Sonoma’s taxpayers are not children

Posted on August 18, 2017

Political office often breeds paternalism, an inclination to protect the public from disturbing information. Though seemingly well-intentioned,... Continue

Sonoma’s water fund fiasco

Posted on August 3, 2017
Sonoma's water fund fiasco

In February of this year, we were the first to report citizen Chris Petlock’s comments and questions to the Sonoma City Council... Continue

It’s time for action on affordable housing

Posted on July 20, 2017

We’ve written about creating affordable housing regularly for the past three years. We’ve made concrete suggestions about... Continue

The meaning of education

Posted on July 6, 2017

America’s founders were highly literate and books held an important place in their lives. On a yearly, per capita basis, people... Continue

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

Letters to the Editor

Whistleblower questions Sonoma finances, motives

Posted on August 21, 2017 by

When I first raised concerns regarding the millions of dollars Sonoma collected from water bills illegally used for non-water activity... Continue

Comments on Brown Act were cynical, unfair

Posted on August 21, 2017 by

The August 17, 2017, column by Bob Edwards, “Olly olly oxen free”, presents a cynical, and I believe misleading, view of the purpose... Continue

Want to improve housing affordability? Increase the homeowners exemption

Posted on August 14, 2017 by

California is in a housing crisis. The cost of housing — both for purchase and rental housing — is too expensive. Ineffective public... Continue

Busting the myth that Prop 13 eviscerated local tax revenue

Posted on August 13, 2017 by

The year 1978 might seem like ancient history – a distant memory for most voters, and unimaginable for a growing class of policymakers... Continue

Hospital board chair on south lot proposals, executive salaries

Posted on August 9, 2017 by
Hospital board chair on south lot proposals, executive salaries

By Jane Hirsch, Chair, SVHCD Board of Directors — The hospital board addressed several timely topics at its August 3 meeting... Continue

Hotel EIR is well flacked, but flawed

Posted on August 3, 2017 by

A few weeks back another newspaper printed a letter from Steve Page in defense of Mr. Anderson’s hotel (Sonoma Hotel Project)... Continue

Who runs things in the Valley?

Posted on August 2, 2017 by

Let me get this straight. A guy got up at a School Board meeting, lauded the suddenly departing superintendent of schools, threatened... Continue

‘Corporate behavior’ at Family Resource Center

Posted on July 21, 2017 by

As members of the Elders Salon we are seriously distressed by the rapid restructuring at the Family Resource Center. This seems a top... Continue

Too late to save ‘quality of life?’

Posted on July 19, 2017 by

It does not surprise me that letters in Darius Anderson’s newspaper, The Sonoma Index-Tribune, have been pro-Hotel. It is his project... Continue

Common view of education ignores unjust, racist concepts

Posted on July 8, 2017 by

In the editorial “The Meaning of Education” which appeared in the Sun’s July 6th edition, it’s frustrating... Continue