Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt commented on The soul of Napa Valley suffers

You have hit the nail on the head, Mr. Williams. Please keep it up. I think the citizens are waking up to the fact that things are going horribly awry in our beautiful valley. The Chamber of Commerce touts the "authenticity" of our small towns while doing everything in their power …

Benefit of the Doubt commented on St. Helena City Council rejects three tax options

Correction: In my comment above the 400 members of the CoC would make up 6.7% of the overall population of St. Helena. Still, in spite of the fact that we all have great respect for our business community, and their contributions to our quality of life, they represent a small portion of our …

Benefit of the Doubt commented on St. Helena City Council rejects three tax options

Mr. Scheidiman,
You seem to have misunderstood the payroll tax and how it works. For a better understanding, look at Mark Smithers commentary in The Star a few weeks back in which he explains it more fully. Mr. Barr was referencing that article. It would be up to the City Council to dete…

Benefit of the Doubt commented on St. Helena City Council rejects three tax options

This is typical of Pam Simpson. Attack the messenger, call them "inaccurate", offer no real facts of her own, and then move on in hopes that no one actually listens to what they might have to say. No doubt we will see another long, flowery article from her soon, one in which she t…

Benefit of the Doubt commented on Citizen's Voice St. Helena sends out letter

If you had bothered to read the Mayor's response to the Citizen's Voice letter, you would see that the only "inaccuracy" he could find was that the Chamber of Commerce is paid $210, 000, instead of the $200,000 cited in their letter. I found the letter to be accurate and informativ…

What a disappointing account of the all-day City Council meeting. As a member of the audience, I can report that the only reason the council turned away from their mantra of "more hotels, more taxes" to actually discussing "quality of life", had all to do with the comment…

Benefit of the Doubt commented on Council considers limits on home sizes

Would that the City Council would exhibit this "comprehensive approach" when it came to the hideously overbuilt Las Alcobas hotel project. 50 plus rooms granted initially, became 70, with a wink and a nod. Requirement of in lieu work force housing? Quickly forgiven.

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The irony in a letter like this coming from someone who wants to "eliminate the library".

Benefit of the Doubt commented on How can you lose something you never had?

What a wonderful letter! Such a good chuckle on which to start the day, thank you Mr. Williams. As for responding to Whinerymerchant, just know that he has suggested that a good moneysaver for St. Helena, would be to "eliminate the library". (His words from a comment on December 9,…

Benefit of the Doubt commented on Divisive rhetoric keeps us from finding solutions

" Let's instead eliminate the library - "

Oy.

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