Monday, June 9, 2008

stopping the spray the happy way

I hopped a Ferry across the Bay yesterday and met up with Allegra (and a crowd of other Marin residents) for the Stop the Spray Benefit Concert in Sausalito. A sparkling bay provided the backdrop to showcase the beauty of the Bay Area and the depth of talent it possesses. Founding mothers and fathers of early rock&roll, roots and folk included legends Norton Buffalo, Maria Muldaur, Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman putting down to protest the unnecessary—and lethal—plan to spray the Bay Area for brown moths. I simply do not understand that people are mystified that cancer rates in the Bay Area are among the highest in the nation when we've subjected the state to agricultural pesticides for decades. I'm all for races for the cure, but we'd be well served to race to stop the causes. Please write your governor and your congressman to stop the spray. In the meantime, I'll be thankful for the healing power of music. Muldaur is one of the Bay Area treasures, and the hairs on our arms was literally standing up on end as she belted out "Yes, We Can" (which she recorded with Bonnie Raitt shot a video that has been slated for Obama's campaign), "Well, Well, Well" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love."

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