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High school Shaker history class, final paper, 45 years late

Posted on November 7, 2018
High school Shaker history class, final paper, 45 years late

The Shakers saw a world gone astray, a world ruled by lower human impulses. These impulses? The same ones society struggles with today:... Continue

Notes from the conference for equity in housing

Posted on November 2, 2018
Notes from the conference for equity in housing

For those interested in a big picture, regional view of why housing is relevant to Sonoma, and why housing is the #1 issue for every... Continue

Milton Friedman takedown; case closed

Posted on October 31, 2018
Milton Friedman takedown; case closed

An associate of mine is taking an SRJC critical thinking class, and from a class assignment I am vicariously engaging Milton Friedman’s... Continue

A mile wide, and an inch deep

Posted on October 25, 2018
A mile wide, and an inch deep

The city council election has some sub-drama going on about who is actually liberal. That this is even a question belies the shaky... Continue

Springs Specific Plan sets worthy goals

Posted on October 20, 2018
Springs Specific Plan sets worthy goals

The Springs Specific Plan or SSP is a county planning effort to modernize and improve the Highway 12 corridor through the Springs,... Continue

Urban growth — inclusion versus protectionism

Posted on October 20, 2018

With two years before the current 20-year Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expires, advocates are positioning for a ballot initiative to... Continue

What’s up along the Sonoma Overlook Trail

Posted on September 25, 2018

The Sonoma Overlook Trail is closed for a re-reroute and rehab project. The American Conservation Experience, or ACE, has been contracted... Continue

Indictment of the rip off machine

Posted on September 23, 2018
Indictment of the rip off machine

Why are companies set up to rip people off at the moment of greatest need and vulnerability? Why do companies hide behind LLC (limited... Continue

Paradigm shift prescribed

Posted on September 14, 2018
Paradigm shift prescribed

In public policy, much is made of cost-benefit analyses and different kinds of accounting. In sustainability, full cost accounting... Continue

Facts, interests, and appeals

Posted on September 10, 2018
Facts, interests, and appeals

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor said, “personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.” Einstein said, “it is... Continue