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OpEd

Don Quixote and Measure B

By Tom Thornley What disturbs me about the well-intentioned efforts of Measure B proponents is that there is only a marginal connection between the perceived problem, to quote Larry Barnett, “most residents feel Sonoma is getting too hurried, too crowded, too noisy and they don’t like it,” and the proposed solution, essentially banning hotels of… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Ridiculing flag ceremony is beyond the pale

Editor, Index-Tribune: The Sonoma Index-Tribune provided great coverage of the flag retirement ceremony that I participated in on Veterans Day along with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, council member David Cook and Blue Star Mother-council member Laurie Gallian. The event was produced by VFW Post #1943 and their Ladies Auxiliary. Yesterday on the Index-Tribune website,… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Citizens’ voice must be heard again

Editor, Index-Tribune: Deja vu all over again: Big business, big money and big lobbying are at it again. And we’re being led to believe we need to drink their Kool-Aid. Remember, we were told we needed a massive casino. We, the citizens, responded with “Cows, Not Casinos.” We were told we needed a massive new… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Measure B is good for Sonoma

Editor, Index-Tribune: Perhaps our fellow citizens of Sonoma have noticed that the supporters of Measure B have run a campaign that is straightforward, with no false claims or negative statements about those who oppose the measure. This gives hope that the business of politics can be handled with respect for one another, honoring each individual’s… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Edwards’ boycott hurts community

Editor, Index-Tribune: One thing we all seem to have in common is that we love our town and we all feel very fortunate to live here. It is one of the most beautiful places in the country, with an incredible history and small-town charm. As a small business owner in Sonoma, I have also had… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Facts vs. fear

Editor, Index-Tribune: The authors of Measure B drafted their initiative with zero research or evidence to back their arguments. Proponents have waged a campaign based on theatrics by continually trying to convey their message with scare tactics, using words like “large” and “destroy.” What if Larry Barnett is wrong about Measure B? Ask yourself, how… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Think before you vote

Editor, Index-Tribune: What are they thinking? As I ride through Sonoma and see “yes” and “no” Measure B signs, it amazes me that there is so much opposition to the Hotel Limitation Measure. Yes, I have heard the good words and read the facts. The facts, stated over and over, seem biased and somewhat unbelievable.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

‘They’ crowd Sonoma, ‘I’ don’t

Editor, Index-Tribune: I enjoyed the balanced editorial regarding the approach suggested for Measure B (“Real issue, wrong solution,” Nov. 4). If I were a Sonoma voter, I would vote “no”. My own opinion, ignited because I feel “Yes on B” proponent Larry Barnett is presenting a faux persona and is an intellectual pipsqueak, caused me… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

What about the water?

Editor, Index-Tribune: We are wondering why little or nothing has been mentioned about the issue of water. Bigger hotels, more people, more laundry, more restaurants will mean a huge increase in water usage while Sonomans have been asked to conserve water. Vote “yes” on Measure B, the hotel limitation measure, which will help to preserve… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Non-existent hotel problem

Editor, Index-Tribune: Next week, voters will chart the future of our small town by deciding whether we reverse our economic progress or preserve our ability to consider well-developed, tasteful hotel proposals in the future. The Hotel Limitation Measure would ban the construction of virtually all new hotels in the City of Sonoma while preventing hotels… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Measure B is a matter of money

Editor, Index-Tribune: The issue of Measure B has come down to a matter of money. The “yes” on B people are mailing out self-published photocopies of their material while the “no” on B people have sent out at least four professionally-produced, multi-colored mailers to Sonomans, plus a full-size billboard on Highway 12 in the Springs.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Big hotel? Think before you vote

Editor, Index-Tribune: Yes on B keeps any future hotels built in Sonoma at a reasonable 25 rooms or less. If a big hotel is what you want, think before you vote. Talk to the residents in Rohnert Park and ask them how the new traffic jams have impacted their lives with the new casino. Even… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Architect of wealth?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Ned Forrest knows a thing or two about “luxury” and “exclusivity,” two adjectives used in his letter to the editor. As the owner of some of Sonoma’s prime real estate locations, he counts a tasting room and event planner as his historic building’s tenants. Ironically, Measure B supporters criticize tasting rooms and event… Continue Reading >>

