Letters to the Editor

by Letters to the Editor, June 30, 2010

LOCAL OR LOCOWEED?

Editor,

The “Superweeds” are here, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article “Superweed Outbreak Trig­gers Arms Race.” It reports that several varieties of weeds have developed an immunity to the herbicide Roundup, prompting farmers to revert to older, stronger herbicides. This being the Wall Street Journal, the focus of the article is not on the environmental risks, but on the profit opportunities for chemical companies.

Article excerpts follow:

WALL STREET JOURNAL (Friday, June 4, 2010)

Superweed Outbreak Triggers Arms Race, by Scott Kilman

Hardy superweeds immune to the Farm Belt’s most effective weedkiller are invading fields, prompting a counterattack from agribusiness that could leave farmers using greater amounts of harsh old-line herbicides.

The flagging weedkiller is Roundup. Its developer, Monsanto Co., also sells seeds for corn, soybean and cotton plants unaffected by the chemical, enabling farm­ers to spray it on freely without fear of harming their crops. Farmers now do so en masse, using “Roundup Ready” crop varieties for 90% of the soybeans and 80% of the corn grown across the U.S.

The rise of Roundup, more than a decade ago, sent older herbicides that damage both weeds and crops into deep eclipse. But now, as nasty invaders with names like pigweed, horseweed and Johnsongrass develop immunity to the mighty Roundup, chemical companies are dusting off the potent herbicides of old for an attack on the new superweeds.

And big chemical companies — taking a page from Monsanto’s book — are engineering crop varieties that will enable farmers to spray on the tough old weedkillers freely, instead of having to apply them surgically in order to spare crops.

Dow Chemical Co, DuPont Co., Bayer AG, BASF SE and Syngenta AG are together spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop genetically modified soy­bean, corn and cotton seeds that can survive a dousing by their herbicides, many decades old.

“It will be a very significant opportunity” for chemi­cal companies, says John Jachetta, a scientist at Dow Chemical’s Dow AgroSciences and president of the Weed Science Society of America. “It is a new era.”

The bioengineering push is causing controversy, though. Some of the old pesticides — in particular, those called 2,4-D and dicamba — have a history of posing more risks for the environment than the chemical in Roundup.

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Each of us has a choice in selecting what food to eat. Some buy their fruits and vegetables at a big box super­market, compromising their health while supporting big agribusinesses as well as their chemical poison suppliers and their shipping companies, since the food often comes from great distances.

If this corporate view of the world is unappealing, then we have to do more than talk. One way to act is to support the Boonville Farmers Market. This is our fourth year of growing for and vending at the Farmers Market, open each Saturday morning from 9:30 to noon at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. We, along with many of our fellow vendors, offer locally grown, herbicide-free fruits and vegetables. We enjoy seeing the many loyal custom­ers who shop at the market each week, but there are still many AV residents who don’t shop there. The agribusi­nesses are betting big bucks that shoppers will continue to buy lots of produce from the big boxes. According to the Journal article, they are winning their bet:

The chemical companies are betting their biotech investments will pay off in two ways: Farmers will buy more of their herbicides, and will pay big premiums for the new seeds.

Some 40% of US land planted to corn and soybeans is likely to harbor at least some Roundup-resistant superweeds by the middle of this decade, executives at DuPont estimate. That could create big demand for the herbicides that can kill the evolved weeds — and for the seeds of crops that permit free use of those herbicides.

…Chemical weed control even had some environ­mental pluses because it left the soil undisturbed, reduc­ing erosion. Farmers burned less fuel, no longer needing to crisscross fields with implements that root out weeds. The Roundup revolution, as some called it, freed up time for growers to plant more land, helping spur bigger farms.

But weeds are adapting. At least nine species have developed immunity to it. They’ve spread to millions of acres in more than 20 states in the Midwest and South.

…a farmer who grows cotton and soybeans on 8,600 acres near Osceola, Ark., says he spends hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on the herbicide. But after 10 years of use on his land, Roundup no longer controls pigweed, which ran rampant in his fields last year.

