Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor
<b>Pay debts first</b>
EDITOR: In regards to the Santa Rosa Junior College bond issue, I will be voting no, and I will tell you why. On my property tax bill I have one for the junior college, two for the Bennett Valley school district, two for the Santa Rosa high school district. Also I have the Bennett Valley Fire Department, which we need, and Warm Springs Dam and Sonoma mosquito control. All this totals $624.42, which is attached to my bill. That would buy a great deal of fence supplies for the farm. I have always been taught when the bills are paid then we can move forward. Until then, the junior college, from which I graduated from in 1968, will have to make do with what it has. You cannot treat property owners like a credit card with an unlimited balance.
BILL PISENTI JR.
<b>Rainier won’t happen</b>
EDITOR: I negotiated a lower purchase price for my house because the Rainier interchange was expected to negatively impact my northeastern Petaluma neighborhood. That was 23 years ago. If Rainier hasn’t been built by now, it isn’t going to be. Regardless of whether the “forever tax” passes, Rainier will never become a reality.
Republican Mike Harris has been part of a City Council majority for most of his 12 years in office and, yet, Rainier is no closer to being built. According to The Press Democrat, which has endorsed Mayor David Glass for another term, Harris “has done little to distinguish himself as a leader on the council.” So why expect anything different from him now?
The biggest myth in Petaluma is that there is a traffic problem. Thanks to Janice Cader-Thompson’s leadership when she was on the council, the new northbound lane onto Highway 101 is keeping traffic in check despite the new shopping malls.
I am voting for David Glass for mayor and Teresa Barrett and Janet Cader-Thompson for council. They ask the hard questions and seek solutions that don’t cause more problems. That is leadership. That is what we all deserve.
EDITOR: More than 8 million children nationwide are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is up for renewal this year. If Congress fails to renew this program, these low-income kids will be left uninsured.
Our children need access to the high quality affordable health care that CHIP provides. Children who are insured are more likely to receive regular check-ups from their pediatrician and do better in school.
With the election just around the corner, Congress needs to hear that this issue is very important to voters. I urge everyone reading this letter to call your members of Congress and tell them that renewing CHIP should be their top priority when they meet in January.
Our kids deserve the best quality health insurance available. We need to raise our voices to make sure Congress hears this message loud and clear.
<b>Homes as hotels</b>
EDITOR: While issues surrounding Airbnb in San Francisco grab headlines, smaller communities are wrestling with these same issues. In fact, if the city of Petaluma has its way, zoning ordinances may soon allow nightly/vacation rentals.