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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Vote now on Roseland

EDITOR: On Tuesday, you published an exciting story of utmost interest to almost every resident of Sonoma County, especially western Santa Rosa and Roseland (“Road to annexation”). Why does the City Council have to spend $647,000 of the taxpayer money to study the issue?

What is wrong with making a simple, clear-cut leadership decision? What's to prevent the city of Santa Rosa from annexing Roseland? How much longer does Santa Rosa want to remain a farm town or an adjunct of Napa and the wine industry?

Why won't the dedicated, intelligent members of the Santa Rosa City Council take the bull by the horns and simply vote, yea or nay, to either annex Roseland, giving it its rightful place in Sonoma County, or to keep it as a subservient ghetto?


Santa Rosa

Saving an oak

EDITOR: Many readers may not know that our beloved Jack London oak tree would no longer be with us if not for the efforts of Chris Monroe (“Saved by the ax,” Dec. 24).

Monroe contacted UC Berkeley Professor Matteo Garbelotto, an expert on the Sudden Oak Death, when news of the tree's impending removal was announced. He asked him to inspect the tree and report his findings. Monroe was convinced that the alleged fungus was not present as stated by a group of state arborists.

Garbelotto's findings, as well as those of scientists from UC Davis, confirmed Monroe's conviction that the magnificent 350-year-old tree is basically in good health, and it will be allowed to live out its days, subject, of course, to annual inspections.

What a difference one person can make by following their passion and persevering against all odds. Maybe others will take heart from his example and speak out on issues that concern them, or perhaps become volunteers themselves, especially in support of our natural resources. Mother Nature needs all the help we can give her.

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