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Acknowledging complexity

Posted on January 15, 2022

We all prefer simple solutions and explanations for serious problems, but our world is increasingly complex, and so are its problems... Continue

What makes The Sun different

Posted on December 16, 2021

All across America newspapers are struggling. Those that remain independent have turned to digital media to boost revenues, but user... Continue

Don’t squander a generational opportunity 

Posted on December 1, 2021

We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change the fate of our Valley, throwing our support behind a creative, future-looking proposal... Continue

SDC: Speak up now or forever hold your peace

Posted on November 22, 2021
SDC: Speak up now or forever hold your peace

We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change the fate of our Valley. We can support a creative, future-looking proposal for the development... Continue

Playing the patsy

Posted on November 1, 2021

Cities like Sonoma have a variety of regulatory tools available to ensure that as major development occurs, not just the developer... Continue

Sonoma’s water woes

Posted on October 15, 2021

A recent report revealed that the City of Sonoma’s water use reduction is the worst in Sonoma County, at only 3.8% as compared with... Continue

Sandra Lowe for City Council

Posted on October 1, 2021

Sonoma’s City Council has been in a rather confused state of late, and now has a majority of members either appointed or placed in... Continue

It’s called Broadway, not Narroway 

Posted on September 10, 2021
It’s called Broadway, not Narroway 

For a century and a half the entrance to Sonoma has been a broad boulevard. It once led to an eight-acre fenced meadow where livestock... Continue

The art of living

Posted on September 1, 2021

Life is about much more than politics, business and consumption. Our Valley is blessed with vital and energetic arts organizations... Continue

Let’s not return to normal

Posted on July 29, 2021

This pandemic forced everything and everyone to change. Normal life and all its habits have been overturned, and we’ve been forced... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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State officials must engage on SDC transfer

Posted on January 20, 2022 by

This is to augment Teri Shore’s great column in the recent Index Tribune Close to Home section. I am so glad she referred to an old... Continue

Affordable housing in Sonoma Valley? An SDC ‘village’ is not the answer

Posted on January 19, 2022 by
Affordable housing in Sonoma Valley? An SDC 'village' is not the answer

Former publisher/editor of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Bill Lynch, thinks it a wonderful idea that the Sonoma Developmental Center become... Continue

Sonoma Mountain Preservation group weighs in on SDC

Posted on January 17, 2022 by

(The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors) has an opportunity to think big with SDC on January 25 by focusing on climate-resilient and... Continue

Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the Cannabis Industry

Posted on January 17, 2022 by
Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the Cannabis Industry

Recently, the cannabis industry has been lobbying the State and County for tax reductions. They claim the recent drop in prices make... Continue

Area advisory panel demands new SDC plan

Posted on January 13, 2022 by
Area advisory panel demands new SDC plan

The North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSVMAC), an official but non-binding panel that reports to the Sonoma County Board... Continue

‘A travesty’ — Bicycle Coalition red hot as Sonoma Council reconsiders Broadway restriping plan

Posted on January 11, 2022 by
'A travesty' -- Bicycle Coalition red hot as Sonoma Council reconsiders Broadway restriping plan

The City Council had voted 3-1 to for a plan featuring bikes lanes next to the sidewalks, then parking lanes surrounding three lanes... Continue

SDC plan at odds with state’s goals for open space, climate change

Posted on January 10, 2022 by

After years of protecting open space and wildlands through UGBs and Community Separators, Sonoma Valley finds that more and more housing... Continue

Setting aside all the political bah humbug

Posted on December 30, 2021 by

A little-known fact about Howard Jarvis is that, long before achieving fame as the author of Proposition 13, he ran for the United... Continue

Sonoma’s history should reflect the full, brutal truth

Posted on December 16, 2021 by

I recently explored the exhibits and historical displays at the Sonoma Mission and Sonoma State Historic Park. Although they were interesting,... Continue

County Human Rights Commission stands with NAACP in Sheriff flap

Posted on December 1, 2021 by

As founding director of Sonoma County’s Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach as well as Chair of the Commission... Continue

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