s
s
Sections
Search
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, nearly 1.5 million people used their mobile devices to visit our sites.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Wow! You read a lot!
Reading enhances confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction. Keep it up! Subscribe.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
Until next month, you can always look over someone's shoulder at the coffee shop.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, we posted 390 stories about the fire. And they were shared nearly 137,000 times.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Supporting the community that supports us.
Obviously you value quality local journalism. Thank you.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
We miss you already! (Subscriptions start at just 99 cents.)
Already a subscriber?
iPhone

The Sonoma County Resource and Permit Department (now Permit Sonoma) and its staff, at the direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, worked hard to propose areas where protections were needed to prevent sprawl. After extensive public vetting and an overwhelming voter approval, large projects in our designated community separators continue to be brought before the Planning Commission.

Community separators are designed to protect everything from water resources to agricultural land. Large-scale development in these areas is no longer permitted. Voters voted in good faith to protect our open spaces and directed government officials to act accordingly. Let’s make sure that happens.

LINDA HALE

Glen Ellen

Anthem protests

EDITOR: As a veteran, my service, other veterans’ service and present-day military members serve so that the rights accorded to all of us in the U.S. will be upheld. That includes kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events (or other venues) to bring attention to inequities in this society in law enforcement (and many other areas) toward people of any color other than white. And I support those people who are courageous enough to do so.

Second, playing the national anthem at most sporting events, in my opinion, demeans its importance to begin with. In addition, this anthem was written by Francis Scott Key, a slave owner. Also, in the fifth and sixth lines of the third verse (only the first verse is sung), it reads, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” This refers to the slaves who fought with the British against the U.S. Why? Because the British were anti-slavery.

My perspective, for years, has been that the “Star Spangled Banner” has no place as a national anthem. “America the Beautiful” would be a much better choice to play/sing in appropriate, more auspicious settings.

JACOB W. BOUDEWIJN

Santa Rosa

Anthem and business

EDITOR: I propose a simple solution to kneeldowngate: Don’t play our nation’s anthem at for-profit sporting events promoted by privately owned franchises.

PATRICK CAMPBELL

Bloomfield

Show Comment