The weed, which can grow six feet high on a stalk like a baseball bat, is tough enough to damage delicate parts of his cotton-picking equipment. Mr. Holthouse had to hire a crew of 20 laborers to attack the weeds with hoes, resorting to a practice from his father’s generation. For the first time in years, Mr. Holthouse used some of an older, highly poisonous weedkiller called paraquat.

Many Southern farmers are spending twice as much on killing weeds as it typically cost them just a few years ago. “It is getting a lot harder and expensive to run a big farm,” says Mr. Holthouse. “This is nerve-racking.”

Farmers have no wish to return to labor intensive methods. The success of expensive seeds that are Roundup-tolerant shows growers will pay a steep pre­mium to control weeds chemically.

Some winery owners are concerned that such efforts will renew farmer demand for 2,4-D, to which grapes are highly sensitive if the herbicide drifts from a farm sprayer onto vines. Neal Newsom, whose 100 acre vine­yard in Plains, Texas, is surrounded by cotton fields, (says) “A neighbor could take me out in one night.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 to ban 2,4-D, citing research that suggests it disrupts hormones in trout, rodents and sheep. Dow says it is providing rebut­tal data to the agency. A spokesman for the EPA said it anticipates responding to the petition this fall.

Hope to see you at the Farmers Market!

Nikki Ausschnitt & Steve Krieg

Petit Teton Farm

Yorkville

PS. On another note, our organic produce and egg farm is just four miles outside Boonville (across from the Rancheria Group Camp/Mathias property) and we'd be happy to have you stop by for a visit.

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MONOPOLIES FOR ALL

Editor,

As a society we need cops, firemen, educators, gov­ernment workers. But they all have to be affordable because the fact is they produce nothing. As an example, the automaker gives the dairyman a truck and the dairy­man gives the automaker milk, cheese and meat. But with too much service costs in the middle, all that’s left for the dairyman is a truck without a motor. And the auto man gets sour cream with nothing to put it on.

The problem with the above government people is that they are all monopolies. In the early part of the last century we passed a few anti-trust laws (anti-monopo­lies), making monopolies unlawful. At that time Big Oil, Big Steel, Big Meat and other companies had cornered their markets and at that time actually lowered the cost of their products. The way was they ran others out of busi­ness with low prices and in reality it was great for con­sumers. But it was soon evident that when they had total control of the market they could and would charge what­ever they wanted. Legislation was passed to limit monopolies and keep that thing that has given us all the high standard of living we in the US enjoy. Again monopolies give us higher cots and poorer service.

In California practically all government employees have unions which are illegal since they have no compe­tition. These antitrust laws were meant for anyone or entity, not only for businesses.

I recall when we had many lumber mills it was com­mon for crews to try to break production records, but in government the idea is to make it last as long as possible and produce as little as possible. (The bay bridge, 16 years for a new approach and no end in sight and only three years to build the whole bridge.) This is certainly not true for all government workers. There are many who do their jobs correctly. But there is no incentive to be more efficient. Tenure is about as un-American and ille­gal as anything can be. And the fact that government workers for all practical purposes can’t be fired wipes out all competition. Since it is nearly impossible to change once the system has been created and to make it fair for all our citizens, I suggest the following:

All private small businesses (under 100 employees) and their employees can form this gigantic union to bar­gain for the same rights as government employees. I say small business because big business through their cam­paign contributions and lobbyists are already well repre­sented in Congress.

In this valley, all loggers, stores, restaurants, winer­ies, carpenters, plumbers… For that matter, anyone who doesn’t work for the government.

To begin with this would only be for California, since there are differences among the states in the United States.

Since we’ll wipe out competition, we don’t have to think about the score in any sports. We just play the games for health and brotherhood. All those employees at Walmart and the night clerks at the 7-11 stores I am sure are on board.

Since this is really, really big and it’s my idea we should start me out on a really big salary — with bene­fits.

Emil Rossi

Boonville

PS. I realize we don’t have any money, but we can pass a bond.

