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Letters to the Editor: 11/01/2013

Letters to the Editor

Gazebo Fest

Dear Editor,

We wanted to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Kenwood Gazebo Fundraiser on Oct. 20. What a fantastic day!

Thanks to the hard work of Don and Amy MacNair, Steve and Colleen Rose, Helena Duffy, Paul Kruzic, Jay Gamel, and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation – without them none of this would have been possible. Not to mention all the wonderful musicians, volunteers and donors! It was amazing to see our community come together once again. It really does take a village to raise a gazebo! We are grateful to live in such a wonderful place and look forward to many more community events when the gazebo is completed.

Thank you again for all your amazing support.

The Musser-Kirby Family
Glen Ellen

To the residents of Kenwood

On behalf of the Kenwood Plaza Park Gazebo Committee, we would like to offer many thanks to everyone involved in the Kenwood Jazz, Blues and BBQ benefit for construction of the gazebo and the adjacent shade garden. Everyone who lent a hand deserves kudos for the outstanding efforts put forth for this event. The weather was the epitome of fall in Kenwood, perfect temperatures, beautiful fall colors, all in our own Kenwood Plaza Park.

The music was amazing; great blues and jazz performed in the spirit of the day. Every musician donated their personal time to perform for us. Included were Jami Jamison and the Moonlight Riders, John Burdick, Laura and John Benward, The Kenwood Jazz Ensemble with Joel Kruzic, and The Rett Hamer Blues Band. It was truly a joy to have these great performers working their magic.

Delicious food, in copious amounts, was graciously donated and prepared by our local restaurants. Represented were The Vineyards Inn (BBQ brisket), The Garden Court Caf (BBQ Chicken), Doce Lunas (cole slaw and potato salad), Caf Citti (mac and cheese) and our under-new-management Kenwood Restaurant (albacore salad and dessert). Everything was prepared to perfection and served in generous portions. Beer was donated by Lagunitas Brewing Company, wine was donated by Naked Wines, Deerfield Ranch Winery, MacLeod Family Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood Vineyards, Kaz Wines, Plata Wine Partners, Ordaz Family Wines, and John and Laura Benward.

The silent auction was expansive, with every item (about 70 or so) donated to the event. If you were there, you know what a great auction this was. Our donors were generous, and the winners very happy with their winning bids and almost every item went home with someone.

Thanks also to the Kenwood Press, Swede’s Feeds, Doug Del Fava, the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, Kenwood Fire Department, Kenwood Community Church, and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Everyone stepped up to the task and helped in so many ways towards the success of this initial event. A special thanks to the Musser-Kirby Family for their strength, support and generosity.

If you missed it this year, put it on the calendar for next year. The event was a resounding success and best of all, it was truly a community event celebrating and benefiting the Kenwood Plaza Park.

The Kenwood Plaza Park Gazebo Committee

In response to “Oh goodie a casino”


I have been living in Oakmont and getting the Kenwood Press for almost 10 years. I have never, during this time, read anything in this paper, or the Oakmont paper about the plight of juveniles who wind up in our kids jail (many of them are Native Americans) across the street in Los Guilicos Juvenile Hall, or about the plight of Native Americans in our own community.

Most likely unlike the editor of this Oct. 15, 2013, editorial, I read the U.N. Report chastising our country for the status of our Native population. Facts from this report:

The 310 tribal-overseen “reservations” in the U.S. on which about half of the 4.5 million Native American population lives today are sites of our country’s most grinding poverty.

Some reservations have an unemployment figure of 66% with an alcoholism rate five times the national average.

Fewer than half of Native American youth graduate from High School.

I had the great privilege of meeting Greg Sarris, head of the Graton Rancheria, well known author, and former UCLA professor. I met him at the opening of the TANF program, that Graton Rancheria brought to our community; temporary assistance for needy families. Anyone, including this editor, who does not want a casino in their environment, should, instead of making smart-ass, and sarcastic remarks about the Graton Rancheria Casino, might instead, get to work and help redress the historical and on-going injustices committed against our indigenous population so they have better alternatives than gambling businesses.

This editorial is smug and racist. Get out of your white world and look around.


Ellen Dolores

[We reject the writer’s assertion that being opposed to a casino in Rohnert Park makes one, de facto, a racist. – Ed.]

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