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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Fair pay

EDITOR: How disappointing to read the article in Sunday's paper in which Sonoma County Fair manager Tawny Tesconi said the fair qualifies for an exemption to overtime requirements, and “every dollar counts” (“Exemption allows fair to not pay overtime”).

I'm so tired of people using loopholes to get around doing what is right. So the fair qualifies as an “amusement establishment.” Funny, I don't recall seeing halls filled with children's paintings and sculptures, amateur photographer's photos, handmade quilts and home-canned food items at Six Flags or Great America.

The temporary workers who fill the necessary positions of janitors and maintenance workers, ticket sellers and takers, parking lot attendants and others work long, hard hours at the fair — for pay starting at $8 an hour.

Based on an eight-hour day, that would be $64 per day. Denying them overtime pay for additional hours just doesn't seem right. I wonder if Tesconi was paid overtime when she worked at the fair as a teenager.


Santa Rosa

Tasteless cartoon

EDITOR: The Press Democrat ran a very tasteless editorial cartoon on Saturday after the tragic train wreck in Spain a few days earlier. If anyone missed the cartoon, it showed a train with Obamacare written on the side about to have a wreck, as stated by a GOP elephant, which was jubilantly carrying part of the track away. The train even resembled the one in Spain.

You could have at least pulled the cartoon out of respect for the victims and their families.



Protecting public land

EDITOR: I read Saturday's article about the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area with great interest (“Land plan stirs debate”). As mentioned, this innovative legislation (co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson, John Garamendi and Jared Huffman) would establish permanent protections for 350,000 acres of public lands with remarkable conservation values. Spread over portions of five counties and containing three wilderness areas, this little-known region shelters many species of plants and animals, including some that are rare and endangered, offers outstanding recreational opportunities and with careful management can be both a natural and an economic asset for posterity.

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