Killing the heart of Sonoma?
This is a response to Carmen Bozzone Michels. It was my letter you were referring to about the Dollar Store closing a local business (Index-Tribune letters, May 13). But I was talking about Sonoma Party Supplies, which was located at 18340 Sonoma Highway and is now a MetroPCS store, not Sonoma Rentals. And a number of the stores you mentioned were bought out by bigger corporations, they didn't leave of their own volition.
I believe everyone would agree that Sonoma's character is unique. If we have to have a big-box store for some economic reason, it should be out on Eighth Street East, where it belongs, with the other warehouses. It should not be on a corner that almost everyone in town drives by on a regular basis only to be reminded that this is no longer the small town they grew up in or chose to move to.
If we wanted a big-box store just down the street, we would live in Rohnert Park. And once you go down this path there is no turning back.
Does anyone remember that what is now Silicon Valley used to be referred to as the Valley of Hearts Delight because of its natural beauty? And it isn't just the immediate area around the Plaza that needs protecting, it's all of it. You're killing the very soul of Sonoma.