On Nov. 5, the county’s Board of Supervisors, led by 1st District supervisor Susan Gorin, presented La Luz Center with the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing La Luz for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.” Front row, from left, La Luz Executive Director Juan Hernandez, La Luz founder Ligia Booker, board chair Claudia Mendoza-Carruth and Supervisor Susan Gorin. Back row from left,  La Luz board members Anna Pier, David Stollmeyer and Vicki Stollmeyer.

La Luz wins Jefferson Award

On Nov. 5, the county’s Board of Supervisors, led by 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, presented La Luz Center with the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing La Luz for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.”

For Veterans Day this year, VFW Post #1943 and Boy Scout Troop 222 carried out a flag retirement ceremony which meant cutting up old flags and burning the pieces. Bailey Woodworth, 17, with Troop 222, places pieces in a burning cauldron. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Retiring old flags

For Veterans Day this year, VFW Post #1943 and Boy Scout Troop 222 carried out a flag retirement ceremony which meant cutting up old flags and burning the pieces. Bailey Woodworth, 17, with Troop 222, places pieces in a burning cauldron.

JOSH FARRELL will be reading from his new book “The Sonoma Police Report: Funny, Odd Tales from the Wine Country” tonight at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

Josh Farrell reads from ‘Police Report’

Sonoma native Josh Farrell will be reading from his new book, “The Sonoma Police Report: Funny, Odd Tales from the Wine Country” at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E.

Business startup guide available

Sonoma County’s greatest opportunity for economic vitality and job creation may well lie in the ability of local entrepreneurs to quickly and easily get new businesses up and operational. As part of a host of initiatives recently undertaken by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB), the organization has just released a new guide entitled,… Continue Reading >>

Bruce Cohn donates $35K to Redwood Empire Food Bank

In an annual holiday tradition, vintner and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributed a portion of the proceeds from his 27th annual B.R Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival held in September at the B.R Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen. The event donated $35,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), one of the many… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Quake fault info a must

By Thomas D. Elias Anyone who has seen the epicenter of a major earthquake following a temblor knows that California’s legal and scientific priorities have lately been seriously skewed. Now, put these recent events together: First, the state Legislature passes and Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new law to require development of a comprehensive statewide… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

When grownups bully over baseball

By Monica Rosales For the past four years, we have been going trick or treating in the Fryer Creek area along all the homes across from Train Town, and we have always had a fun and friendly experience. Until this year. Victoria, who is 10-years-old, decided to be a Dodgers baseball player, because she is… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Joyous new mural in the hospital hallway

Editor, Index-Tribune: The new wing at Sonoma Valley hospital is the result of a lengthy, sometimes arduous process that involved the people of Sonoma Valley, the hospital’s board of directors and its staff, with many months – if not years – of public discussions and arguments, and more than one popular voting process. The combined… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

We need viably-sized hotels

Editor, Index-Tribune: With the growing international reputation of the California Wine Country, the building here of viably-sized hotels is inevitable. If they are not allowed within the city limits, they will be built outside, and their tenants will not be able to walk to our shops and restaurants. If they do come into Sonoma, they… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Measure B is for our future

Editor, Index-Tribune: The heart of the “yes” on Measure B argument is quite simple – after all the design reviews and environmental impacts are done, the bottom line for any developer is whether the property they build will make a profit for their owners or shareholders. That’s fine – that’s how they’re supposed to act.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Give ‘Marisol’ a longer run

Editor, Index-Tribune: I recommend the current play “Marisol” at the Sonoma Community Center. It is informative and very well acted. Evidently, some people were offended by its starkness, thereby missing the message. Yes, it is not a pretty play. It is an allegorical, religious play about our world. It is about faith and love. The… Continue Reading >>