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Letters to the Editor: September 13, 2016

In which we learn that Tom Gogola's prose is ruining lunches everywhere


Death Sentence

So, I'm reading along, trying to enjoy my lunch as I get educated about why the farmworkers might not get their extra money for their extra work. And I got to this unbelievable sentence:

"But let's back up a minute here. To understand the genesis of Raudabaugh's juicy online riposte—whose 'snowflake culture' language is more typically seen in rightward-leaning discourses that slam college campuses over trigger warnings and safe spaces as a bulwark against the dread onslaught of the oversensitized and politically correct—the overtime bill aims to move California beyond federal overtime rules that date back to the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt and are enshrined in the 1938 Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which, as AB 1066 itself recalls, 'excluded agricultural workers from wage protections and overtime compensation requirements.'"

Whew! I first stopped at "riposte," and needed to look it up, but as the sentence continued, I looked back to see who wrote this. Surprised me, 'cause I am a fan of yours, Tom, have been reading you regularly since you first appeared in these pages, but what happened here? I think the news editor needs an editor. Just sayin'


Bill Bowker Blues

I went to the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival this year because of the lineup ("Forty Years of Music," Sept. 7). I'd been waiting far too long to get back to the basics of the blues with a lineup that hasn't toured up and down the West Coast for the past year. I do respect and appreciate all past performers, but this year was a treat. I'm disappointed, as I know many others are, for the Bohemian failing to mention Bill Bowker and company when reporting about the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival. He has worked harder than anyone to keep the blues alive in and around Sonoma County, and I thank you for that, Bill Bowker.


Hopkins Yes

Logical fallacies often show up in campaign speech; for example, the use of simplistic either/or reasoning and appeals to fear. This kind of communication is not helpful to voters, because it primarily misleads rather than informs.

At the beginning of her race for supervisor, Lynda Hopkins made it clear that she would run a thoughtful and reasoned campaign. She has done just that by focusing time and effort on substantive policy issues. Looking ahead, Hopkins aspires to be a positive and effective supervisor, using a collaborative approach that increases the likelihood that problems get solved. This ambition echoes a campaign theme: "Let's work together." She will then regularly seek consensus and, sometimes, appropriate compromise.

Being a longtime environmentalist and an organic farmer, Hopkins knows that environmental protection is a critical governmental responsibility. Moreover, she believes that we can safeguard our scenic coast and fertile landscape without choosing to disparage certain community members.

Eschewing divisiveness, she will endeavor to involve the entire community in the wise defense of our natural heritage. She is a strong, new leader, a leader who can help us move beyond the old paradigms impeding our ability to address important challenges—present and future.


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