EDITOR: We are part of the tribe from Coffey Park who shed our things in most dramatic fashion with the wildfire. As such, we are part of an insurance group wherein we all lament the need to create an inventory of every last thing that was once in our houses in order to claim it with the insurance. What a pain it is.
But I write to offer a possible perspective on this process for those who haven’t begun their inventory because the experience of loss is so painful. We are treating the remembrance like we do our vacations — fond memories of things we treasure but are no longer corporeal. We remember them with fondness and let them touch our minds and hearts as they did when we were having the experience of them. These journeys, these experiences are gone in the one sense but palpable and pleasurable in another.
May we all find peace in this experience, and thank you each for sharing your experience with us. It truly makes us Sonoma Strong.
DAVID LINCOLN KING
Free press, free country
EDITOR: The weapon that brought down a corrupt presidency was words on paper, not one made of steel. Of the first two amendments, only number one remains immutable for all situations and times. America, by virtue of a free press and dissemination of truth, exists.
Over the centuries, free expression has exposed corporate crime, industrial malpractice and political misfeasance. The written word is the cleansing agent of society.
We now have, unlike the hoax “war on Christmas,” a real war on the institutions of the media. It started with the uttering, by an uninformed and ignorant candidate, the phrase “lamestream media,” to describe those who called her and her party on their ineptness. Little could she have known of its impact, but when more devious minds understood the possibilities, they seized on it for their own nefarious purposes. This demagoguery is a boil that needs excising. It’s effective in a bad way.
The easiest way to fix this is to use the ballot box. Vote for people who understand and support a free press. News gathered through dedication and vetted skillfully isn’t “fake.” Those who call it that, are. They are lying. Let’s make these equivocators irrelevant.
Remembering the victims
EDITOR: Thank you for publishing stories of the victims of the recent fires (“Remembering who we lost,” Dec. 31). I cried reading through their stories, saddened by their tragic fates. Yet I learned about each person’s passions, history and amazing life. Each one touched so many other lives; more of us were touched by their stories. You transformed them from names of unknown victims to real people who we were lucky to have had as part of our community. They will be missed, but not forgotten.
Freezes and fires
EDITOR: A jet stream pattern is associated with many of the extreme events we’ve seen in recent years. The northward loops carry warm air up from the tropics and help form high-pressure systems associated with warm and dry weather (western fires). The southward dips pull cold Arctic air down, generating snow and ice (Midwest/Northeast freezing and snow). You can watch these daily jet stream weather patterns in The Press Democrat.