Monday’s Letters to the Editor
Camping at Jenner?
EDITOR: Sonoma County has some of the most magical public land to hike, walk and camp in California. However, you can never have too much beautiful property to enjoy. It is because of this that I’m overjoyed that the Jenner Headlands are finally being opened to the public so that we all might enjoy it (“Coastal jewel beckons,” Thursday).
When I heard the area was to be opened, I was amazed at how much land was donated to hiking, but I was disappointed that none was opened for camping. It is my hope that in the years to come the county would open a section of this natural beauty to those who would wish to spend the night under the stars.
Not only would adding a campground add to the enjoyment of those who visit it, but with a small fee for each night, the park can help to sustain itself and require less outside funding for the maintenance and protection of this landscape.
A caring leader
EDITOR: I met Dave King in 2016 while serving on the Petaluma Youth Commission as adult chair. He was an incredible resource, not just for our youth members but for the adults (myself included). He showed an impressive amount of patience and understanding for our teens, seeking to help them achieve each one of their goals. He listened, without judgment, and was often the first to respond with guidance. King was there to provide lessons on local government, civics and to continue to push the envelope on making things better for Petaluma youth.
King was the first to recognize that the youth members needed city assistance on biannual park cleanups and making it happen moving forward so that the greatest care could be taken of our city parks and trails while simultaneously encouraging volunteerism and service.
King seeks to understand all sides of an issue before landing on a decision. I’ve never doubted that he has the best interest of our community at heart. When we speak I know he is listening. I was born and raised in Petaluma and care greatly about our future. I’m voting for Dave King, because he is honest, caring, and has earned my trust and respect.
Don’t forget to vote.
EDITOR: I was in Friedman’s Home Improvement in Petaluma the other day and asked one of the associates who was helping me about Orchard Supply Hardware closing all its stores: “Does it mean this place will get a flood of requests for work?’ The associate informed me that Friedman’s dropped off pamphlets inviting the OSH workers to join the Friedman’s group after their store closed. How generous and thoughtful. Another reason to appreciate our wonderful town.
EDITOR: On Sept. 2, Warren Watkins (“Not the whole story,” Letters) wrote: “If Pete Golis wanted to do an accurate and fair column, he would have mentioned how hard we are thinking and working to reduce the affordable housing shortage here (“Acknowledging the reality of two Sonoma Counties,” Aug. 26).”
Let us remember that Watkins led an unsuccessful lawsuit against a nearby development a decade ago, but his group still had the temerity to submit a bill of well over $500,000 for attorney’s fees. Oddly, it would appear that, to date, Watkins’ group is the only one to have profited from this development.