Thursday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: I was shocked to learn that there are looters in Middletown (“Patrols beefed up as looters descend,” Wednesday).
I’m shocked always that they exist in this country, but this is too close to home. How despicable. Who didn’t raise these people? Better yet, who did raise them? How dare they disrespect their fellow man, especially in a time of crisis.
In Japan, there is no such thing as looting. It is incomprehensible to them. They live in a society of respect for their fellow man and neighbors. Hopefully, there are few looters, and they will be caught and prosecuted.
A shout out to so many people and volunteers helping Middletown. This is the America I remember — neighbor helping neighbor even if they don’t know one another. This is what made us strong. Americans helping one another. You may not always count on your government to come to your aid in a reasonable time, but you can count on your fellow Americans. Have you donated?
CANDACE CORBY MILLEN
Coast at a crossroads
EDITOR: More than 100 local residents packed standing-room-only into the Timber Cove firehouse on Monday for a lively interaction with Sonoma County planning staff now rewriting our Local Coastal Plan. The plan guides new development, as well as future protection, for our treasured coastal lands.
Opening the Sonoma Coast to large event centers and big wine-tasting venues, or to other industrial-scale activities, lies at the heart of the emerging debate over the plan. County planning staff is proposing to inappropriately transfer lax inland rules from the county’s general plan and, for the first time, put them into a revised Local Coastal Plan. If eventually certified by the California Coastal Commission, this proposed weakening of the coastal plan language would undermine longstanding coastal protections.
Irreversibly ripping out coastal forests ignores our chronic shortage of water, while logging and grading impacts are an obvious threat to erosion-prone soils on unstable hillsides and dump silt into our streams. Our Sonoma Coast needs to have its own protections maintained and shouldn’t be lumped together with inland urban areas.
The deadline to comment on the coastal plan is Sept. 30, and you can send your comments to PRMD-LCP-Update@sonoma-county.org
For more information, visit preserveruralsonomacounty.org
Never forget 9/11
EDITOR: Seriously? A one-sixth-page article on page A3 to mark the 14th year since the worst attack in history on American soil? More than 400 police and fire personnel lost their lives, along with the 2,000-plus innocent workers and flight passengers. This is not a footnote in history — yet — unless you make it so. Please don’t. Let us never forget.
The beheaded dragon
EDITOR: I’ve ridden my bike past the notorious dragon many times. I saw it in the beginning, have seen it defaced, and I saw the women fixing it (“Beheading dragons works for some, but not for others,” Chris Smith, Aug. 23). Because I worked in mental health settings with psychotic people for years, I understand why some individuals who frequent Santa Rosa Creek would be upset by the dragon’s face and eyes. Maybe a heavy plastic window could be bolted over the dragon’s head and a chain with a felt tip pen provided so that people could deface the dragon without doing permanent damage.