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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

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

Letters to the Editor
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Museum name part of strategic plan

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

I  want  to  offer  a  little  historical  perspective  to  our  name  change  discussion.  I  returned  to  the  Presidency... Continue

Name change will help Museum grow

Posted on April 18, 2018 by

I am a founding member of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and have been involved in the past with many annual fundraisers and more... Continue

Keep the name Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Posted on April 17, 2018 by
Keep the name Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

The Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has called for a special meeting of its membership to approve their desire... Continue

Shocked by School District choice

Posted on April 13, 2018 by

Dear Sonoma School Board Members, Sonoma Valley Community and Concerned Parties: I read an (Sonoma Index Tribune) article... Continue

County health concerns should be call to action

Posted on April 11, 2018 by
County health concerns should be call to action

Recent news that Sonoma County’s overall health ranking has fallen to No. 7 in the state, down two places from last year in a state-wide... Continue

City Council decision: sense and leadership prevail

Posted on April 10, 2018 by

I was present at the City Council meeting last evening (4/9) and I would publicly like to commend and acknowledge the three strong... Continue

County protecting marijuana scofflaws

Posted on April 5, 2018 by

The owners of two proposed cannabis grows in Bennett Valley are violating environmental or planning laws while the county allows them... Continue

The ‘sustainable’ label is misleading

Posted on April 4, 2018 by

Recently, I was heartened to see signs reading “Sonoma County Sustainable” on the edges of some valley vineyards. I looked... Continue

Sonoma’s rally against gun violence

Posted on April 4, 2018 by

What if we had a rally and more than 500 people showed up? That is what happened on March 24 in Sonoma when the Sonoma Valley Democrats... Continue

Fifth grader: Sonoma horse farm is an amazing attraction

Posted on March 29, 2018 by
Fifth grader: Sonoma horse farm is an amazing attraction

I read in the paper that the Castagnasso Clydesdale horse farm was up for sale. When my teacher showed my class, we were all appalled.... Continue