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Thinking outside a brand-new box

Posted on May 28, 2020

People don’t change long-standing habits easily; where we shop, what we eat, how we speak, ways we dress, and so forth, become... Continue

The Sun is a struggling small business. You can help.

Posted on May 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is killing a horrifying number of people; it’s also finishing off America’s local newspapers,... Continue

Protection, not promotion: How the hospitality industry can help its workers right now

Posted on April 17, 2020
Protection, not promotion: How the hospitality industry can help its workers right now

Sonoma’s Tourism Improvement District (TID), a non-profit organization operated by representatives from the hospitality industry,... Continue

Our world has turned upside down

Posted on March 20, 2020

Everything we believed was true has become subject to question or even reversal; everything we relied upon has shifted. On a larger... Continue

Green burials

Posted on March 12, 2020
Green burials

The City of Sonoma maintains a number of cemeteries, including the historic Mountain Cemetery containing the tombs and graves of many... Continue

Felling trees

Posted on February 27, 2020

The consensus of climate scientists is that climate change threatens to cause an irrevocable alteration of life on planet earth. The... Continue

Capitalism’s failure: homelessness

Posted on February 16, 2020
Capitalism's failure: homelessness

The essence of capitalism is the accumulation of profits and assets. This accumulation is enabled by the exploitation of labor, which... Continue

What is historic? 

Posted on January 29, 2020

According to the office of California’s Secretary of State, in order to be declared historic a property or structure must satisfy... Continue

2020 hindsight

Posted on January 17, 2020

The impact of past decisions is frequently revealed by events in the present; mistakes and miscalculations often require time to “ripen.”... Continue

Guest editorial: Our local citizenship assistance program

Posted on December 30, 2019

Please help get the word out about a citizenship assistance program available here in Sonoma Valley to help qualified lawful permanent... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Sonoma City Council candidates, declare yourselves

Posted on June 4, 2020 by
Sonoma City Council candidates, declare yourselves

As we face unprecedented hard times, Sonoma’s city council election in November looms large. We understand that one, perhaps two... Continue

Essick must go

Posted on May 30, 2020 by

So, County Sheriff Mark Essick gets to decide which regulations (laws) and directives he wants to enforce or not. This is precisely... Continue

Drastic budget cuts threaten school safety

Posted on May 28, 2020 by

At a time when our public school districts and county offices of education are being asked to do more than ever, we are facing the... Continue

Weapons, oil and disaster capitalism

Posted on May 20, 2020 by

When the news you’re watching tells you that another country should be held responsible for something, or asks if a government... Continue

Will the coronavirus pandemic lead to tax increases?

Posted on May 18, 2020 by
Will the coronavirus pandemic lead to tax increases?

Reader Opinion by Jon Coupal In January, Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 which envisioned a... Continue

The people’s bank of California?

Posted on May 15, 2020 by

Reader opinion by Chris Petlock Over the last two months we have watched city, county, and state rainy-day funds quickly drained. State... Continue

Council’s traffic plan for Broadway is absurd

Posted on May 14, 2020 by

I live on East Napa Street and am very concerned about commercial traffic on the street.  I think the idea of removing any lanes for... Continue

Council action on Broadway traffic issue ‘inexcusable’

Posted on May 9, 2020 by

I am stunned and extremely disheartened at the recent actions of the City Council regarding the reduction of lanes on Broadway. How... Continue

Sonoma High School does not need a new sports stadium

Posted on May 6, 2020 by
Sonoma High School does not need a new sports stadium

I read with utter dismay and shock that the school district officials approved the $15 million dollar sports arena for the high school... Continue

Big corporations are preying on small business loan program

Posted on April 28, 2020 by
Big corporations are preying on small business loan program

Last week, countless small businesses across the country discovered that the government loans they were promised to stay afloat... Continue

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