>> Loved Norway
Thank you for your wonderful article about Norway (November)! I am a Norwegian native who specializes in travel to Norway, so I read with critical eyes. This is one of the best travel articles I have read about Norway, with pictures to match! Since we are planning a small hiking group trip to the Norwegian fjord country in July 2009, this could not come at a better time for us!
Thank you again!
Sidsel (Siss) Moller, Kentfield
>> Iraq statement
In his POV column (November) Jim Wood wrote a few lines about America and the Iraq situation, ending his discourse by saying “on November 4th, the real America will step forward.” Mr. Wood, are you suggesting that those of us who believe that the Iraq conflict must be won, the country stabilized and given an opportunity to have a peaceful society are not “real Americans”? How insulting to those who have a different view of the world than you do and how disrespectful of our brave military who are endangering their own lives to create a society a long way from home that has a chance to live in peace. I think that you owe your readers a big apology.
Hugh Scott, Belvedere
Editors’ note: For more on Iraq see Journey, where Jim Wood documents his recent trip to Iraq with Bay Area doctors and the International Medical Corps.
>> Oyster farm support
Your slick and fashion-filled magazine has usually gone straight from my mailbox to my recycling, but this time I happened to glance through it and find P. J. Bremier’s article “The Oyster War.” I congratulate you, and Bremier, on an excellent piece of well-balanced reporting that tells it like it is: a war. I am still befuddled as to why Don Neubacher, superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, sees Kevin Lunny’s Drakes Bay Oyster Farm as the enemy, but it is clear, at least to me, that Neubacher is manipulating data in whatever way he sees fit to get rid of the farm. I don’t understand why; it almost sounds like a personal vendetta. Marin County is so amazingly fortunate to have a bounty of farms and ranches within our borders, and I think we should do everything in our power to preserve and enhance their existence. Point Reyes National Seashore has the opportunity of modeling for the nation how public lands and private farming can coexist for the benefit of all. I hope that Mr. Neubacher will change his stance and take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Margaret Harding, Mill Valley
>> Elitism in Congress?
In November’s Conversation with Lynn Woolsey, I was amazed by the congresswoman’s elitist attitude, considering her simple roots, in her comment that aside from the Sixth District and urban population centers—New York, Chicago, California, and possibly Florida—the rest of America is “not educated enough to analyze and evaluate what’s good for them.” I guess that’s why we need Congress, to show us the way with a twelve percent approval rating (CBS/New York Times)! Amazing!
Paul Dobson, San Rafael
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