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Capitalism’s failure: homelessness

Posted on February 16, 2020
Capitalism's failure: homelessness

The essence of capitalism is the accumulation of profits and assets. This accumulation is enabled by the exploitation of labor, which... Continue

What is historic? 

Posted on January 29, 2020

According to the office of California’s Secretary of State, in order to be declared historic a property or structure must satisfy... Continue

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

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

Letters to the Editor
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Don’t be confused by Prop. 13 — vote yes

Posted on February 18, 2020 by

All students deserve a safe, welcoming, and stimulating learning environment that supports personal well-being and academic success.... Continue

All in on SMART

Posted on February 17, 2020 by

The Greenbelt Alliance is urging residents of Sonoma and Marin counties to support the SMART sales tax renewal by voting yes on Measure... Continue

Yes on I is SMART

Posted on February 12, 2020 by

The “no” on Measure I information I’ve seen in the media gives an incomplete picture of the need for continued funding for the... Continue

Recycling: Problems and solutions

Posted on February 7, 2020 by

Reader Opinion by Maggie Bedord It is likely that you are aware that trash disposal has become an enormous problem.  Oceans are polluted... Continue

The case for Accessory Dwelling Units

Posted on January 31, 2020 by

I have spent most of my 90 years in the pursuit of protecting our natural environment. Larry Barnett is an ally, who has done wonderful... Continue

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

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