Editorials
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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

In support of Sonoma Valley Hospital

Posted on May 24, 2017

This editorial in favor of extending the hospital parcel tax originally ran in February, but the argument, and our support, remain... Continue

Sonoma Valley: Heaven or Hell?

Posted on May 18, 2017

Perhaps it’s a false dichotomy, this notion of Sonoma Valley as either Heaven or Hell, but Americans, after all, gravitate towards... Continue

The mother of all questions

Posted on May 3, 2017

All of us, without exception, had or have a mother. The miracle of birth is the miracle of motherhood, and we humans have been wrestling... Continue

Every day is Earth Day

Posted on April 20, 2017
Every day is Earth Day

Unless you’ve got a secret hide-away on Mars, this planet is all you’ve got, and all that any of us has got. Given that... Continue

Why do we plan?

Posted on April 6, 2017

One of the common refrains we hear around town is that “things are changing.” Some say this with enthusiasm, while others... Continue

The business of government

Posted on March 23, 2017

Local government was constituted to serve the interests of the citizens, interests expressed by democratically elected representatives.... Continue

The nature of NIMBYism

Posted on March 8, 2017

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) is a pejorative term used to describe neighbors who don’t want change. In public land use policy just... Continue

Fake news in the post-truth era

Posted on February 23, 2017
Fake news in the post-truth era

The proliferation of social media – Facebook, Twitter and the like – has unleashed a torrent of opinion from tens of millions... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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SVH Board Chair on parcel tax passage, future operations

Posted on June 20, 2017 by

I know I speak for the board and hospital administration when I say we’re extremely grateful to our community for passing the parcel... Continue

Don’t leave dogs in hot cars

Posted on June 20, 2017 by

I am fairly new to Sonoma and love it, but I am concerned how many dogs are left in cars in parking lots here. It was hard to watch... Continue

Did hospital board learn lesson?

Posted on June 17, 2017 by

I certainly hope the SVH Board got the message during this second effort to pass the Parcel Tax for the hospital. We expect much more... Continue

Summer message from Mentoring Alliance

Posted on June 15, 2017 by

This is great time of year! We get to see our amazing Senior Mentees graduate high school and move onto their next chapter.... Continue

Rain dampens Springs event

Posted on June 14, 2017 by

Looks like the thunderstorm last Sunday pretty much cancelled the Springs Festival we had been all looking forward to. The first half... Continue

Hotel Sonoma project should include housing

Posted on June 14, 2017 by

Our thriving economy depend on workers. It is a tragedy that there is not affordable housing for the workers who staff our tourist... Continue

The battle for transparency

Posted on June 12, 2017 by

For decades, it has been nearly impossible for ordinary citizens to pierce the veil of legislative secrecy in our state capital. Of... Continue

Letter: Removal of fig tree stirs up hornet’s nest

Posted on June 9, 2017 by
Letter: Removal of fig tree stirs up hornet's nest

Last week I was among the many who were surprised to learn that the nearly century-old fig tree behind Adele Harrison Middle School... Continue

Gas tax widens CA’s class gap

Posted on June 7, 2017 by

After the Legislature imposed billions of dollars in new car and gas taxes on Californians last month, a friend emailed me to register... Continue

New gas tax hits Ag’s fragile bottom line

Posted on June 6, 2017 by

On April 28, Governor Brown signed SB1 into law. This new California law is a fuel tax that will be placed on diesel fuel and gasoline.... Continue