Editorials
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Constructing the future

Posted on June 21, 2018

Business-as-usual practices in housing construction, land and water use, as well as how we define community and what we are working... Continue

The city of make believe

Posted on June 7, 2018

For the past decade the leadership of the City of Sonoma has been living in the land of make believe, largely ignoring the inevitable... Continue

In town/out of town

Posted on May 24, 2018

The City of Sonoma has a challenging problem; specifically, the city’s population is technically about 10,000 citizens, but its... Continue

On motherhood

Posted on May 10, 2018

The most essential biological difference between men and women is the womb, and the harboring of life that a womb provides. For most... Continue

A positive partnership for SV Hospital

Posted on April 26, 2018

Sonoma Valley Hospital lost no time in adding “An affiliate of UCSF Health” to its logo, and why not? This new relationship is... Continue

Editorial: Sonoma’s downtown parking puzzle

Posted on April 6, 2018
Editorial: Sonoma's downtown parking puzzle

The streets surrounding Sonoma Plaza have long functioned like alleyways in a parking lot, but that “parking lot” is now... Continue

Appeal hearings and due process

Posted on March 22, 2018

Several public comments made recently at Planning Commission and City Council meetings, brought our attention to the fact that not... Continue

Violating the spirit of the law

Posted on March 8, 2018

It’s said there are two elements of law, the letter of the law and its spirit. The letter of the law refers to the specific meaning... Continue

The growing cost of government

Posted on February 23, 2018

When asked about the unavailability of City Council minutes a month or so ago, it was surprising to hear City Manager Cathy Capriola... Continue

The complexity of chocolate and flowers

Posted on February 8, 2018

A generation or two ago, giving your sweetheart chocolate and flowers was a guy’s way to a woman’s heart. For many men... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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A new chapter for departing Teen Services Sonoma chief

Posted on June 22, 2018 by

By Cristin Felso After almost 20 wonderful years serving the youth of Sonoma Valley through Teen Services Sonoma (TSS), and seven years... Continue

Get rid of the Schellville tanker yard

Posted on June 20, 2018 by

How many warnings do we need before we get rid of the hundred or more LPG tanker cars that sit parked only a few hundred yards from... Continue

What will replace the Sonoma Development Center?

Posted on May 28, 2018 by

The Sonoma Development Center (SDC) will officially close on Jan. 1, 2019. This will be a sad day for many: the severely disabled clients,... Continue

Mutz is the man

Posted on May 28, 2018 by

The stakes are high in the upcoming June 5th primary election for Sonoma County Sheriff. A contested election for this position hasn’t... Continue

Sign the petition allowing retail cannabis

Posted on May 24, 2018 by

For the past several weeks we have been circulating a cannabis ballot initiative in the City of Sonoma to gather enough qualifying... Continue

Sharing firestorm stories

Posted on May 23, 2018 by

I am a student at Northwest Prep, a small public charter school in Santa Rosa. Over the course of the past few months a few other students... Continue

Essick for Sheriff

Posted on May 10, 2018 by

The Sheriff’s race is a particularly important election for us in Sonoma Valley, as our local law enforcement is provided by the... Continue

Neighbors: No to marijuana dispensary at fire station

Posted on May 10, 2018 by

A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed at the old fire station at the corner of Madrone and Arnold. This location is surrounded... Continue

Superintendent candidate responds to critics

Posted on May 8, 2018 by

A letter from Socorro Shiels to the  Valley of the Moon Teachers Association:  I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the... Continue

Socorro Shiels an ‘outstanding leader’

Posted on May 7, 2018 by

Socorro Shiels is an outstanding educational leader—one who is ready and well-prepared to lead the Sonoma Valley Unified District.... Continue