Editorials
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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

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

Letters to the Editor
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Too late to save ‘quality of life?’

Posted on July 19, 2017 by

It does not surprise me that letters in Darius Anderson’s newspaper, The Sonoma Index-Tribune, have been pro-Hotel. It is his project... Continue

Common view of education ignores unjust, racist concepts

Posted on July 8, 2017 by

In the editorial “The Meaning of Education” which appeared in the Sun’s July 6th edition, it’s frustrating... Continue

Hospital land sale would be short-sighted choice

Posted on July 8, 2017 by

A letter to members of the Sonoma Valley Hospital District Board: I am writing to express my strong support for the Community Option... Continue

Appalled by ‘Indian’ parade entry

Posted on July 5, 2017 by

I am an enrolled citizen of the Confederated Tribes Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw. Ever since my daughter was very young, we visit... Continue

Ken Brown: support legal medicinal cannabis facility in Sonoma

Posted on July 2, 2017 by

Hey neighbors! Join with myself, Richard Silver and Earl Blue for it is time for a Legal Medicinal Cannabis Facility in the City of... Continue

State budget is full of tricks, questions

Posted on June 27, 2017 by

California voters are pretty good at figuring out what is going in the state capital when it hits them directly. For example, recent... Continue

Infill housing and the climate tipping point

Posted on June 26, 2017 by

Dear Editor, After attending the hearing on the appeal of the certification of the EIR for the proposed Chateau Sonoma Hotel, I think... Continue

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