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Play the song

EDITOR: I was upset to hear radio stations were taking “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” off of their Christmas playlists. I cut my feminist eye teeth on the revolutionary literature of the 1960s and ’70s. My generation raised our children on books like “Free to be You and Me,” stories that let boys know it’s all right to cry and that girls could be anything they wanted to be. No Barbie dolls, no princes. We taught our daughters to raise their hands, to stand up.

When I hear women now can’t even put up with a 75-year-old song about a man trying to seduce a woman in a snowstorm, I can’t believe it. I hope some of the radio stations resist. Mothers need to embolden their daughters, help them make change. Not like this. It’s just a song.

JANYCE BODESON

Santa Rosa

Aiding the migrants

EDITOR: The migrant situation has drawn continuous attention from the White House, Fox News and all the media. It seems to me that a simple solution can be found in scripture in the parable of the good Samaritan. With about 384,000 Christian churches in the United States, surely there must be a few thousand that would sponsor and assist 5,000 migrants. Those congregations that didn’t take in a migrant could contribute a few dollars to a good Samaritan fund to help those that did.

JOE TONINI

Sonoma

Saving the planet

EDITOR: If you are like me, you are increasingly worried about the fate of the planet in regards to climate change. Between the fires, killer storms and melting glaciers, it is obvious we are quickly sliding into major planetary change. At the same time, we have an administration hell-bent on digging up more fossil fuels. The term “crimes against humanity” is crossing my mind.

We can’t just wait for others to do something. Every one of us has a part to play. Our lifestyle choices can make things better or worse.

Can we drive less, use public transportation, ride a bike or, if we can afford it, buy an electric vehicle? Can we eat less meat (a huge contributor to climate change) and eat more plant-based foods? Can we purchase more locally sourced merchandise and food so less energy is used on shipping? Can we support efforts and candidates from local to national who take this issue very seriously?

All life forms that we know of, from humans to microbes (such as the ones that live in your gut and make digestion possible) have but one home: planet Earth. Make it unlivable, and there is nowhere else to go.

MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

Windsor

Quitting without notice

EDITOR: I just finished reading the article about employees “ghosting” (“As market booms, workers ‘ghosting,’ ” Thursday). What’s wrong with these ill- behaved brats? They need a good swift kick in the rear. What’s wrong with their employers? If I had an employee who just didn’t show up one day, you better believe they would get an F- for any future reference. But maybe I’m just old-fashioned and a stick in the mud.

LINDA SOTTO

Santa Rosa

Let old hospital stay

EDITOR: I would like to share a different perspective on what should be done with the old county hospital on Chanate Road (“County starting over with plans to sell land,” Wednesday). How about absolutely nothing?

We should look at this issue as just another historic building in Santa Rosa about to meet the wrecking ball because our local elected officials are champing at the bit to make some more money for their pet projects.

Just think for a moment about the wonderful history of this old building. Think about all the babies who took their first breath there. Think about all the people who took their last breath there. Think about how many fine doctors were trained there. This entire site has many historic memories for some people.

Let’s not forget old B Street here in Santa Rosa, as well as many parts of downtown that were destroyed by nothing more than political greed. In other parts of the country, old historic buildings are seen as city treasures that should be admired and respected. Here in Santa Rosa, these old buildings seem to be just another pot of gold that the Board of Supervisors and the Santa Rosa City Council like to dip their greedy hands into.

JIM OWEN JR.

Santa Rosa

Gas station debate

EDITOR: The decision about the proposed Safeway gas station in Petaluma is in the hands of the City Council. The council is reviewing the environmental impact report and dangers to human health. It is an ongoing debate between the proponents and the opponents of the gas station.

For those who aren’t following the debate, and those who are signing up in favor of the gas station via Change.org and social media and don’t live in Petaluma and don’t know the facts, just to recap for their attention: It sits right in the middle of a densely populated residential area, approximately 100 yards from McDowell Elementary School and 50 yards from a daycare center, a youth baseball field and a playground.

When council members review the EIR, I hope they will also study the impact on traffic and how many vehicles are driven on the streets of Petaluma these days and how many more will be added from neighboring communities, such as Penngrove, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Novato and San Rafael once the gas station opens. Traffic in Petaluma is a nightmare. It’s only going to be worse when it opens.

IFTIKHAR AHMED

Petaluma

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