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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Forestville compromise

EDITOR: Sally Quady's letter (“Shrunken park,” Wednesday) concludes with a disingenuous statement: “Score one for special interests.” The Forestville Local's Alliance is composed of ordinary citizens with a genuine interest in the future of the community. The same is true of the Forestville Planning Association.

Through a process of open negotiation, at the request of Supervisor Efren Carrillo and Bill Keene of the Open Space District, a compromise regarding the eight acres in downtown Forestville was reached. An accurate description of the agreement is that five acres will be set for mixed use, and three acres will be set for open space.

One of the five mixed-use acres will be for a town square with a parking lot. That acre and the three open-space acres will be covered by a conservation easement. The net result is that you have four acres for open space and four acres for development. This compromise was reached after many meetings and brainstorming sessions between both groups.

It is unfortunate that Quady didn't attend the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Oct. 22 where the supervisors unanimously passed this resolution. Had she attended, she would have heard the representatives of the Forestville Planning Association and the Forestville Local's Alliance, the supervisors and other ordinary citizens praise the results achieved by this process.

GARY HARRIS

Forestville

Guns do kill

EDITOR: The National Rifle Association teaches “guns don't kill people, people kill people.” If it's true that under some circumstances law enforcement has less than a second to decide to kill or be killed, then guns do indeed kill people. Even toy guns.

DOUGLAS BOSCO

Santa Rosa

Misguided policy

EDITOR: Lead in the environment is toxic. Environmental policy based on suspect science is worse. The California condor survives today thanks to the Herculean efforts of conservationists who nursed the population from 22 remaining animals to more than 400.

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