EDITOR: I was pained to read the New York Daily News article on John Lasseter (“Will John Lasseter return to Pixar?” April 27). Pained because it felt like an article that had chosen its conclusion and then went out to try to support it.
As the president of Walt Disney Music, I worked alongside Lasseter for 25 years on every Pixar animated feature as well as every recent Disney animated feature. So when I read things like Lasseter would only take notes from Steve Jobs, I knew that to be preposterous. I sat in hundreds of creative meetings with Lasseter, and he listened and drew creative notes from all the participants.
On our personal favorite project, “Frozen,” he did amazing creative work alongside a leadership team that consisted of a strong female co-director and writer and a female composer.
The article also said he made comments about women’s looks. He never once made a remark like that in my presence. You generally know who of your male friends say those things — Lasseter wasn’t one of them.
Now, as a fellow resident of Sonoma, I’m well aware of Lasseter and his wife Nancy’s incredible generosity to our community. While no individual is perfect, I can definitely say the “darker” or “angrier” Lasseter isn’t someone I have met.
Restoring net neutrality
EDITOR: In a few weeks, the state Senate will vote on SB 822 by Sen. Scott Wiener, one of the best net-neutrality protection bills proposed across the country. This bill would reinstate the internet protection recently rescinded by the Trump administration.
AT&T and Comcast’s army of lobbyists are trying to stop it. Ending net neutrality gives an unfair advantage to large corporations that can pay internet service providers to prioritize their content.
Brick-and-mortar businesses in our neighborhoods need net neutrality to compete with large online retailers. Whether it’s a restaurant advertising a menu or a local florist using a website to do deliveries, these businesses can’t compete with national companies that might be able to pay for preferred internet access
Will our legislators succumb to corporate influence or reinstate the protections that have worked so well up till now?
EDITOR: I am astounded, dismayed and horrified. A man from Miami, suspected of breaking into a home, tying up two residents at gunpoint and stealing a significant amount of marijuana, is charged with robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and conspiracy — and has his bail set at $100,000 (“One arrested in Santa Rosa home invasion,” Friday). Within hours, he has bailed out. What kind of court system is being run here? Does anyone else see anything wrong with this sequence of events?
EDITOR: Had they objectively covered the story of Alfie Evans, the folks at The Press Democrat would have won the Davis prize for excellence in journalism (“Boy whose parents fought to keep on life support dies,” April 29). As it is, they missed it. No, they panned it. But how could this be?
Here was a truly great story. A beautiful little boy with a deadly disease. Loving parents wanting to take him to Italy for further treatment. Obstinate British judges, refusing to let him go, pulling his life support, hoping he’d die quickly, finding he wouldn’t, and reviling all who opposed them. A world incensed, a pope involved, a cruel death that outraged Lady Justice herself. And in the end, Alfie above, filled with glory, and us below, covered in shame.