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We look forward to seeing the glowing rebirth of Sonoma County from the ashes — just like the phoenix — even if we have to watch from Nevada.

CHRIS KUHN

Santa Rosa

Taking names

EDITOR: I’m taking names — in a good way. In the wake of yet another attack on children in classrooms, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart pulled assault style weapons off their shelves. REI and Mountain Equipment Co-op suspended some orders from Vista Outdoors because Vista makes these weapons. And they, along with L.L.Bean, raised their gun purchase age to 21. So, yes, I’m taking their names.

Every company that takes a courageous step toward balancing policies with common-sense gun regulation and puts the interests of civil society, protecting our children, in the forefront of their retail policies will go on my Good Conscience List.

Between family and extended family, I have numerous occasions to purchase gift cards. So from now on, I’m using my purchase power. Every gift card purchase will come from my Good Conscience List. And each time I will present the store manager with a letter for the company management thanking them for their decisions.

Maybe I can’t do much. But strong moves by businesses deserve recognition and reward. When government won’t lead, maybe “We the People” will. And if I can do this little bit, I’ll bet you can, too.

SUZI MALAY

Santa Rosa

Not so secret

EDITOR: The account of Rebecca Rosenberg’s book, “The Secret Life of Mrs. London,” notably lacks critical journalism (“Charmian’s secrets,” March 4). The writer didn’t question Rosenberg’ assertion that “a lot of people have no idea about Jack London, and younger people may not have any idea who he was at all.” The writer did not require Rosenberg to clarify her disagreement with the accepted source of the Wolf House burning.

In 1975, I deciphered Charmian London’s coded diary to reveal her widowhood contacts with Harry Houdini and shared this information freely. Kenneth Silverman, whom Rosenberg credits, acknowledged such in his biography of the performer. In view of my decades of speeches and publications, Charmian’s “secret life” was hardly so. More interesting is her transgressive sexuality in the larger context of women’s identity. Houdini was one of many dabbles of her choice, for she controlled these encounters.

Last year, Women’s Studies devoted an entire issue to Charmian. The articles therein revealed that she was more than the wife of a famous man pursued by another famous man. This will be evident in Jack London State Historic Park’s redesigned Happy Walls exhibit, which will feature her significance in California’s and women’s history.

CLARICE STASZ

Petaluma

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