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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

Coping with overabundance

Posted on January 24, 2018

Studies indicate close to 50 percent of the food grown in America goes to waste, this while millions of people here go hungry each... Continue

Looking ahead to the new year

Posted on January 10, 2018

Far many, the passing of 2017 is a relief, but we’ve survived the test of fire and now look ahead to what 2018 will bring. The... Continue

Editorial: Planning Commission appointment goofiness

Posted on December 14, 2017
Editorial: Planning Commission appointment goofiness

The “out of city” seats on City of Sonoma commissions are intended to provide a way for valley residents to gain some influence... Continue

Busting our land use rules?

Posted on December 7, 2017
Busting our land use rules?

Urban growth boundaries, community separators, growth management ordinances, and zoning regulations, not to mention sewer plant capacity,... Continue

Appreciating community

Posted on November 23, 2017

The world seems quite chaotic lately. The government in Washington D.C. is polarized and paralyzed. The climate and weather patterns... Continue

Editorial: Luxury gun club is for the birds

Posted on November 13, 2017
Editorial: Luxury gun club is for the birds

Under the noses of citizens, a private event center in disguise is close to approval for construction in the heart of our Sonoma Baylands.... Continue

What’s the best way to spend emergency money?

Posted on November 8, 2017

Sonoma Valley residents are now experiencing a range of post-fire emotions, one of which is gratitude towards the first responders,... Continue

Where do we go from here?

Posted on October 25, 2017

It’s been a traumatic few weeks for Sonoma Valley; many now homeless, woodlands and grasslands denuded of ground-cover, unhealthy... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Support Sonoma’s resilient youth

Posted on February 15, 2018 by

Four Sonoma Valley nonprofits are dedicating their efforts to ensure that our students recover from the trauma and stress caused by... Continue

Foie Gras in Sonoma?

Posted on February 14, 2018 by

Yes.  The new and improved Sonoma Market advertised a tube of it during the holidays.  I contacted the store and was first told by... Continue

DACA recipients are Americans

Posted on February 13, 2018 by

In my view, DACA recipients are Americans. Many were brought here quite young, pre and early grade school age. All their lives they’ve... Continue

Californians deserve a tax cut

Posted on February 12, 2018 by

For millions of Californians, the state has been rendered unaffordable because of foolish and counter-productive policies emanating... Continue

Save the Gingko trees

Posted on February 9, 2018 by

I attended the February 3 gathering on the Plaza held by Mayor Agrimonti, discussing the City Council decision to remove the Gingko... Continue

Congrats to Council for upholding affordable housing

Posted on January 31, 2018 by

To the Sonoma City Council: Thank you for your unanimous vote on Monday regarding the Altamira development on Broadway, which demonstrated... Continue

City Council must uphold affordable housing plan

Posted on January 25, 2018 by

(Copy of letter sent to the Sonoma City Council) Because the January 29 appeal of the Planning Commission decision regarding the... Continue

A call for cannabis dispensary in Sonoma

Posted on January 25, 2018 by

Most readers are aware cannabis was recently “legalized” in California but few fully understand the ramifications of the regulatory... Continue

Spare the Air Days rarely warranted by science

Posted on January 15, 2018 by

Today’s Spare-the-Air is clearly not warranted.  Actually, any smart person would realize that the vast majority of no-burn days... Continue

After federal tax reform

Posted on January 8, 2018 by

With great weeping and gnashing of teeth, California Democrats have excoriated the Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump... Continue