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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

For Measure B

EDITOR: Registered voters in the city of Sonoma recently received voter pamphlets and sample ballots for the Nov. 19 special election on Measure B. Absentee ballots will soon be mailed.

As nearly everyone knows, Measure B will help preserve Sonoma and the quality of life we all enjoy by limiting new hotels in the city to 25 rooms or fewer, unless and until annual occupancy rates in existing city hotels reaches 80 percent.

In the voter pamphlet, summary arguments for and against Measure B — signed by supporters of each viewpoint — are laid out for voters to read.

Arguments supporting Measure B are honest, factual and easy for voters to understand. The arguments opposing Measure B, however, are riddled with irrelevancies, untruths and silly fear-mongering apparently inspired by Halloween.

Perhaps most striking is that Protect Sonoma, the hotel developer-sponsored group formed to defeat Measure B, was apparently unable to find even a single hotel developer/investor or current hotel owner — not even the spokesperson for Protect Sonoma — willing to attach their signature or reputation to the lame arguments against Measure B.

That should be a clue — voting yes on B is the thing to do.



Politicians and prisons

EDITOR: Assembly members Tom Ammiano and Loni Hancock are pursing legislation to set rules and guidelines for solitary confinement in California prisons — an example of legislators over-stepping their bounds (“Changes sought in state prison isolation policies,” Thursday).

Ammiano and Hancock know nothing about prison administration and operations. They know nothing about the plight, situation and circumstance of corrections personnel and the difficulty and complexity of operating prisons. What they do know is that 30,000 inmates went on a hunger strike to object to certain gang members being placed in solitary confinement. They ignored the fact that more than 100,000 inmates didn't go on a hunger strike. Solitary confinement is being used as a means to control gang leaders and to stop them from leading and directing criminal activities from prison.

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