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Volume 6, Number 1   January 15 - February 12, 2009

Stay Light on your Feet to SURVIVE

Choosing Optimism - Stay Light on Your Feet
By Vesta Copestakes

There's no question that at least some of the Gloom and Doom in the news is very, very real. But rather than get depressed about it, we can take a simpler, and more pleasurable, path toward turning this tide around.

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Willing to Work

What's wrong with this picture?
Willing to Work, Sonoma County Labor Centers
By Vesta Copestakes

I was recently approached by an irate business owner in one of our small communities. Latin day laborers are hanging out on the street, milling about waiting to be picked up for work. This goes on from early morning to mid-day or even into the afternoon. Downtown merchants get people complaining that they feel uncomfortable walking the streets. Business is down. People are discouraged and wondering what to do.

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Local Heroes
Little Red Hen Prevents Crisis at Sebastopol Pantry
Local Heroes, Sebastopol, Sonoma County
By Cecile Lusby

While winter food supplies are uncertain, Fall, 2008 brought a temporary bailout for Sebastopol's Pantry. September and October presented stark challenges to its operations. Not only were there more people needing help with food, but the amount of cash in the treasury dropped along with the economy. Fortunately a new philanthropic agency reversed that trend.

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Sonoma County Clean Water Rapidly Disappearing
By Brenda Adelman

In a national survey on planet biodiversity, it was determined that seven out of ten biologists believe that we are in the midst of a mass extinction of living beings.

They rated biodiversity loss as a more serious environmental problem than the depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, and pollution, although these three together may contribute significantly to the crisis, which is occurring because of great damage to the natural systems that purify our air and water. Unlike five previous mass extinctions attributed to natural phenomena, it is believed to be caused by human activity.

In the Russian River area we are being required to immediately deal with the precipitous disappearance of Coho and Chinook salmon and Steelhead Trout, with the first on the verge of total collapse.

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