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Living in Cornucopia

Posted on July 23, 2015

Here at The Sun we spend a fair amount of time watching government, commenting on public issues, evaluating changes and, frankly, criticizing.... Continue

The need for enforcement

Posted on July 9, 2015
The need for enforcement

In our previous editorial we noted the ways in which the City of Sonoma’s rules are ignored by individuals and businesses alike,... Continue

Making up the rules

Posted on June 25, 2015
Making up the rules

People have a love-hate relationship with rules; they love them when they apply to others, but hate them when they apply to themselves.... Continue

Good intentions + poor execution = no new affordable housing

Posted on June 11, 2015

When Governor Brown and the California legislature eliminated redevelopment agencies across the state in 2012, it was the result of... Continue

Government lights are on, but nobody’s home

Posted on May 28, 2015
Government lights are on, but nobody’s home

There is a renter’s affordability crisis facing Sonoma County and Sonoma and judging from the absence of focused action, our government... Continue

After Andy

Posted on May 18, 2015
After Andy

Recommendations of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force formed after the Andy Lopez shooting reflect the thoughtful hard... Continue

Sonoma’s minimum wage is a poverty wage

Posted on May 13, 2015
Sonoma's minimum wage is a poverty wage

On September third of last year, City Council voted to direct staff to solicit proposals for a minimum wage study to look at the issues... Continue

Guest opinion: another view of the SDC

Posted on May 6, 2015
Guest opinion: another view of the SDC

By Nancy Gardner I first toured Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) over 35 years ago, just out of graduate school and eager to change... Continue

‘Sustainability’ must be more than a word

Posted on April 29, 2015
‘Sustainability’ must be more than a word

Since the Industrial Revolution humans have set in place trends resulting in excessive global warming, alarming species extinction,... Continue

Reflections on the Commons

Posted on April 28, 2015

For a species whose prime adaptation is cooperation, the Commons — lands and resources owned and shared by all — have always... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Transformation of Springs could be national news

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Transformation of Springs could be national news

Rico Martin’s designs for The Springs’ business facades are worthy to be featured in any public planning, design or architecture... Continue

Lesson from the Golden Gate?

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Lesson from the Golden Gate?

A thought on the kerfluffle about the colorful building facades in the Springs: I suppose painting a bridge between Marin and San Francisco... Continue

SDC is a sacred place

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
SDC is a sacred place

The Sonoma Developmental Center is a sacred place. For decades, the dedicated, caring, highly trained staff have been caring for and... Continue

Ban it all!

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Ban it all!

I would like to share my displeasure with the City Council planning to go along with some folks to ban leaf blowers in the city of... Continue

Springs colors ‘brighten my day’

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Springs colors 'brighten my day'

I am sorry to hear that there is controversy around the colorful murals in the Springs. Their whimsical liveliness and vibrancy brighten... Continue

How ‘Sustainable is the wine industry?

Posted on July 22, 2015 by

Last week’s expensive Winegrowers ad on sustainability (“Press Democrat” and elsewhere) offers no proof and no third party verification.... Continue

Reflections on leaf blowers

Posted on July 22, 2015 by
Reflections on leaf blowers

After watching the televised City Council meeting on July 20, I would like to share some thoughts before the Council approves any ordinance... Continue

Call to wine industry: do the right thing

Posted on July 9, 2015 by

I was at a meeting in Occidental when employees of California Department of Fish and Wildlife tried to get property owners along important... Continue

Bad roads, Mon Dieu!

Posted on July 9, 2015 by
Bad roads, Mon Dieu!

One of the most common complaints your readers have is the potholed state of our roads, and what to do about them. Unfortunately, their... Continue

Sonoma residents use too much water

Posted on June 29, 2015 by
Sonoma residents use too much water

April water use for City of Sonoma residents averages 121 gallons, while the nearby Valley of the Moon Water District residents each... Continue