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GIMME SHELTER

Editor,

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the BOS adopted a budget that takes steps to close the county’s $11.6 mil­lion deficit. Based on the County’s current fiscal status, services are being consolidated wherever possible. As a result, effective July 31, 2010, Animal Care Services will now be offered to all residents through one central shel­ter location in Ukiah. This service delivery model for shelter services is currently used in other unincorporated areas of the county such as Laytonville, Covelo and Leg­gett.

While the County can no longer afford to operate two shelter facilities, it is the intention of the County to par­ticipate with the City of Fort Bragg and coastal residents to explore other models of non-county operation for the existing facility on Summers Lane. The recent shelter improvements and close proximity to several coastal population areas creates an excellent opportunity for a community based model to emerge. The County remains open to collaboration in identifying a new direction for these services on the Coast.

Animal Care Services will be provided out of the Ukiah shelter facility to the Cities of Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Willits, Ukiah and all unincorporated areas of the county. If you have questions regarding shelter services which include: licensing, impounded animals, owner redemptions, adoptions, spay and neuter services, lost or found pets or volunteering please call 707-463-4427 or 707-964-2718. You may also obtain information by vis­iting the Animal Care Services website at http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/chs/animal/pets.htm.

Animal Control Field Services will continue to be pro­vided through the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Division, for all areas except the incorporated City of Ukiah. Field officers will continue to patrol and pick up stray, injured and aggressive ani­mals. If you have questions regarding field related serv­ices which include: loose dogs, barking dogs, nuisance animals, injured animals, humane complaints or animal bites in the Unincorporated County areas, City of Fort Bragg, City of Willits and Point Arena please call 707-463-4086 or 707-961-2421. Within the Ukiah City limits please call 707-463-6262.

Sincerely,

Stacey Cryer, Interim Director,

Health and Human Services Agency

Ukiah

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BESS’S MESS

Dear Editor,

Mom Sanderson appeared in the Ukiah Courthouse in Department B on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:30pm. She pranced in, front cuffed, wearing a smart red jumpsuit.

Her attorney, Mark Kalina, requested and got the judgment and pleading to previous charges and the new charge of child endangerment rescheduled for Tuesday, June 29, at 1:30pm.

One charge, “allegation of accessory” was dismissed.

Kalina, while conversing with District Attorney prose­cutor Scott McMenomey, mentioned mom Sand­erson taking “parenting classes.”

Drop the charges and go to mommy school?

Don Morris

Willits

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CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF DUNGEONS

Open Letter to the Warden

of the Salinas Valley Prison

P.O. Box 1050

Soledad, Ca. 96960

Dear Warden:

It seems that you are guarding the wrong people in Salinas Valley Dungeon. I’d bet that not one man, nor any group of men in your prison, or any other U.S. prison, is capable of destroying the entire Gulf of Mex­ico. There are other dangerous criminals on the loose that you should be concerned about:

1. Those criminals who cheat whole families out of their homes — the mortgage fraudsters.

2. CEO’s and bankers who accept taxpayer bailouts for their speculative disasters with their investors savings and pensions, then reward themselves for their business acumen with obscene bonuses, thank you taxpayers — banksters and corporate gangsters.

3.The Federal Reservists, phony’s, who are not fed­eral employees, but private international bankers who print money backed by nothing, fiat money whose value is by declaration only, then charge the taxpayer for the immensely profitable “service” so that the newly printed money carries an automatic debt — the international banksters.

4. Politicians who legislate away safety rules and the social safety net on behalf of corporations while pre­tending to represent the public — bought and paid for hucksters.

5. The manufacturers of weapons for war and the per­petrators of war are surely criminals because the primary business of war is murder, destruction, and intimidation — all anti-democratic. War itself is a criminal enterprise as it violates all ethical teachings, destroying lives on both sides including whole ecosystems, leaving eco­nomic and environmental devastation in its wake, refu­gees flooding other countries who cannot take care of them. Surely these criminals are much more of a threat to peaceful and planetary well-being than the majority of men inside your fortress walls.

