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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On Sunday, I walked my dogs up to Spring Lake during the third day of constant rain and intermittent downpours. Water from the hills was gushing down the ravines, happily gurgling from every hillside, filling the waterways leading to the lake, which was flooded —well over the walkways on the south side of the park.

But instead of enjoying the gift from the skies, the newspapers have to persistently remind us that “it won’t end the drought.”

We know that, but can’t we take a break from the doom and gloom for a brief time and simply be grateful that the rain has finally come?

CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Santa Rosa

Sebastopol’s fears

EDITOR: What is it that causes individuals, good well-meaning citizens, to discover after election to public office that they have been anointed to preach to the barefoot, unwashed hoards not imbued with the “truth.”

The contagion of SmartMeters thought by some to bring an elevated risk of dizziness, fatigue, seizures and unhappiness with one’s spouse or partner, was bravely revealed by Sebastopol and expeditiously banned by City Council resolution. Over this past year, the issue has faded from the headlines.

Fortunately, a new fear has been uncovered by Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob. He posits if Sonoma County approves fluoridation of drinking water, malevolent fluoride may seep into Sebastopol’s pristine water supply from fluoride-contaminated wastewater processed at the regional wastewater treatment facility (“Sebastopol makes fluoride opposition official,” Feb. 6).

Before we storm the Sonoma County supervisors’ chambers, let’s just take a minute — maybe take a deep relaxing breath or two — and look at Sebastopol’s most recent annual water quality report. There it is, on the city website, fluoride is already in Sebastopol drinking water, and it’s been there for years.

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