Friday’s Letters to the Editor
A civic statement
EDITOR: As an architect, I know the design of a space conveys meaning. Our homes are a reflection of our values in ways that are immediately apparent to guests when they walk in our front door. I believe the reunification of Old Courthouse Square will send a profound message about what we value as a community.
We value a walkable, beautiful, energetic downtown rather than a downtown that is easy to get through in our automobiles. We value a civic space that provides a home for our community to gather, celebrate, educate and communicate without fear of being run over by a car. We value a revitalized downtown core that serves as an active, friendly and safe destination for our friends and family and for the many visitors to Sonoma County.
I am not naive enough to believe that this utopia will be created overnight, but I believe in the power a reunified Old Courthouse Square will have over time, and I applaud the Santa Rosa City Council for its decision to move forward with funding the project. Our city leaders should aspire to envision the best of what our city can become, and in this decision their vision is clear and bright.
EDITOR: I am astonished at what is happening. U.S. Special Forces soldiers confront a serial child rapist, and our government not only refuses to back them up but punishes them with dismissal from the military (“Congressman protests punishment,” Sunday). Kudos to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, for his courageous confrontation of the Army, but where’s the outrage from the rest of the media and, indeed, the U.S. population?
How can we stand idly by and allow this abomination to occur on or near our military bases just because we are afraid of “a loss of rapport” and of offending the degenerates who propagate these savage attacks under the innocuous name of “boy play”?
Is this the ultimate outcome of a PC society gone mad?
I am ashamed of any U.S. organization, military, governmental or the present administration that would not jump to the defense of these children and those who were brave enough to stop the rape.
A return to normal?
EDITOR; Ah, the world’s climates are changing. Or are they returning to normal?
You see, back in the day, there was a land bridge between the European and North American continents. Then, according to some scientific scholars, a catastrophic event occurred that sent the world into an ice age.
Since this event, the Earth’s climate has become abnormal. So, you see, the planet is just returning to its natural temperature, which will allow it to return to its natural climate.
The Earth will return to its natural temperature and climates, man or no man. It’s not nice to fool with mother nature.
Too much development
EDITOR: On Aug. 4, I sent Rep. Jared Huffman a postcard asking him to drop the bill he introduced to place more than 500 acres west of Windsor into federal trust for 150 homes and a 200-room resort for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to avoid a casino. Now they may make a deal to build 360 homes, a hotel with fewer than 200 rooms, a 200,000-case winery and, maybe, 1,300 noncontiguous acres, but no casino.