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The Guy Who Hates Knitting

How long do the pole sweaters have to stay? Some of them are cute and all, but there's something decadent and wasteful about them just sitting there waiting for the rain to make them soggy and useless.

I'm sure the yarn folks got some kind of permission from somebody who said, sure, what the heck, go put some sweaters on our poles. But when it gets cold outside, it's not the poles that need sweaters.I guess they just seem like graffiti to me, flaunting prosperity when I can't walk out of the coffee shop without being asked for spare change.

Josh Gray

Sebastopol


State Park Fees

I disagree with your support for Prop. 21. State parks are in pretty good shape, their budget has not been cut that drastically, and most of the partial closures proposed last year did not happen and didn't need to happen. Most of the information we're hearing about state parks is coming from state park officials, who have an obvious self-interest in swaying public opinion. If a few changes were made in how state parks were run, the current budget would more than suffice to run the parks without any noticeable difference in service.

Also, I'm not sure it's fair to ask the people who never use state parks to pay the fees for those who use them all the time. I'm not opposed to the increase in vehicle license fees, but I think the money could be better spent. Helping those in need or, as a believer in use taxes, fixing the roads.

I worked at state parks for five years, and hope to work there again, so if you print this letter, I'd rather you not give my name.

Sure Thing, Bro

Petaluma


Negative Feedback Rating

Women in politics have come a very long way in a short period of time. This is good, unless the vetting system cannot detect the trophy wife. Who is a misguided trophy wife? Meg Whitman is, of course—she's simply out for another trophy on the mantelpiece, not for the egalitarian notion of our nation's founding documents or equality under the law.

Is she really capable? Is she forthright and ethical? Evidence says maybe not. Does she have a grip on being an American? She does—a wealthy American, who leverages the failure of our system to take to task Americans who have little to rely upon. Does she represent Americans who work for a living? Not even close. Meg is not running for governor as much as she's running for herself. Remember that her needs are not the same as yours. She needs nothing—she has it all, except for the governorship.

A vote for Meg is, well, a vote for Meg. To her, she's what's important, not the state of California.

Brian Wax

Palo Alto


Dept. of Rhyme

We had rhyme on the mind but were falling behind when the time came to prime the Best Of lists refined. San Anselmo, in kind, told us to redefine, and lest they remind, we are so inclined. What nonsense we signed that read San Anselmo Art and Design! The festival, we find, is San Anselmo Art and Wine.

The Ed.

First Week on the Job


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