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Friday's Letters to the Editor

Water and building

EDITOR: This will tick some people off. Sonoma County residents are facing possible water conservation restrictions/measures with the Board of Supervisors approval (“Countywide water limits likely in April,” Wednesday). Supervisor Shirlee Zane was quoted as saying that “drastic times call for drastic measures.” I would hope that the board is also considering imposing a moratorium on all building in the county. After all, the current residential and commercial users will be ordered to cut back their usage. What is the point of increasing the population and water usage at this time?

Healdsburg and Cloverdale have already imposed restrictions on water consumption. They should also act to restrict all construction until the situation improves. Maybe it is also time to explore the expansion of our storage systems. Yes, drastic times require drastic measures.



A challenge grant?

EDITOR: I will participate in the upcoming Undy 5000 described in Chris Smith’s Tuesday column, and I will donate $100 if Supervisor Efren Carrillo leads the pack.


Santa Rosa

End the embargo

EDITOR: We recently returned from a visit to Cuba. We viewed sustainable agriculture, local medicine, music, art and Cuban history. Cuba is a country experiencing socio-political transformation. The Cuban people were extraordinary, and we witnessed a culture rarely portrayed in the American media.

It is time to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba. This government policy has utterly failed, except to produce hardship and suffering among the common people of Cuba. A recent United Nations resolution condemned the embargo, with only the United States and Israel voting against it. The European Union is now expressing interest in establishing relations with Cuba. Latin America is watching to see who will take the lead in bringing about the embargo’s inevitable fall. If the U.S. fails to do this, the result can only be another loss of reputation in the eyes of the world.

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