I bet that not one man in your dungeon nor any group of them, is capable of destroying not just the entire U.S. economy, but the economies of all fiat money system countries. So who are the most dangerous criminals? Which kind of criminal is a greater threat to society, to the planet itself?

This letter is written on behalf of one of the suppos­edly ‘too dangerous to release’ inmates under your roof, Marc Hunter. Marc is a juvenile hall graduate, who wants to begin his formal education at the age of 37 with a G.E.D., high school diploma. Though Marc has re­quested this program of study before, he has been told that there are not enough enrollment places to include him. Does your institution encourage outrageous rates of residivison by refusing education, vocational training and even limiting the number of books per prisoner per month to the stingy, oh so parsimonious, number of 2, two books per month! In addition, whenever Marc is transferred from one address to another, his reference books are stolen, a total now of 3 or 4 dictionaries, one thesaurus, 2 books (one new and expensive) on drawing , for a starter. Some book packages are never received , for example, an 800 page collection of best mystery sto­ries. Department of Corrections, who is correcting whom?

My final question is, “Are dungeons, er, prisons, fit for human habitation?” I will appreciate your speedy reply in Mr. Hunter’s favor and on his behalf.

Sincerely,

Dorotheya M Dorman

Redwood Valley

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BROWN HANGS REXRODE

Editor,

Judge Ron Brown, true to his rep as a hanging judge in the Aaron Vargas child molestation case, sentenced Russell Rexrode to the maximum 9 months in county jail—6 months for possession of an abandoned lion cub & felony marijuana cultivation despite it being medical and legal, plus 3 months for probation violation. The judge granted an extension of six weeks before turning himself in. Rexrode intends to challenge his conviction based on new information that wasn’t brought out at trial and may go toward proving his innocence. His goal is to reverse his felony medical marijuana conviction so as to regain his right to own a firearm, enabling him to resume training his hunting dogs.

“I would like to teach my son the lessons you learn hunting. It instills discipline and patience. To me it is a sport, not to kill but to learn the ways of animals and nature.” On the marijuana, Russell added, “I thought I was helping people who couldn’t grow for themselves but they weren’t allowed to testify for me at trial. My attorney Katherine Elliot made a deal with the prosecutor to only allow four. What did she get for that deal? I got nothing.”

Pebbles Trippet

Elk

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REAL WATER!

Editor,

Engineers have found “ocean water” in the gulf at 6,134 feet level ( ±1 foot). The location is top secret. Only the Pentagon know the GPS location of this dra­matic finding.

Bureaucrats in Washington do not know the source of the water. They are perplexed! A press conference will deal with this major development tomorrow at 10am. after a fund raiser for an Alabama senator's reelection in the fall.

Meanwhile, the White house appointed a Blue Rib­bon taskforce directed by five Nobel prize winners -- all are appointed as Oil Czars, each equally given veto power -- to investigate the source. The question for the Oil Czars is: is it really water?

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered everyone to do NOTHING during the Blue Ribbon taskforce's deliberations. Every bureaucrat has responded with a 100% compliance -- that part of the goverment is working very good.

Environmental impact studies have to be done first, but only if the taskforce first determines that it is real water.

Enrique Sanicky

Fort Bragg

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WEANED ON OIL

Letters to the Editor

The US Department of Energy says America uses 20 Million Barrels of oil a day. That’s 833,333 barrels an hour, a Billion Barrels every 50 days, about 7.5 Billion Barrels a year. Problem is, Big Oil can’t produce any­where near that amount. That threatens National Secu­rity.

An article, in the 5-2-10 Press Democrat, “Stopping A Spill vs. Need To Drill,” by New York Times writer, Jad Mouawad, said, “The Gulf accounts for about a third of the nation’s domestic supply, or about 1.7 million barrels a day.” That being so, America’s total domestic haul is about 5.1 million barrels a day. That’s about 6 hours usage, only 25% of our needs. Americans are forced to pay the price of Foreign Oil for about 75% of their daily requirement.

