Letters: Redwoods, Justice Ginsburg, live theater, utility bills, jails, Wide Open Walls

Conservationists are determined to save a unique redwood forest in Sonoma County, which runs along the Gualala River. (Photo by Scott Thomas Anderson)

Join the fight

Re: “Battle begins to protect rare redwood forest in Northern California” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Sept. 23):

Thank you for your informative article about Friends of Gualala River’s ongoing challenge to protect the Gualala River and its watershed. The Gualala River watershed is located in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, 75% and 25% respectively, and Friends of Gualala Rriver is fortunate to have many supporters and active members from both counties and beyond. Anyone is welcome to join, or learn more about the Dogwood timber harvest plan and other efforts by visiting the website at Gualalariver.org.

Laura Walton, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Progress at risk

Re: “Protect RBG’s legacy, protect our health” by Stacy Cross (Essay, Sept. 23):

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s achievements include improving equity for women, instilling rights for the LGBTQIA+ community and improving reproductive rights for all. She made incredible strides, but the work is far from over and with her death, there is risk of losing some of the progress.

As a young female physician in Sacramento, this community has been incredibly welcoming. I have also seen some of the struggles of the city: when a man who was homeless came to our wound care clinic unable to adequately take care of his burn wounds because his supplies were stolen, when a patient couldn’t make her cancer follow-up appointment because she didn’t have transportation and when a man knew that his substance use was isolating him but didn’t know how to end the cycle.

Ginsburg recognized similar inequities and fought to ameliorate them. May her memory be a revolution.

Priya Suri, via email

Live theater

Re: “When will the show go on?” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Sept. 23):

Likely not until there’s a vaccine—they’ll be able to reopen in 2022.

Alison Brennan, via Facebook

Utility bills

Re: “Desperate times” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Sept. 21):

I would love to see a story on how the city utility bills are driving small business under. The rates for water and sewer on restaurants are charged by the square foot—and there is nobody in them but the bills keep coming. There will be nothing left but chain restaurants by the time this is over.

William D. Teach, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Criminal justice costs

Re: “A jail project that won’t die” by Liz Blum (Essay, Sept. 18)

Another reason to insist that the “criminal justice” system provide cost-benefit analyses for all its proposals.

Muriel Strand, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Support artists

Re: “Walls apart” by Graham Womack (News, Sept. 2):

I’m a sculptor, but I’ve done a bit of muralism. And I don’t really know David [Sobon], but I’ve met him a couple times and had some conversations. He seems like a good guy.

For anyone criticizing the WOW projects, or any art project, that is pretty low. It really doesn’t get much lower than to bag on artists trying to pay the bills and get a tiny bit of exposure by turning us against one another. With all of the negativity in the world, any art going up is okay in my book. This sort of deliberately conceived and directed infighting is juvenile and weak.

Until you’ve worked as an artist or an art promoter and really understand the sort of attitude and lifestyle we have to live in order to be a serious artist and/or promoter, your opinion should really just stay in your mouth.

Stone Singh, via sacramento.newsreview.com

More murals

What a pity, hurting only the artists and the public. I am the historian and advocate in Arden Arcade and have thought Fulton Avenue is just begging for murals. Fulton has mid-century buildings, so murals would be awesome. Pity.

Kathy Stricklin, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Discriminated against?

I am a longtime local Sacramento artist and have created many murals for more than 20 years. One is inside Sacramento State University. In the last four years I have painted large-scale murals, most in the Franklin Boulevard district.

In 2017, I was promised to get my own wall by David Sobon. I have autism, and my communication skills not the best. I have applied three times for Wide Open Walls. Last year I didn’t get an email or a call of my denial for WOW. I really have a feeling I have been discriminated because of my autism.

Richard Herrera, via sacramento.newsreview.com

Different art

Re: “Heart to Art with AndYes” by Patrick Hyun Wilson (Arts & Culture, Sept. 11):

I enjoyed the poem. It is different for me since I am 89. It is a different art, and I am proud of you and your poetry.

Yolanda Martinez, via sacramento.newsreview.com

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