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Letters to the editor from Nov. 8

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.

Streets a mess

EDITOR: Can the City of Petaluma find any more streets to tear up? There are a few they missed to make it completely impossible to get from one side of town to the other or even to get from the same side of town to whereever you want to go. No wonder all the stores are losing money — everyone is finding the quickest way out of town to shop elsewhere.

When it takes half an hour to travel on Washington Street to shop at the two shopping centers on that side of town, why bother when in 20 minutes you can get to Santa Rosa or Novato?

Since the city changed Petaluma Boulevard from the pleasant drive it used to be to the nightmare it is now, I hate driving to that part of town and rarely use it, instead driving down 6th to I Street, then getting onto The Boulevard.

Who plans these things? People who don’t drive is my guess. Every road, street, avenue, etc. is being constructed or deconstructed — it is not quite clear which. Seems to me whoever plans these things lives somewhere else and just comes here to laugh at us trying to maneuver on any of our streets!

Becky Winslow, Petaluma

Celebrate our veterans

EDITOR: Veterans Day and the parade are fast approaching. It is again time to honor those who have served, are serving, or will be serving in the military.

This year’s parade will be bigger than last year. Rain or shine, the parade goes on. It is the largest parade on Veterans Day in Northern California.

Some highlights will include: The 235th Engineer Company, the National Guard with two Humvees; three wagons of wounded warriors horse drawn with the Marin Mounted Posse; the Sonoma State Basketball Team; eight Buffalo Soldiers on motorcycles; and 26 corvettes with WWII pilots and models dressed as WWII soldiers. One rider will be an original Rosie the Riveter. In addition, I hope to have several tanks in the parade from Joe Garbarino’s San Rafael Military Museum. Joe Senior died on Sept. 17 and the tanks would be in his memory.

Overhead, 17 aircraft are scheduled, weather permitting. One of the three helicopters will be a Huey.

After the parade in Walnut Park will be a short program with Maj. Gen. Gary Medvigy speaking. To learn more, visit petalumaveteransflyin.com.

The Petaluma Museum is currently presenting The Korean War through Dec.15. To learn more, visit petalumamuseum.com

Please come out and support our veterans.

Steve Kemmerle, parade organizer, Petaluma

On obituaries

EDITOR: I take umbrage to the letter to the editor published on Oct. 4 by a Robert H. Myers. He questioned a portion of an earlier obituary about a deceased Navy veteran serving in Japan during World War II.

He asked where would he have been stationed in Japan. There is a distinct possibility that the veteran was serving on an aircraft carrier in Japanese waters. Medals were awarded to Naval personnel serving and dying in Japanese waters. During the battle of Okinawa, (in Japanese waters) American Navy ships were attacked by Kamikaze airplanes.

Another possibility is that the obituary was written by a family member who knew the deceased had served in the Pacific Theater of Operations but were not sure of where or when.

Robert H. Myers has made a very good point. Folks should take the time to write down any important facts of their life th-at they may want included in their own obituary; it might be good to jot down what you do not want included as well.

I have seen some obituaries where a departed person would be remembered, by readers, by some term of endearment that they would rather not have been made public.

Jack Withington, Penngrove

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