During the summer of 2008, at $147 a barrel, Ameri­cans paid $2.2 Billion A Day to Foreign Oil. Today, a barrel is about $76 per barrel and Americans pay about $1.15 Billion A Day, to Foreign Oil. If we used half that to transition clean energy, we wouldn’t have oil or debt problems.

Currently, BP oil is leaking from the Alaska Pipeline and the Gulf Coast, while Chevron oil is leaking in Utah. The Taylor Energy Wells, in the Gulf near Louisiana, have been leaking since 2004. Destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, 26 wells were capped but some oil continues to escape the containment domes.

Big Oil has stopped any transition into clean energy for over 50 years. Oil dependence is the cause of our energy problems, not the solution. Oil is highly toxic. It destroys the ecology-of-life. It’s not a renewable resource. There’s no future in its diminished capacity. It’s a threat to our National Security. The only role for Big Oil in America’s energy plans is to help transition America to clean energy. To properly correct a wrongful effect, one must first correct its cause.

Ray Withey

Willits

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ANCHOR BABIES?

Editor,

“Arizona” is not after anchor babies. Please don't paint us all with the same brush. Many of us in Arizona are appalled that the flaming lunatics that we call our legislators have made Arizona the laughing stock of the nation. I live in Tucson. Many of us work with immi­grants, support Humane Borders and offer education and assistance to those seeking a better life in our nation. Phoenix, being the biggest city in Arizona, has cornered the market on legislators and fringe lunacy. The legisla­tors that are continuing these bizarre campaigns do not represent me or anyone I know. In answer to, “So, Ari­zona, have you no decency?” Arizona does have decency! We do have decency and many of us are out there protesting like the rest of you.

Vicki Hart

Tucson

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LYNDON BAINES OBAMA?

To the Editor:

President Obama, while announcing the sacking of General McChrystal as head of our occupation forces in Afghanistan on Thursday morning June 23rd in the Rose Garden, attempted once again the herculean task of defining our mission there. His verbatim statement was: “To disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda.” Yet, Gen­eral Petraeus only a week earlier before the Senate For­eign Relations Committee had estimated total AlQaeda strength in Afghanistan in the “double digits” (like less than 100). This is the same figure General Jim Jones, our National Security Advisor, gave Obama at year end. We rarely hear of any encounters between our 90,000 sol­diers and Al Qaeda. Instead, we continue to fight the Taliban. Obama says that our task is merely “to break the momentum of the Taliban.” He has failed to tell us what that could possibly mean short of extermination (White House announcement 06/23/10). Meanwhile, President Karzai meets with Taliban officials seeking a not-so-lethal solution. Back in 2008 while campaigning, Obama argued that Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time, but that Afghanistan was a necessary war. His reasoning went that the real threat to the US came from AlQaeda and Afghanistan had been its sanctuary. Were the US to abandon Afghanistan, AlQaeda would re-establish itself and once again threaten our Homeland (As reported by George Friedman in Stratfor in October 2009).

Looking back at this twisted logic, one must ask not only who was briefing Obama back in 2008, but how in the world he has managed to hold on to such fatuous rea­soning ever since. First, none of the 19 named hijackers were Afghani. Second, the Taliban had no hand in the 9/11 planning. And third, even the FBI has been forced to admit that “they had no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11” (This statement by Rex Tomb, FBI Chief of Investigative Publicity was reported in the Muckraker Report June 6th, 2006 and further discussed by David Ray Griffin in his book “The New Pearl Harbor Revis­ited in 2008.” To this day, Osama bin Ladin's FBI files do not list “masterminding 9/11” as one of his accom­plishments.

(See www.Obama-watch.com <http://www.Obama-watch.com/> for more on the McChrystal affair.)

It smells like Vietnam all over again.

James Houle

Redwood Valley

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LONG ODDS

Dear Editor:

To any mathematically significant number. the chances of winning the lottery are the same, whether you play or not.

