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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

Help decide what’s next for Maxwell Farms Park

Posted on April 16, 2015
Help decide what's next for Maxwell Farms Park

For reasons which often defy explanation, certain parcels of land repeatedly become focal points for community action, controversy... Continue

Reflections on the Commons

Posted on April 15, 2015
Reflections on the Commons

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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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

Disneyland for drunks

Posted on June 24, 2015 by

Try living in a community in decline due to the conversion of housing to these short-term tourist rental businesses! Glen Ellen’s... Continue

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is tool of the capitalist elite

Posted on June 23, 2015 by
Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is tool of the capitalist elite

The Op-Ed published in The Press Democrat June 16, “Congress Undermines U.S.’s Global Standing,” is misleading propaganda in... Continue

Kudos for SV Hospital care

Posted on June 22, 2015 by
Kudos for SV Hospital care

Dear Editor,  I would like to express yet again appreciation to the citizens of Sonoma for a service I received at the Sonoma Valley... Continue

Leaf blowers and the Peter Principle

Posted on June 15, 2015 by
Leaf blowers and the Peter Principle

Dear Editor, In college I was introduced to the “Peter Principle,” where a person is promoted to their level of incompetence.... Continue

SV Hospital expense account is out of line

Posted on June 12, 2015 by
SV Hospital expense account is out of line

(These comments were initially made to the Sonoma Valley Health District Board of Directors at its recent public meeting).  My name... Continue

Hospital expenses — ‘Enough is enough’

Posted on June 12, 2015 by
Hospital expenses -- 'Enough is enough'

(These comments were initially made to the Sonoma Valley Health District Board of Directors at its recent public meeting.) Hello my... Continue

Get with it Sonoma County – we’re a vacation hotspot

Posted on June 12, 2015 by
Get with it Sonoma County - we're a vacation hotspot

(This letter is in response to Supervisor Susan Gorin’s recent column.) Let’s face it — Sonoma County is growing. It is one... Continue

Vacation rentals impact good faith neighbors

Posted on June 11, 2015 by
Vacation rentals impact good faith neighbors

(This letter is in response to Supervisor Susan Gorin’s recent column) Dear Supervisor Gorin, I appreciate your stance but one... Continue

Supes must find way to fix roads

Posted on June 9, 2015 by
Supes must find way to fix roads

Dear Editor, The County Supervisors would be very much mistaken if they were to read the major defeat of Measure A as a sign voters... Continue