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

In support of Sonoma Valley Hospital

Posted on February 8, 2017

Our local Sonoma Valley Hospital continues to need financial support from the public. This support comes in the form of a parcel tax,... 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

Opinion: In support of the upcoming women’s march

Posted on January 18, 2017
Opinion: In support of the upcoming women's march

On January 21st, the day after Inauguration Day, people all over America are marching in support of women’s rights, health,... Continue

Pimping Sonoma

Posted on January 4, 2017
Pimping Sonoma

We hate sounding harsh, but find it difficult to mince words when it comes to exploiting Sonoma’s charm and reputation for money.... Continue

Time for an Ethics Policy for Sonoma’s City Council?

Posted on December 28, 2016

The conduct of City Council members is a blend of law and convention. Laws define the actions that council members cannot take while... Continue

Make Sonoma Great Again

Posted on December 24, 2016

The recent Farmers Market kerfuffle, not to mention the Presidential election, inclines us to observe the vagaries of social behavior,... Continue

Letters to the Editor

‘Static cling’ in Sacramento

Posted on March 28, 2017 by

What is it with progressive politicians who believe that taxpayers won’t change their behavior because of tax policy? One would think... Continue

Letter: Sonoma Valley is talking back

Posted on March 28, 2017 by
Letter: Sonoma Valley is talking back

Recently at the Sonoma Valley Democrats board meeting, I learned a new word I had never heard before: astroturfing. It is defined as... Continue

Dreading bad traffic

Posted on March 24, 2017 by

The West Napa Street traffic tie-ups are bad enough already. The coming “Hotel Project Sonoma” will worsen the condition exponentially. Regardless... Continue

Define ‘illegal’

Posted on March 23, 2017 by

I’d like to put the “Illegal is illegal” letter to the editor the March 9 issue in legal and historical perspective. Most of... Continue

Proposition 13 is the original victim of ‘fake news’

Posted on March 21, 2017 by

As Proposition 13 approaches its 39th birthday, it is still subject to the same dishonest attacks in the media that were used against... Continue

State lawmakers find a way to exceed unlimited budget

Posted on March 14, 2017 by

Consider this argument from Sacramento politicians: California’s roads, freeways and bridges are crumbling. Our spending on transportation... Continue

Disputing claims of ‘hate signs’ at Plaza rally

Posted on March 8, 2017 by

Because he is one of the owners of several North Bay newspapers, it was shocking to read Darius Anderson’s article in the Feb.... Continue

In support of ‘safe schools’ resolution

Posted on March 6, 2017 by

Letter to the Sonoma Valley Unified School District My name is Martin Bennett, Co-Chair North Bay Jobs with Justice, I reside in the... Continue

Pot Growers Alliance says no on County’s Measure A

Posted on March 3, 2017 by
Pot Growers Alliance says no on County's Measure A

The Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) has stated its position on Measure A, the Sonoma County Cannabis Business Tax on Commercial... Continue

Head of Latino legislator group reacts to Trump speech

Posted on March 1, 2017 by

From Arturo Vargas, executive director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials President Donald Trump presented... Continue