Letters

Public Letters to the County

“Dear Tennis…..take measures to stop unmitigated winery/vineyard growth before our beautiful home is changed beyond recognition.”

Dear Tennis; I am a 30-year resident of Sonoma county living on a formerly quiet country road in Sebastopol. Due largely to wine-related tourism, my road has become like a freeway. I oppose the roll-out of the red carpet to nearly anyone wishing to plant a vineyard or build an event center. Our narrow, pothole-ridden […]

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Another Dear Mr. Wick letter…….”And this brings me to another issue…….WINE PRODUCTION IS NOT AGRICULTURE!”

Roberta Teller Sebastopol, CA 95472 November 15, 2015 Dear Mr. Wick, I am writing to you today to express my deep concerns about the lack of regulations and the expansion of wineries and event centers in my beloved Sonoma County. I am asking that YOU, as a leader in our community listen to me and

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Another response to Karissa Kruse, President of the Winegrape Commission: “we are their customers – not their enemies as suggested”.

We are not anti-winery. We are simply asking for some control over the rampant growth of wineries and their tasting room-event centers in inappropriate rural locations. As citizens of this county we have every right to input on matters that affect our lives. The wine industry should remember we are their customers – not their

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“More Drugs, More Money” the dark side of the wine industry that we don’t talk about, alcoholism….

  Letters to the editor, Sonoma West Times, November 26th, 2015 EDITOR: So let me get this straight, this whole argument is about the 439 wineries operating in Sonoma County (439 wineries!) wanting the right to grow, process and sell a drug that ruins an untold amount of lives, causes immeasurable amounts of financial and

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In response to Sonoma County Winegrape Assoc. attack on concerned citizens

A grape-growing, winery-working friend of mine has responded to the Winegrape Commission President as follows. Feel free to use these ideas in letters and in other ways. You can quote her, but the writer must remain anonymous, since if it is from an authentic small family farmer. Shepherd “Clearly, some rural residents are frustrated with

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