Nobody wins a war
EDITOR: If soldiers die on the battlefield, both sides suffer the same kind of losses.
If civilians die when cities are bombed, both sides suffer the same kind of losses.
If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump are unable to come to an agreement, both sides in that war will suffer the same kind of losses.
I’m a wounded World War II veteran, and I’ve seen many casualties on the battlefield. The pain and suffering experienced by these humans is the same kind of hurt both sides would receive from their mothers who have lost sons.
Does anybody win in a war? I don’t think so.
EDITOR: A friend of mine and her husband lost their home in the Tubbs fire.
They have found a house to rent in Healdsburg. When I visited recently she gave me a tour. The house was furnished and comfortable. As we walked the rooms she pointed out to me what additions had been donated by local merchants and/or discounted. She has filled their new home with tiny white lights, which give her a feeling of hope. We chatted about how we love the lights that decorate our homes, our businesses and our community streets this time of year.
We would like to ask that, if possible, keep your lights on a bit longer this year to guide us out of the darkness and into the light of spring.
Happy New Year.
Sonoma transit options
EDITOR: The elimination of bus service between Napa and Sonoma reduces the transit options for Sonoma Valley residents to a disheartening level (“Napa bus route to Sonoma ending,” Tuesday).
With the cancellation of Vine Route 25, connections to East Bay locations, the Vallejo Ferry, Sacramento and Amtrak are no longer available. Commute-time only routes to San Rafael and Petaluma remain the only options for trips south. Existing service to Santa Rosa takes 75-80 minutes each way.
There is much that could have been done to save the Napa-Sonoma route. Despite traveling on Sonoma County roads for 5-plus miles, riders could only board at the Sonoma Plaza location. The bus normally used was unmarked, without Vine livery. Despite the claims of Vine officials, no marketing was apparent; no newspaper ads, no posted schedules, no billboards, no outreach. The only indication that the service existed was the small sign at the Plaza bus stop.
Regional transit options are important and vital. Unfortunately, instead of promoting and improving public transit opportunities, officials have decided that driving is the only option. Sonoma is once again a transit wasteland.
The gift of drills
EDITOR: This winter season let’s all give one another the gift of emergency drills. Just like in school when we’d line up on the playground or cover our necks under the desk. Drills help us prepare for the inevitable, and the more we are prepared the greater our chances for survival. It isn’t just for children.
So every quarter in 2018 and beyond, with family, friends and neighbors, choose a time, remind one another and practice for an earthquake or house fire or when your neighborhood might be in danger. We now know it can happen.