Personally, I appreciate men and women with vision and the means and determination to persue their visions. And I'm grateful when those visions are aimed at enhancing the place where I live. So I raise a virtual toast to Don Green and the White family, among others, for their dogged efforts to make Petaluma a better and more productive place to live and work despite of the equally dogged efforts of NIMBY's, BANANAS and the ever-regressive "progressives" to keep River City frozen in amber. Even though this recession has temporarily undermined many of their efforts, I believe that time will bear out the value of their vision to you, me and perhaps to even all of those who've worked so hard to oppose them.
The Argus thought that my characterization of the cranky NIMBY with the double standard wasn't a fair depiction of the opposition to the Dutra Asphalt plant. Personally, I see someone who looks like this guy participating in almost every public protest in our fair burg.
Turns out that Progressives in power behave no better than the so-called "evil" Conservatives they replaced. From Washington, DC to Petaluma BC (our idyllic town is seriously mired in the past) you see politicians smearing their enemies and ignoring or glossing over their friend's calumnies all in the name of political payback. Call it politics as usual, but don't pretend that anyone calling him- or herself a Progressive makes them in anyway superior to any other brand of politician, or human being, for that matter.