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www.healdsburgtribune.com July 25, 2019 The Healdsburg Tribune Page5 , rl :you , Love it or leave it Country Roads T ast week, half of our nation's population was suffering r]r he BiggestLittle Farm;' ties!been highly I .through a record heat wave of life-threatening " I "recommended as a must seemovie. So, 1 proportions. Many of the rest us were left pc, ndering .l. when part of my farm family was whether we should "love our country or leave it, as our planning to attend, they were kind eno~ to divisive Twitter-fueled political clash keeps raging. As invite me. Harper and Tatum, ages 8 and 11, journalists who are devoted to everyone's rights to free speech with enough popcorn to last through the and open dissent, we felt compelled to put forth words of both planting, harvesting, predator balancing and offense and defense. But, instead, we have collected a series of words and quotes from others on the question of "love it or leave it." George McGovern, in his acceptance speech at the 1972 Democratic National Convention said: reject the view of those who say, 'America, love it or leave it.' We reply, 'Let us change it so we can love it more.'" George Washington said: "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." The radical revolutionist Thomas Jefferson said: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and patriots," meaning that if liberty is to exist, there will forever be a struggle of free people with the forces of tyranny. Other U.S. presidents through history left behind these words: "When even one American who has done nothing wrong is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth then all Americans are in peril." -- Harry S. Truman "Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong." -- Abraham Lincoln "Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed -- and no republic can survive." -- John F. Kennedy "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -- Theodore Roosevelt Dr. Seuss, who was not a U.S. president, said this: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." "Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." -- Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill "So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits varieb] and two because it permits criticism." -- author E. M. Forster "The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions." -- Sandra Day O'Connor, former Supreme Court justice. Here are two final quotes. Guess who said which one between President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.): First quote: "I'm very angry because our country is being run horribly and I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our health care is a horror show. Our vets are being treated horribly. Our country is being run by incompetent people. And yes, I am angry. I'm angry because our country is a mess." Second quote: "We have a political culture of intimidation, of favoring, of patronage, and of fear, and that is no way for a community to be governed. Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power." Sorry, but we are not revealing an answer to who belongs to which quote. They are almost interchangeable, anyway, which makes a bigger point for us about dissent and tyranny. Now, try to imagine what America might have, become the people quoted above chose to leave America:instea4of,: staying arid trying to fiiid better ways to love:it even mere J. : :, : ;- : : ':~i: :b,' '7:1 ", ~::~ ~'," "~ -- Rollie Atkmson Renee Kiff animal birthing of the Moorpark farm, were mesmerized like their parents and grandma. The next morning Harper and I were ! picking berries for market and I asked her, "What did you like best about the movie last night?" "The pig," she answered without hesitation. The fact that her sister and cousin had recently raised five hogs for the five months prior to the Healdsburg fair probably influenced her opinion. But, a mother pig is certainly a special creature, birthing all those piglets with such calm and resolution. Those scenes reminded me of the years when our sons invested in at least three producing sows over the years, overseeing the arrivals of dozens of able and instantly hungry, little, squealing creatures. Do you know that the mother pig will gather the bedding straw in her jaws and place it in a pile, making a big comfy nest just like a bird? How does she know to do that? '! We continued to speak about the farm in the movie. Harper 'then made the following observation. "Grammal they didn't talk about thinning the fruit." And I responded, "They didn't talk about weeding, either." We determined that the group of interns whom the farm couple had hired did all that work but it was still odd that that fact wasn't mentioned. On most family farms there isn't money enough to pay hired help or provide lodging for interns. The family farms. That means there are tasks that must be accomplished and it can get pretty intense during spring and summer. On this family farm there are four grandchildren who have lived either their whole lives, in the case of Lucas and Wilson Kiff; or most of their lives, that is true of the two Minnesota girls, who were less than 1 year and 4 years old when they moved to the farm. I recall a comment their dad, Tom, made when some of their friends questioned why the girls weren't going to attend preschool. His reply: ',I tell them they are enrolled at Ridgeview Farm Preschool." Some of my favorite memories involve time spent beside the children who