Best regards,

Bart Boyer

San Diego


Memo of the Week

Oakland Gears Up For Mehserle Verdict

Subject: Preparation for Oscar Grant / Johannes Mehserle Murder Trial Verdict

Please read carefully the following message from our building management regarding the possibility of civil unrest that might result when the verdict in the Oscar Grant / Johannes Mehserle murder trial is announced.

The Oakland office senior management team is meet­ing on Monday morning to discuss what actions the Company will take to ensure your safety. We will com­municate additional information subsequent to this meeting.

Dear Tenants,

Please be informed that we are preparing to deal with civil unrest when the verdict is reached in the Oscar Grant / Johannes Mehserle murder trial. After the jury has finished their deliberation, the City will mobilize all available police officers. Furthermore, OPD has part­nered with all Bay Area and state law enforcement agen­cies and mutual aid will be activated to ensure that the City will have ample resources to respond should any disturbance arise.

Once the verdict is read, we plan to operate the Build­ing in secure mode. Secure mode is the same as weekend and after hours operation. Access is granted only to Tenants with an access card. In the event of a civil disturbance, the Building will operate in lock-down mode. This will mean that no one will be allowed in and out of the Building. We will give as much advanced warning as we can before security and/or engineering locks down the Building. You may leave the Building during secure mode operation but will be locked inside during a lock down. Please stock water, food, and snacks in preparation for this.

Since the City is planning for civil disturbances regardless of the verdict, we encourage you to have your employees stay home on the day the verdict is read if prior media notification is made. If employees are already at work, we recommend you send them home prior to law enforcement closures of transportation (street, BART, and AC Transit service). Once the verdict is read, we anticipate that there will be street closures and that BART will close stations in downtown Oakland. Please note that the BART shuttle will run as usual, tak­ing employees to BART and the 2353 Webster Garage, however shuttle service will discontinue once the Building goes into lock-down mode. As of yesterday, there are people already planning demonstrations. Social media (Twitter) is being used to organize protestors. As we become aware of any planned and unplanned pro­tests/disturbances, we will notify all the Tenants. We will be monitoring news reports of the trial events and encourage all of you to do the same.

Please distribute this information face-to-face or over the phone. A lengthy e-mail may not get the full atten­tion this topic deserves. Each individual’s personal safety is important to us. Please make this a priority. We will follow up with more informational and procedural e-mails as this situation develops. As always, please feel free to relay any questions or concerns you have regard­ing this e-mail.

Thank you,

Building Management

Oakland

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ONE BIG DRUG COMPANY

Editor,

My partner and I have been the owners of Lark Rex­all Drugs in Guerneville for the last 13 years. Our store has served the Russian River area for about 90 years.

We have many customers, some who have been com­ing to our pharmacy for 70 years or more, who are now being forced by their insurance company, CVS/Caremark, to get their prescriptions filled at CVS pharmacies.

One of my customers wrote a letter to the state attor­ney general questioning the legality of this action. In response, a representative from that office called me to explain that though the practice of forcing our customers to go to another pharmacy may be obnoxious and incon­venient, it is not illegal.

This is affecting independent pharmacies and chains all over the country. Caremark, which is a Pharmacy Benefits Manager that pharmacies must use to bill insur­ance companies, has taken patient information it receives through the billing process and developed contracts with various business organizations which forces their employees to use CVS pharmacies, a Caremark subsidi­ary.

CVS/Caremark business practices are so bad that one of the biggest chains in the country, Walgreen's, threat­ened to dissolve their contract unless changes were made. Needless to say, Walgreen's has a lot more lever­age to induce change than an independent pharmacy and was able to generate a compromise.

The Federal Trade Commission is presently investi­gating CVS/Caremark's deceptive and anti-consumer practices. So until there is a decision made by the FTC, I would urge anyone who is dissatisfied with being forced to get their prescriptions at a CVS Pharmacy to complain to their employers.

