Our town, before and after
EDITOR: I applaud the outreach from the local community — food, shelter, clothes, face masks, bottles of water and much more. I even found snacks and drinks in many stores. Seeing tents at the fairground lifted my spirits along with the outpouring of support for their occupants. Bravo to Santa Rosa — a community stepping up with compassion, resources and love.
The fires still threaten us, and for those newly experiencing homelessness there will be no quick return to normalcy when the fires are out. People will need the community more. Let’s keep the compassion for those less fortunate, let’s not divide the homeless into the homeless before the fire and those after, no us and them.
Last Monday, at 2:30 a.m., I lost everything and became homeless. If I didn’t have friends, family or a community to support me, perhaps I would find myself sheltering under the freeway or in the park.
We can’t do this alone, we need one another. Give what you can when you can.
Does anyone know if we can keep those tents? Winter is coming.
The bill is coming due
EDITOR: Unyielding support for our president by those who voted for him, made possible by claims of “fake news” attributed to any criticism of him or his policies, may be undermined by upcoming verbiage that won’t be so easily dismissed as phony: your monthly health insurance bill. But those truly intent on maintaining their delusions about Donald Trump can always just blame Barack Obama.
EDITOR: I’m among the people displaced from Wikiup. I and other neighbors are very dismayed by the folks holding signs in front of our locked-down neighborhood saying things such as, “We pay your wages! Let us go home!”
I hope our community at large, and our public service workers, don’t extrapolate those sentiments to think we all feel that way there.
It’s true that we all can’t wait to go home. However, the vast majority of Wikiup friends and neighbors I have spoken with are nothing but grateful, thankful and in awe of the long hours of service police officers, firefighters, PG&E workers, medical workers and any others I have neglected to mention have done on our behalf.
Please accept my deepest appreciation and sincere thanks for your service on behalf of our Wikiup community.
EDITOR: There is the suggestion that fires start with windblown trees breaking power lines. Our recent fire followed the path of the 1964 fire. When areas are rebuilt, it seems prudent to put all power lines underground.
Sonoma County supervisors and the governor should consider improving our infrastructure. PG&E, being a private company, may look at shareholder profits and say burying power is too expensive, but there are advantages to citizens.
Underground power lines also would help when the “big one” comes as motion of the wires would be minimized. These tragedies are the result of antiquated, low-cost building practices that are high-cost to residents.