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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Don’t get burned

EDITOR: Many residents of Sonoma County celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks where they are legal. For residents of Rohnert Park, we ask that if you purchase fireworks as a part of your celebration, you purchase “Safe and Sane” fireworks, which are legal in Rohnert Park.

We strongly urge residents and their guests not to use illegal fireworks which are just that, illegal unless part of a city-approved fireworks show.

Rohnert Park Public Safety will have all of our police officers and firefighters working this Fourth of July to keep our community safe.

Last year, approximately 12 individuals were cited for possessing or lighting off illegal fireworks with the fine being $1,000. This is a steep fine, but so are the potential risks that come from illegal fireworks. This year because of the drought conditions, our state is highly vulnerable to wildland fires.

Please celebrate the Fourth of July safely with your friends and family. Don’t get burned with a $1,000 fine because you were caught using illegal fireworks.

Thank you for your cooperation, and happy Fourth of July.

BRIAN MASTERSON

Chief, Rohnert Park Public Safety Department

Corporate sponsorships

EDITOR: Your article about park sponsorships (“Push for public-private partnerships stirs concerns,” June 22) stirred a thought within me. As I have been noting over the years, general advertising and sponsorship creep is everywhere, from athletic stadiums and NASCAR to TV newsrooms (and a lot more).

Some seem not to notice or care, but the descent into total corporate hegemony over our collective consciousness, to say nothing of our mercenary and uncaring politicians, seems out of control.

Let’s take this sponsorship/endorsement thing to total absurdity and open the concept to all areas of capitalistic greed, and sell our military branches to those defense contractors who profit most in our bloated system. Something like our Navy, brought to you by North-American Rockwell, or the U.S. Air Force by Boeing — you get the idea. Just think of all the millions/billions that could be generated over time as our citizenry is lulled into total acceptance of our military-industrial complex.

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