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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

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Posted on December 15, 2019
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s... Continue

News, gossip, and bullshit

Posted on December 4, 2019
News, gossip, and bullshit

It’s not easy knowing what to believe in this “post truth” era. Between news, gossip, and just plain bullshit circulating... Continue

Fires and power shutdowns: what have we learned?

Posted on November 7, 2019

That PG&E is ill-prepared to cope with periods of hot, windy weather is now painfully obvious. That the utility has spent its profits... Continue

Aliases and alter-egos running amok

Posted on October 23, 2019
Aliases and alter-egos running amok

With the popularity of the Internet came the rise of the use of aliases, and anonymous attacks using online comment systems and other... Continue

Homeless in Sonoma

Posted on October 12, 2019

Sonoma is a lovely little town that attracts visitors from around the world. They come here to enjoy our fine weather, pleasant parks,... Continue

A shameful City audit

Posted on September 26, 2019

The recently released audit of the City of Sonoma by the auditing firm of Richardson & Co. is nothing the City should be proud... Continue

What, we worry?

Posted on September 3, 2019
What, we worry?

PG&E is planning to shut down electricity to the Sonoma Valley to prevent wildfires in the event of a major wind event that might... Continue

Does banning colors in schools actually prevent gang activity?

Posted on August 22, 2019

Guest editorial by Dean Szanyi | Student Reporter It is no secret that a certain number of young people attending Sonoma Valley High... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Urban growth boundary ordinance needs language changes

Posted on January 23, 2020 by

Sonoma’s 20-year-old urban growth boundary (UGB) is up for renewal. The current language is said to allow annexing land at the city... Continue

State budget is just more of the same

Posted on January 22, 2020 by

With all the breaking national news, many taxpayers have little bandwidth in their attention span to focus on the state budget.... Continue

Thoughts of a supposed ‘coastal elite’

Posted on December 16, 2019 by

I have been watching a CNN series on the 70s on Netflix that came out in 2015.  There is a segment on Watergate and Nixon’s resignation.... Continue

Community group releases independent review of SV Hospital  

Posted on December 14, 2019 by

In 2007, the undersigned were members of the Sonoma Valley Health Care Coalition, a volunteer citizens group formed by the opposing... Continue

Is undergrounding the answer?

Posted on November 8, 2019 by

I would like an objective and comprehensive study to determine if in the long run, undergrounding power lines is cost effective. If... Continue

Honoring the forgotten and nameless people who helped to build Sonoma

Posted on November 6, 2019 by

October 22, was a big day for The Ting Project!  The Sonoma City Council approved the donor recognition bricks, which will allow us... Continue

Parking? Cars are the real problem

Posted on October 26, 2019 by

The issue of parking has come up recently; folks are concerned about providing parking for higher density housing on Donald Street,... Continue

Gas-filled railroad cars pose constant danger

Posted on October 24, 2019 by

The cause of last week’s explosion and fire at the NuStar Energy refinery in Crockett (Contra Costa County) has not been revealed.... Continue

PG&E is greedy, negligent

Posted on October 23, 2019 by

Here we go again. PG&E is negligent in upgrading and maintaining their power grid. Instead they got greedy and gave their shareholders... Continue

The gas tax bait-and-switch

Posted on October 14, 2019 by

Cassandra of Greek mythology was blessed with the gift of prophecy and doomed by the curse that no one would ever believe her. Conservatives... Continue

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