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Publishers' Corner: 02/15/2015

People behaving badly

Since the news broke about the Sonoma Country Inn property changing hands, bringing us ever closer to having a luxury resort in our midst, there has been mixed reaction, but mostly the same unhappiness with the idea that arose 10 years ago when the issue first came up. Apparently some felt the need to express their dismay and anger by driving up the road and yelling at people who live and work next door to the resort property. Brilliant, guys. You harrassed people wholly unrelated to the issue at hand.

Meanwhile, on Feb. 10 in Rohnert Park, a newspaper delivery man on his early morning route was attacked and beaten by two men who thought he was the person involved in recent thefts in their neighborhood. According to the Press Democrat, “Rodeo Van Bladel, 38, and Matthew Mills, 28, both of Santa Rosa were arrested on suspicion of hitting the carrier’s minivan with pipes, chasing the man as he tried to run away and then beating him...”

These people are idiots. Even if they had their intended target in front of them, they behaved badly. Vandalizing property, hurling insults, beating up people (especially someone who works for a newspaper!)…where do they think they are, the wild, wild west? Ever hear of calling the police instead? Ever think about checking your facts first? Ever think of writing a letter or talking to your elected county officials? There are grown-up ways to react, and boneheaded ways to react. We’d like to see more of the former from now on.

On a completely unrelated topic, unlike every other newspaper in America (OK, that could be an exaggeration), the Kenwood Press is expanding. Our circulation base now includes Bennett Ridge and Sonoma Mountain Road, bringing us up to 8,000 copies per issue. In case you didn’t know, the paper is mailed directly to everyone in Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Oakmont, and now parts of Bennett Valley. And we’re able to do this because of our advertising revenue. This business model has been in place for over 27 years, and it’s still a good one. So if you like getting the Kenwood Press, be sure to thank our advertisers, and be sure to use the goods and services they provide. We literally couldn’t do this without them!

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