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Close to Home: PD editorial is wrong on Measure A

  • Bodega Bay firefighter Chris Bonilla rappels down Bodega Head while training with Sonoma County Sheriff's rescue helicopter Henry One on on Wednesday, March 6. (Bodega Fire / The Press Democrat)

The March 15 Press Democrat editorial, “No on A: Bodega needs a better plan,” was both misinformed and irresponsible.

We are not the only people who disagree with the editorial. The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association, hardly a tax and spend group, has endorsed Measure A.

The passage of Measure A is essential to the safety of those who live in Bodega Bay and the tourists who visit the coast. If Measure A fails, the district would have to lay off one-third of its professional emergency service/life-saving personnel. If a crisis occurs, we would have at best two professional responders. If they are already on a call, there would be no immediate response.

Why does this matter? On serious medical or trauma calls, the number of responders and the speed with which they arrive on the scene may be the difference between life and death.

If The Press Democrat editor who wrote this editorial has a heart attack while sitting in his office, within minutes after someone calls 911, an ambulance and a fire engine will be on the scene. On the ambulance will be two medical responders, at least one of whom would be a paramedic. On the fire engine would be three emergency medical services professionals — five professionals, acting together, to give him his best chance of survival.

The Press Democrat wants to deny the residents of Bodega Bay, and those who visit, the same chance to survive as those who live in places such as Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Sacramento enjoy. That's simply irresponsible.

Ironically, The Press Democrat properly states some of the problems facing Bodega Bay. And, it properly notes that the problems we face are being faced elsewhere, too. Finally, it notes, “Unfortunately, nothing will be determined before Bodega Bay voters cast their ballots.”

That makes clear why The Press Democrat's final conclusion, that we should vote “no,” is so wrong.

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