The creeping dominance of jargon

Posted on February 23, 2024

We don’t know precisely when human language developed, but given our inclination to communicate it probably emerged quite early in... Continue

Editorial: Government as a business enterprise

Posted on February 4, 2024
Editorial: Government as a business enterprise

Government is not a business; its purpose is not to make a profit, but to further the aim of creating a good society. What constitutes... Continue

With a wink and a nod

Posted on January 3, 2024

The City of Sonoma recently adopted a new policy requiring the disclosure of Ex Parte communications with “interested parties”... Continue

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Posted on December 16, 2023
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

September, 1897 –– DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says,... Continue

To house or not to house?

Posted on December 4, 2023
To house or not to house?

That is the question coming before Sonoma’s City Council on December 6 on an appeal by Kenwood Development over its planned hotel... Continue

Zoom-bombed by the haters

Posted on November 15, 2023

At its most recent meeting, the Sonoma City Council had to grapple with Zoom-bombing, ill-intentioned members of the public using Zoom... Continue

Why do you live here?

Posted on November 1, 2023

What do you like about living in Sonoma? What would you like to change? These two questions are at the heart of Sonoma’s General... Continue

Confronting hate

Posted on October 15, 2023
Confronting hate

The political and cultural divisions currently plaguing our country have stimulated an outpouring of hate. Playing on our appreciation... Continue

To market, to market

Posted on October 1, 2023

There are no fat pigs to buy at our two local farmer’s markets, but there’s plenty else to sing about. For nearly 30 years we’ve... Continue

The roads well traveled

Posted on September 15, 2023

By now, finding oneself inching forward on a clogged road is becoming normal. At times, Highway 12 from Siesta Way past Verano Avenue,... Continue

Letters to the Editor

Pools over teachers?

Posted on February 14, 2024 by

Pools are important. A good education is more important. But that’s not the way SVUSD has managed for many years.  Appearances over... Continue

Red flags on Measure H

Posted on February 13, 2024 by
Red flags on Measure H

We all want to be safe from fire and we all respect, appreciate and want to support our dedicated and courageous firefighters for their... Continue

Incompetence and delay from State Parks

Posted on February 5, 2024 by
Incompetence and delay from State Parks

As a lifelong resident of the Sonoma Valley and a volunteer docent at the Jack London State Historic Park, I am deeply disappointed... Continue

Let’s get going on Annexation

Posted on February 4, 2024 by

The latest iteration of the discussion about annexation of the Springs Community by the City of Sonoma is going around again. Please... Continue

Dodd endorses Verder-Aliga

Posted on February 4, 2024 by

Serving Sonoma County in the California state Senate is the greatest honor of my professional life, and before retiring at the end... Continue

Protesters to Mattson: What’s the plan?

Posted on February 2, 2024 by
Protesters to Mattson: What's the plan?

In December, employees of the Lefever/Mattson owned Cheese Factory visited the plaza merchants bearing champagne to invite them to... Continue

Time for ‘due diligence’ on Springs annexation issue

Posted on January 23, 2024 by
Time for 'due diligence' on Springs annexation issue

Over the past few years, the idea of Sonoma possibly annexing the Springs has made it onto the Valley’s political agenda. The... Continue

Jack London’s dream, re-stated

Posted on January 17, 2024 by
Jack London’s dream, re-stated

Sonoma Valley readers are encouraged to read Will Shonbrun’s essay in the Sonoma Valley Sun (January 1, 2024) entitled, “Sonoma... Continue

I won’t be donating to a media conglomerate

Posted on January 6, 2024 by
I won't be donating to a media conglomerate

  Many of us receive numerous requests for donations particularly at the end of the year.  Many of the donation requests are... Continue

Don’t rate school only by test scores

Posted on December 5, 2023 by
Don't rate school only by test scores

I am saddened to read about poor student achievement in Sonoma Valley. I believe that this is because middle income families cannot... Continue

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