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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.

STEPHEN SMILIE

Santa Rosa

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.

TARA BARTOSCH

Petaluma

Thoughtful gesture

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.

BOB MARKETOS

Petaluma

Healdsburg housing

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.

Watkins then went on to cite a miniscule Measure S and referenced a proposal that hasn’t even reached the voters yet as evidence of his underwhelming support of affordable housing, all while admonishing Golis for accurately describing the negative effects of Measure R’s defeat.

This is directly comparable to a dinner guest reporting that Watkins ate the entire pie meant for desert, all by himself, but then said, “Hey, not fair and accurate. I left some crumbs.”

TONY ROSS

Healdsburg

Displays of respect

EDITOR: What does it say about the president of the United States who has “such respect for a brave man” convicted of eight felonies (one juror short of conviction on 18 felonies) and absolutely no respect for an American hero and true patriot?

TONY CORSELLO

Sebastopol

An untold story

EDITOR: The end of Sonoma West Medical Center due to financial stressors, and the upcoming closing of the hospital emergency department is important news, especially for your west county readers (“Hospital may stay open but lose ER,” Aug. 23). The Palm Drive Health Care District’s negotiations with American Advanced Management Group to have that group lease and possibly later buy the hospital to serve as a long-term acute care facility for the North Bay region is also important news. The financial implications of the contract signed and factors delaying that transition are both newsworthy as well.

Why has The Press Democrat carried only one small article?

DR. RHONDA BERNEY

Sebastopol

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