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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

Support for Measure A – Sonoma County’s cannabis tax

Posted on February 15, 2017
Support for Measure A - Sonoma County's cannabis tax

Last year The Sun provided some perspective on the “Potconomy,” the coming of the legalization of marijuana. In that article,... Continue

Trump vs. the undocumented

Posted on January 25, 2017

Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Normally, we would not devote our editorial to matters of national import,... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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‘Cheap,’ but not stupid

Posted on May 24, 2017 by

California’s already overburdened taxpayers are, once again, being blamed for being the problem, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has labeled... Continue

SVH fiscal burden falls unfairly on taxpayers

Posted on May 23, 2017 by

I am a 43-year resident of Sonoma Valley. I’ve worked at Sonoma Valley Hospital for five years and with Sutter Health for 18 years... Continue

SVH’s ‘personal, professional’ care

Posted on May 22, 2017 by

I recently drove 900 miles to receive treatment at Sonoma Valley Hospital, opting out of Seattle’s mega medical centers.  Naturally,... Continue

Farm bureau president: Immigration reform, not deportation

Posted on May 22, 2017 by

In late April, Kim Vail and I along with Karissa Kruse, Supervisors Gore and Hopkins and other Sonoma County leaders joined Herman... Continue

Hospital hasn’t made case for Measure E

Posted on May 20, 2017 by
Hospital hasn’t made case for Measure E

Much discussion continues within the community regarding Measure E, the proposed parcel tax to support the Sonoma Valley Hospital.... Continue

Hospital is again ‘crying wolf’

Posted on May 19, 2017 by

Some thoughts on the hospital parcel tax. First, since the current tax of $195 expires June 30, 2017, this is not an increase of $55.... Continue

Doctor recommended

Posted on May 18, 2017 by

I am a physician who has worked at Sonoma Valley Hospital for years in the past. During my career I have worked at many other hospitals.... Continue

Support SV Hospital

Posted on May 17, 2017 by

Life doesn’t always offer us second chances, so when they occur we should cherish and honor them. The emergency room at Sonoma Valley... Continue

Trump tax plan will hurt middle class

Posted on May 9, 2017 by

Will the Trump tax plan really “work for all American taxpayers”? In particular, will it work for taxpaying Americans, in the Bay... Continue

Taxpayers need sanctuary from foolishness

Posted on May 8, 2017 by

Grandstanding California politicians seem intent on outdoing each other in finding new ways to appear to be resisting the policies... Continue