18 Dec 18
Marin Independent Journal
Whooping cough cases
are on the rise in Marin
Residents of Marin County should be aware of a large increase in the cases of whooping cough in Marin this year.
It is ironic that a community rich with resources, including access to medical care, is experiencing a resurgence in an entirely preventable disease. Awareness of the disease can lead to patients seeking earlier intervention and the community seeking better preventative measures, including the adult vaccination booster known as TDAP.
Prevention by vaccination works in two ways, by protecting the individual with fairly high levels of efficacy, and via herd immunity — the concept that if the community is free of disease, its members will be unlikely to get and/or spread the disease.
Unfortunately in Marin today, even children who are vaccinated are now getting sick due to the increased exposure of the disease.
Year to date, the county has seen over 200 cases, which is five times or 500 percent higher than last year. For comparison, this year in Los Angeles County, population 10 million, there have been 260 cases. Additional information can be found from the county and the Centers for Disease Control.
— Jennifer McNealey,
Council’s mayoral vote ‘a
sad statement on Novato’
Watching the Novato City Council discuss the council reorganization for mayor and the many, many people — including Larkspur Councilman Kevin Haroff, who spoke for Pam Drew to become our next mayor — completely ignored by council members Josh Fryday, Eric Lucan and Denise Athas was a sad statement on Novato.
The impassioned plea by Councilwoman Pat Eklund stating the amount of letters, emails and phone calls she had received, including two letters from former mayors, was a strong testament to the will of the citizens of Novato.
Athas, Fryday and Lucan didn’t mention the emails and telephone calls supporting Drew. Why? Because this is political, pure and simple; they do not like the way she votes, asks questions and researches all issues. Even though they have the majority, Drew is just inconvenient and raises too much attention to issues they would like to just rubber-stamp and rush through.
Fryday, Athas and Lucan used to just deal with Eklund and her huge and continued support of constituents; now they have two people to deal with. So, let’s just pile on Drew right before her election and let’s get a group of mean-spirited and dedicated people to do their dirty tricks.
At this moment Lucan, Athas and Fryday are just trading the office of mayor around between themselves. And Novato is much better for them as a bitter and divided city.
I do not think this is the end and I do not think this will end well.
— Ventress Dugan, Novato
Jail shelter idea was only
to offer temporary respite
In the Dec. 12 Readers’ Forum, Steve O’Keefe said he found it “distressing … to witness the acrimony, callousness and hatred so evident in our nation today,” and then turned around and accused Kenneth Dale of much the same when in fact he doesn’t even know Mr. Dale.
I’ve had the personal pleasure of knowing Mr. Dale for many years. He is one of the kindest, most endearing and thoughtful gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
In this world where local politicians are ham-strung by rules, regulations, committees and environmental studies before anything can be done, every idea to help our homeless should be on the table. In no way was Mr. Dale suggesting that we incarcerate our homeless. He came up with an idea that offered temporary respite from the cold winter nights. As citizens we need to step up to the plate and get our homeless off the streets in a safe, warm and clean environment. All ideas should be explored.
If you want to improve how we communicate with one another, stop throwing darts and come up with your own solution and I suggest you do it now, because there’s no room in the shelters and/or hospitals and it’s cold out there!
— V.M. Waddell, Novato
‘We stand in solidarity
with these people’
Over the last several months we have observed the plight of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — along with the overheated and heartless response from our government — with growing concern. In the end, the “hordes” threatening to overrun our country became just a group of weary men, women and children standing at our border seeking help.
We stand in solidarity with these people. They are fleeing violence and extreme poverty and seeking the promise of our country — protection, opportunity for right livelihood and peace in which to live and raise their families.
We recognize in these migrants our common humanity, our shared human needs and desires, and our collective moral responsibility to protect those most in need.
We acknowledge each country’s responsibility to address conditions and concerns of safety and livelihood; we also acknowledge each country’s legitimate borders and sovereignty. However, when human conditions rise to the level of desperation and crisis, we as a neighboring country with abundant resources have a moral responsibility to respond in compassion and support.
We call upon ourselves and those who share a vision of common responsibility to the human family to urge our leaders to find a means to receive these migrants, to ensure that they have access to legal counsel and receive a fair resolution to their claims, and to relocate them in welcoming communities.
We firmly believe this action of welcome will not only address the needs of our brothers and sisters, but will enrich and transform our communities. This action rekindles our country’s deep heritage and capacity for diversity, compassion and integration of untold immigrant populations. This is who we are as a country; this is how we became a nation.
— Sister Maureen McInerney, OP, prioress general,
of San Rafael
Skeptical of Marin City
These officials are acting as if no one is watching. But if we were paying attention, we’d see Marin Housing Authority executive director Lewis Jordan doing the gentrification shuffle down at Golden Gate Village (“Builder picked for Golden Gate Village upgrade,” Dec. 9).
We’d see him pull up a supposedly “lost” proposal like a rabbit out of a hat at the last minute of the formal approval process. We have a winner!
Discrepancies in the process were casually explained away as “simply a human error.” One wonders at what point in time such an error occurred, but not which humans will be most affected.
Had the plight of affordable housing in Marin City, involving mostly people of color, received a fraction of the coverage and energy as the name for a school district, our unbeknownst fate may not be, so to speak, to perpetually “live and die in Dixie.”
— Monte Summers, Fairfax
How about a city hotline
for dog park closures?
What’s with Dogbone Meadow and closures? Several of us senior citizens meet early, around 6:30 or 7 a.m., have so for years to walk and socialize with our dogs.
Dogbone Meadow has been redone with new cement walkways, handicapped spaces and a nice lawn. It seems there is a water drainage issue now. The park does close each Wednesday for some grass cutting.
Is there a new city policy unknown to us, as when it rains they close the park for days? Most recently, it was eight days.
I drive seven miles to get there at 7 a.m., as do others, only to find the park closed without a prior notice. This is really a disservice to us early dog walkers and others.
Can’t the city provide a number updated that one can call at 6:30 a.m. to see if Dogbone Meadow will be open that day? Or just keep it open all the time, except for scheduled Wednesdays?
— Walter Schivo, Novato