lived their early years in the garden and with the few farm animals that we always had. Lucas would patter after Sarah and me, asking questions and upon hearing an answer would fire back, ,'How do you know?" Twenty years later we still laugh together over that. "Why did I say that?" asked Lucas. ,'I don't know," is my honest reply. Just yesterday, I reminded Wilson, now headed off to college, that I will always remember when he was given the job of chipping excess cement off used bricks and stacking them with the idea of their usefulness in constructing a low wall, "It never got built!" stated Wilson. "Why did I go to all that . trouble to move and stack them?" Again, "I don't know." Our Oregon grandchildren, all four of them, lived in Davis for much of their childhood, spending holidays and driving over to this farm often for farmers market events like the Pumpkin and Zucchini festivals. They, too, have memories of hunting for Easter eggs in the farm garden and harvesting apples and flowers. Their own family farm in McMinnville continues to be a source of shared work when the vineyard yields its crop of Pinot Noir and everyone helps from sorting through the grape bunches to drawing wine labels and managing the winery's website. I believe it is in every one of us to enjoy digging in the earth, planting seeds and seedlings, watching what happens when soil, rain and sun support growth. The mystery constantly unfolds before our very eyes, if We pay attention. It is that attention that the child and the adult share together which results in the miracle of learning and a new kindling of curiosity. What I don't know fills encyclopedias. What I do know is life on a farm brings wonder for a lifetime. Renee Kiff weeds and writes at her family farm in Alexander Valley. We are a racist country with a culture of OPINION Off the Top of My Head Wiare a racist country with a culture f tolerating it. This can't be news to nyone. It's just that now it has become all right to flaunt it, post it, scream it and be proud of that racism. I remember my mother's father, who died Gabriel Fraire in 1958, telling my ma, "When your children are grown there will no longer be racism in this country." If only Often throughout my life I have looked back on that statement and wondered what gave him such hope? In my lifetime I have seen little evidence that racism will disappear: I know in many ways things have changed. People of color can no longer be legally restricted in where they live, eat, pray or who they date or marry. I see multi-racial couples in ads on the television. I see blended children. But I know Americans are often not comfortable with those who do not look, think or act just like they do. A country that built its wealth on slavery can't really be expected to change. Americans like their wealth and how they get it is often not important. Yet, the only people being chased by ICE are people of color. Today in the American South blacks still live in fear of the white man. Lynching still exists. Voter suppression is encouraged. When traveling through the South I approached a door to a grocery store at about the same time as a black man. He stepped back to allow me to enter first. He wasn't being polite, he was being safe. After all I am a light-skinned Latino and as far as he knew I might have been white. To this day that experience still saddens me. I wonder what my grandfather would say if he were alive today. Would he be surprised that we as a country haven't made the progress he assumed we would? When I was a freshman in college, one of a handful of people of color in an all white school, I listened to an Asian woman say that racism will continue until we are all inter-married and our children are all mixed in color. Maybe she was right. Maybe if we no longer had "pure" white skinned people we wouldn't have racism. But I doubt it. The Irish were hated when they first arrived here, can't imagine a whiter race. I think if we were all blended maybe we wouldn't have racism based on skin color but we would find some other way to discriminate. Maybe we are already there because it seems like poor people are.now held in great disdain. Maybe it's just what humans do; try to make themselves feel better by putting down Today, we are no longer legally allowed to own another someone else. human but slavery isn't dead. Lowwage lavesex st in, every ' ff you are uncomfortable around a pe rson because of the color industry:/WecR~owingl~encou~age M~xica~ fa~rvh~tkerS~to,~'!~ ofth~ie ~kin~or their ~weaith statug,~ 0~ tl)e~ religion or e~city, com he ltegail %o Wdrk for;sub-par Wages in j0bs: re : you need to ask yourseff,' why? We the:s'am e undei"the Ameri ti,tfike. skir .i'g alhvant foo& sh [ter, and love. Try to remembei'tha Yet, when a politician wants votes he or she can always rage the next time you see someone who makes you uncomfortable. with the scare tactic of racism. We know that the majority of people in this country who are here illegally are here because Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He can their visas expired. Rather than return home they simply stayed, be reached at gabrielfraire.com. , Help Crockett hook up EDITOR: I would like to find a place to get hooked up with a 20-foot Wanderer travel trailer. Hooked up to water, electricity and sewer. I am on a low income of Social Security, once a month, third of the month. When I pay all the bills, I am lucky to have $50 left. I am tired of the trailer with truck every two weeks, I've been doing it for aln~ost two years now. I was thinking about getting on a piece of property that has enough room for a 20-foot travel trailer and truck to get hooked up with. I am living with no heat, no water and no power on a limited income. I am by myself in the trailer. Please, please call me ASAP. I need a place to get hooked up to. Call Mike Peterson aka Davy Crockett at 707-483-8613. Mike Peterson Healdsburg Want 24/7 access to all our online news, views, sports and features? Visit healdsburgtribune.com. