It feels good to be home

Posted on October 17, 2017
It feels good to be home

Like many of you, we at the SUN found ourselves scattered to various locations this past week, as the fire and evacuations drove us... Continue

Tasting rooms and the free market

Posted on October 4, 2017

Discussion before the City Council and on Facebook about wine tasting rooms on the Plaza always seem to include mention of The Free... Continue

Sonoma’s planning system is broken

Posted on September 21, 2017

Despite the aspirations of its General Plan, the policies and measures of its Development Code, its Planning Commission and its Planning... Continue

Ageism, bias and society

Posted on September 7, 2017

The fastest growing population in America is that of people over 85. California is growing older too, and Sonoma Valley’s senior... Continue

Sonoma’s taxpayers are not children

Posted on August 18, 2017

Political office often breeds paternalism, an inclination to protect the public from disturbing information. Though seemingly well-intentioned,... Continue

Sonoma’s water fund fiasco

Posted on August 3, 2017
Sonoma's water fund fiasco

In February of this year, we were the first to report citizen Chris Petlock’s comments and questions to the Sonoma City Council... Continue

It’s time for action on affordable housing

Posted on July 20, 2017

We’ve written about creating affordable housing regularly for the past three years. We’ve made concrete suggestions about... Continue

The meaning of education

Posted on July 6, 2017

America’s founders were highly literate and books held an important place in their lives. On a yearly, per capita basis, people... Continue

The usual garbage

Posted on June 15, 2017

The abundance of American wealth has fostered a wasteful society. Our throwaway culture and mindset has now spread globally; in a mere... Continue

Leadership in the Springs

Posted on June 1, 2017

The poor Springs. Borrowing a famous dictum about Mexico – “so far from God, so close to the United States”– we might say of... Continue

Letters to the Editor

City needs to guide the ‘free market’

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

On the question of should the City limit tasting rooms, it is troubling that some Council members argue that the Council just needs... Continue

County road repairs are arbitrary, inefficient

Posted on October 3, 2017 by

All taxpayers know how fiscally irresponsible our government representatives are. I was shocked to add a bit of stupidity on top of... Continue

Proud, then disappointed by anthem actions

Posted on September 27, 2017 by

I was pleased and proud to see (professional football player) Ale Vilianueva standing tall & alone with his hand placed over... Continue

Changing Medicare would threaten Hispanics’ health

Posted on September 26, 2017 by

Hispanics are fifty percent more likely than whites to die from diabetes and liver disease. This gap could widen if lawmakers proceed... Continue

Will taxpayers trust the GOP again?

Posted on September 25, 2017 by

The California GOP is rapidly approaching the edge of a black hole from which there is no escape. But rather than reverse course by... Continue

Regulate Sonoma’s wine tasting rooms

Posted on September 22, 2017 by

An open letter to the Sonoma City Council:  The Sept. 18 study session on tasting rooms was very informative.  In anticipation of... Continue

Put California-grown products first

Posted on September 15, 2017 by

Earlier this week, the California state legislature passed Assembly Bill 822 (Caballero), a Farm Bureau sponsored bill. The legislation... Continue

Title IX policy needs overhaul

Posted on September 14, 2017 by

To anyone paying attention, it is very clear that draining the swamp is going to be very difficult since the swamp is very deep and... Continue

Sonoma should allow medical cannabis dispensary

Posted on September 12, 2017 by
Sonoma should allow medical cannabis dispensary

Bill Boerum’s statement to the Sonoma City Council’s special meeting, a Community Workshop on Cannabis, on Monday night:... Continue

Letter: Use school bond money for academics, not athletics

Posted on September 9, 2017 by
Letter: Use school bond money for academics, not athletics

Dear School Board — I am a resident of the City of Sonoma and I am writing to provide my opinion regarding the allocation of... Continue