Meeting Bernie

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Bernie Sanders represents many things to many people. To me, he represents a thoughtful and considerate man and here’s why:

While living in Vermont in the early ’80s, I had the opportunity to meet Burlington’s Mayor Sanders under somewhat challenging circumstances. The first took place on a bitter cold day during the December holidays. I had parked in downtown Burlington across from City Hall to finish some last-minute gift shopping with my three young kids. When we returned to our parking space, the car—a rusty Subaru—was gone. It was then that Bernie approached with a “Can I help you?” When I told him that I thought our car had been stolen he looked at the street sign that clearly stated “12-minute Parking” and asked, “Did you read the sign?” I hadn’t. Bernie told us to “Wait here,” left us for a couple of minutes and returned to let us know that the car had been towed and he’d called a cab to take us to the car impoundment.

A few months later, after having dinner with friends in downtown Burlington, we got back to my car amid a full-blown snowstorm to discover the battery was dead. While we pondered what to do, a car slowly cruised by, made a U-turn, and pulled up to the front of the car. Mayor Bernie emerged with the words, “Looks like you fellas need a jump.” Cables were connected, the car started and off he went.

Bernie is a true man of the people—then and now.

Mike Simpson

Retired Superintendent/Principal

Petaluma

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My husband and I are both avid readers of the Pacific Sun. I read a letter to the editor in this week’s paper (“Movie Phone) about movie times not being in some issues. I was concerned maybe you were dropping it. My husband and I  patronize the advertisers, restaurants, and other venues that you profile. We read the classifieds—not much for the astrology—but I do read your paper pretty much covered a cover. 

We wish you continued success but please, please do not discontinue the movie listings. I know a lot of people depend on those. There is a perception that everybody goes on their phone for movie times. Oh no they don’t. Some people still like a newspaper in hand even though they are internet savvy. 

Elaine Innes

San Rafael

Though sometimes there are space considerations that preclude certain items from running, we have no intention of discontinuing the movie times. — Editor

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