the aftermath of the denial of the Knights Bridge Winery appeal, Sonoma County must already deal with this applicant’s trail of carelessness (“Supervisors back Knights Valley winery,” Aug. 23).
The Knights Valley hillside is scarred with an oversized building labeled as a house — right before our eyes in our scenic corridor — and more building to come. Neighboring properties report their wells have been reduced since the applicant built the 10-bedroom, 10-bath lodge and planted additional vineyards on a property with too many vineyards to begin with. Bidwell Creek restoration efforts taking place nearby are offset by Knights Bridge taking too much water from this already challenged creek.
Recognizing the area’s special nature, the intent of the specific plan governing Knights Valley was preservation and to protect this rural area in the 4th District from this type of commercialism. Responsibility for allowing this tragedy to occur lies in the 5-0 vote.
All should ask why this project wouldn’t require an environmental impact report under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Mental health coverage
EDITOR: Thanks for your stellar coverage of the state of mental health care in Sonoma County. I appreciate your newspaper’s continued focus on the intractable and complicated issues of poverty, homelessness and mental illness.
I especially valued your first-person accounts from people with mental health issues and family members as well (“Families, patients share stories,” Aug. 27). These people are brave for speaking from the heart about their struggles with these diseases — made all the more devastating by the lack of services and sufficient health care facilities and resources here. I grew up with a mother who had schizoaffective disorder and know that feeling alone and stigmatized, as well as having little knowledge about mental illness or available resources, made our experience tough to survive.