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The usual garbage

Posted on June 15, 2017

The abundance of American wealth has fostered a wasteful society. Our throwaway culture and mindset has now spread globally; in a mere... Continue

Leadership in the Springs

Posted on June 1, 2017

The poor Springs. Borrowing a famous dictum about Mexico – “so far from God, so close to the United States”– we might say of... Continue

In support of Sonoma Valley Hospital

Posted on May 24, 2017

This editorial in favor of extending the hospital parcel tax originally ran in February, but the argument, and our support, remain... Continue

Sonoma Valley: Heaven or Hell?

Posted on May 18, 2017

Perhaps it’s a false dichotomy, this notion of Sonoma Valley as either Heaven or Hell, but Americans, after all, gravitate towards... Continue

The mother of all questions

Posted on May 3, 2017

All of us, without exception, had or have a mother. The miracle of birth is the miracle of motherhood, and we humans have been wrestling... Continue

Every day is Earth Day

Posted on April 20, 2017
Every day is Earth Day

Unless you’ve got a secret hide-away on Mars, this planet is all you’ve got, and all that any of us has got. Given that... Continue

Why do we plan?

Posted on April 6, 2017

One of the common refrains we hear around town is that “things are changing.” Some say this with enthusiasm, while others... Continue

The business of government

Posted on March 23, 2017

Local government was constituted to serve the interests of the citizens, interests expressed by democratically elected representatives.... Continue

The nature of NIMBYism

Posted on March 8, 2017

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) is a pejorative term used to describe neighbors who don’t want change. In public land use policy just... Continue

Fake news in the post-truth era

Posted on February 23, 2017
Fake news in the post-truth era

The proliferation of social media – Facebook, Twitter and the like – has unleashed a torrent of opinion from tens of millions... Continue