One of the more recent organizations to expose their employees to the heavy-handed tactics of Caremark/CVS is the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employ­ees. I think all the employees who have spent a large portion of their lives working for the county should be able to choose their own pharmacy.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM's) such as Care­mark are able to make contracts with various businesses because they claim to be a “cost savings” entity. Actually there are about 60 of our nation's largest employers that have recently dropped their PBM's or demanded trans­parency of their operation. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is pushing a bill to eliminate PBM's from the Federal Employee Health Pro­gram. Chairman Steven Lynch , D-Maine, said “federal employer plans (with PBM's) pay substantially more for drugs than other agency programs.”

I am nearing the end of my career as a pharmacist (47 years), and I have never witnessed anything like this. It is painful to see a family that has been coming to Lark Drugs since 1935 being forced to go to a CVS Pharmacy because the county or some other company has been sold a bill of goods by an organization such as CVS/Caremark.

James Gaffney, president/owner

Lark Rexall Drugs

Guerneville

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SPRINKLED, NOT STIRRED

Editor,

Albeit nearly giddy with delight at seeing my “hum­bly suggested marginalia” published in the June 16 edi­tion of the AVA, I was also taken aback by the printing of it in toto which I never intended.

I felt sure at some future date I would see the these bon mots culled from Will Durant's fine dissertations peppered judiciously about the pages of your publication.

I am loath (that's l-o-a-t-h: sorry, couldn't help it) to offend, but what part of marginalia was missed?

Another minor kvetch: my place of residence was given as “Soledad.” (Please don't give CDC any ideas!) when, of course, I am ensconced within the serene and bucolic confines of Mill Creek State Park, er, prison.

Shalom,

D.M. Bullock, loyal subscriber

Ione

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GREEN RESOURCES FOR BOO

Dear 215 Advocates,

I recently opened the Mendocino Yoga and Wellness Center in the center of the Village of Mendocino, for­merly Frankie's.

The “intention” is to establish a dispensary at this location. It meets the criteria and is a freestanding building with garden area, and decked spa space.

The ultimate “goal” is to use this location to generate the “green resources” to purchase the “original B’Nai Boo site,” aka the Boo established in 1971.

We can use the eight acres on the ocean at Big River as a world-class 215 retreat. It's about time!

Please make all serious inquiries to Box 1367, Mendo­cino, or call 301-717-7714.

Sincerely,

Allen Morgan, B’Nai Boo

Nonprofit 1973 EIN number 68-045-4191

Mendocino

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OUT! NOW!

Ed,

Bye-bye, Afghanistan.

Now we will finally — after ten years of bullshit — get the truth.

With that asshole McCrystal gone, the fact that we’re in yet (aarghe) another Vietnam the people will be able to see the parallel: Trying to save illiterate peasants from their own dysfunctional government.

Bring the boys home! Do it now!

Head-in-the-Clouds

Trinidad

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HELP FOR BP

Dear Editors:

Kendall Smith should donate her hair for oil cleanup.

Bruce Patterson

Boonville

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SENIORS & TOKERS

Letter to the Editor

Navarro Vineyards and the Anderson Valley seniors would like to thank the many volunteers who helped pour Navarro wine at the fundraising booth during the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. All the proceeds for the sales were donated to the Anderson Valley Senior Center and the Anderson Valley Elder Home. The gen­erous volunteers who helped out included Kathy Mac­Donald, Michael Nissenberg, Aaron Sawyer, Kerry and Tony Sanchez, Alex Crangle, Ann & Kurt Amman, Peggy Miniclier, Tom Hunter, Sue Ellery, Tex and Lynne Sawyer, Michael Addison, Nat Corey Moran and Meade William, Rose Easterbrook, Sherri Hanson, Anne Bennett, Aaron Weintraub, Megan Hill and Jeremy Capurro. Thank you to Erika Lemons and Lemon’s Mar­ket for donating ice. A special thanks to Sarah Bennett, Star White, Mary Calo and Tracey Bonnet for being sure that the coolers were stocked with wine all weekend, filling in when staffing was low and keeping the good vibes flowing into the wee hours of the morn.

Sincerely,

Deborah Cahn

Navarro Vineyards

Board Member of the Senior Center

Navarro/Boonville

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