Planet Earth Is Blue
The thought of a Bowie-less world is too absurd, too tragic and as near unfathomable a thought as I'm ever likely to have. Ground control gave us no warning, no commencing countdown, no nothing. We went to bed secure of our tomorrows and woke up to an empty house.
Men like David Bowie aren't supposed to die. David Bowie was one-of-a-kind, much like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bonzo, Lemmy and others I'm no doubt forgetting as the reality of the day takes hold, as I hear the world carry on a few yards from my window, as I wipe whatever is left of my tears on the sleeve of my robe.
For a man known for changing at the speed of a chameleon, David Bowie offered great stability to millions. His impact on the arts is unquestionable. His impact on his fans is perhaps greater. Time after time, decade after decade, David Bowie lifted us through his music. David Bowie fell to earth a long time ago. On Sunday night, he went home. "Look up here, I'm in heaven." Where else would you be, sweet prince?
Maybe it's time for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to reduce the sheriff's department budget for cannabis "enforcement" actions (Dumb Pot Bust," Dec. 30).
Homeless in Guerneville
Is the homeless population to blame for the fires being set in the Guerneville area? I was at the forum to address the anxiety over the Russian River fires. It was packed, and the heat made it hard to stay long. Christine Laporte asked why homeless people from other cities are being bused to Guerneville. Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo had a hard time justifying or admitting that it was happening.
The Russian River area has an extensive homelessness problem. Without adequate support from government-funded programs, what is the solution? More housing needs to be built for those who qualify. Those fortunate enough not to be homeless need to be part of the solution instead of barriers against the system.
This is a system in desperate need of change. It's 2016, and more and more people go homeless everyday. The next time you shop at Walmart, take notice of all the people living out of their cars. The next time a homeless person asks you for money, treat them with a little humanity. Acknowledge them, and if you can spare anything, it will help. These people are in need of much more than just money. Anything and everything extra will help.
Donate to your local homeless shelters: Food. Extra clothing. Makeup. Sleeping Bags. Ask yourself, "If I was homeless, what would I need?" It's a tough problem to solve, and there are no easy answers.
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