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Healdsburg Tribune welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@healdsburgtribune.com. OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Healdsburg Tribune offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit healdsburgtribune.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week's edition. For further information, call 707-433-4451. Josephine Catherine Peterson Longtime resident' of Cloverdale, and native San Franciscan, Josephine Catherine Peterson died peacefully at her daughter's home in Arcata, Califor- nia on Saturday, July 13, 2019. She was eighty-eight years old. Born January 17, 1931, Josephine lived her forma- tive years in San Francisco with her Italian'immigrant parents, Angela and Ernest Lagomarsino, her twin sister Lillian, and younger sister Laura. Their first lan- guage was Italian, and as the girls learned English in school, they dutifully gave the#parents daily English lessons. Mom shared many stories about growing up in the city where Frank Sinatra once boasted, "Now there's a grown-up swinging town." Mom reminisced about the joys of going:down to North Beach to buy the coveted prosciUtto at Molinari's and authentic fo- gaccia at Liguria's. More than anything, Mom loved to dance. She delighted in "jitterbugging" to Big Band music at the dance clubs on Market Street near Union Square, and was forever tapping her feet to the beat of a good tune. Even in Mom's final days, as she peacefully slept with Tommy Dorsey's big band music playing in the background, Mom was tapping her fingers to a perfect swinging beat. After attending Ursuline's Catholic Boarding School for girls in Saint Helena, California, Morn attended secretary school at the San Francisco College for Women, Lone Mountain. Josephine was the Personal Sec- retary for California's Supreme Court Chief Justice in San' Francisco when she met her future husband, James Peterson, who was a student at Hastings Law School and a law clerk at the time. They were married December 1, 1956 and had four children: James Jr Val, William, and Janel. In typical Catholic fashion, Mom always said she was going to "keep going until I get my girl." Jim and Josephine lived in Walnut, California where Dad worked for the Attorney General's office in Southern California until he talked Morn into moving the family to a ranch in Cloverdale in 1972. Josephine accli- mated to ranch living by baking her famous blackberry pies, canning fresh tomatoes from the garden, and baking loads of fresh bread. Morn even- tually worked as a secretary for the Superintendent at the Geysers and stayed with PG&E until her retirement. Early on, Mom forged close friendships with her sorority sisters in Cloverdale's chapter of the national service organization, Beta Sigma Phi, including: Jane Paulsen, Neva Goodman, Mary Jane Middlestat, Mary Larsen, Louise Andersen, and many, many more.Mom's social cal- endar was always full; she was involved in every- thing. Mom could be seen with her people in the ice- cream booth at the Citrus Fair, pouring wine at the church gala, serving crab at a crab feed, adorning her hat for Red Hat Society activities, day-long bridge tournaments, and picnics at Lake Sonoma. Her friends and family remember Josephine teach- ing them how to make raviolis, lasagna, and her sauce. Mom was especially talented in sewing quilts, an art form she enjoyed with her dearest friend, Dottle Hunt. Together they spent hours at a time sewing quilts that are now part of Mom's grandest legacy. Recently, it was heartwarming to catch Mom study- ing the stitching on one of her quilts she made so many years ago. Sewing masterpieces out of fabric, with Dottle, was Mom's most treasured past time. Josephine loved her family and took such pride in her children and grandchildren. She could be seen sitting in the crowd, cheering them on in every game, match, swim meet, high school event, college graduation, wedding, and birthday. She was thrilled to be a grandmother. Amee, August, Jr Sam, and Harry were Josephine's ultimate gifts. Mom was a loved aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and their children. She put many miles on her car to enjoy their company year round. Josephine was a second mom to countless of her children's friends too. She was fun, loving, and gullible for a good prank. Mom was loved by many. Josephine is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Pe- terson; her parents, Ernest and Angela Lagomarsino; and cherished twin sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Charles Chiapellone. Josephine is survived by her sister, Laura Dubnoff Odegard; her children Jim Peter- son, Jr Val Peterson, Bill & Adrian Peterson, Janel Catalano; her grand- children, Sam and Harry Peterson, Amee and August Catalano, Jr.; and many nephews and nieces. Josephine's children encourage all friends and family of Josephine to take a moment to play Frank Sinatra's "All of Me" in memory of our dearly missed mother. 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