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Letter to the Editor

Hoping City Council approves ice cream signs

Recently, we sent the following letter to the Sonoma City Council:
Dear Council members, this letter is sent to you in regards to our local ice cream business at 408 First St. E.

Valley Forum

Grossly misrepresenting AIPAC?

Last Friday’s Op-Ed by Richard Ridenour (“Time to rethink AIPAC influence on U.S. policy”) grossly misrepresents the positions of AIPAC and Israel in determining American policy towards Iran. The question is how to best stop the Ayatollah’s drive towards nuclear weapons without having to resort to war. Sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table, but the premature easing of sanctions has led to announcements from Iran that various components of their nuclear weapons program – the underground centrifuges at Fordo, the heavy water reactor at Arak, and their ICBM program – are now “red lines” and non-negotiable. Americans might want to ask themselves how any of these are part of a peaceful nuclear energy program.

Felon drunk driver and the mystery of the missing wheels

It was about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, when a Rohnert Park man, northbound on Highway 12 approaching Pythian Road, caught the eye of a Sonoma police officer by virtue of the burned rubber smell trailing his silver Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the line of traffic stacked up behind it.

Dixie Lee Dement

Dixie Lee Dement

Dixie Lee Dement, 71, passed away peacefully on Feb. 9, 2014, surrounded by family in Santa Rosa after a short battle with cancer.

Charles Ledwith

Charles Ledwith

Our dear Daddo, Charles Ledwith passed away quietly in his loving home in Kenwood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, only 10 days shy of his 100th birthday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Trees coming down

A crew from Hodgin & Sons Tree Care in Santa Rosa cut down the huge eucalyptus tree on Highway 12 by Fetters Creek on Wednesday.


President is driving economy downhill

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am writing in response to an editorial I read recently in another newspaper titled, “State of Union signals end of bipartisanship.” I am an 18-year-old who has grown up in the Valley and graduated last year from SVHS. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was just another way for Democrats to… Continue Reading >>


What is happening to our town?

Editor, Index-Tribune: First let me say that I have lived in El Verano for 40 years, but I consider Sonoma my town. I am very concerned, as are many of us, about the changing face of Sonoma and frustrated that I have no say in the matter. Change and growth are inevitable, but not always… Continue Reading >>


State of the Valley should be neutral event

Editor, Index-Tribune: It is troubling that the State of the Valley appears to be a private, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce event. If the city and regional governments are serious about giving a yearly accounting, it should be given in a neutral forum accessible to all citizens. Typically a state of the state, city or… Continue Reading >>

Cal Focus

School funding plans go awry

Gov. Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now discovering that the the new school funding formula Brown aggressively pushed last year is at risk of going awry.

THE SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER’S fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22, but the deadline for entries is Feb. 14. Index-Tribune file photo

‘Trashion’ applications due Friday

The Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22, and the deadline for design proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Trashion Fashion is a chance for frustrated fashionistas to strut the catwalk in fun, innovative and beautiful recycled fashions.

George DiGiulio

George DiGiulio

George DiGiulio, 75, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sonoma.

Jay England

Jay England

Jay England passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, in Santa Rosa.