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If you’re an armchair historian, get up and move around

In the midst of the flurry of events surrounding the apparent change in U.S.-Iranian relations, I couldn’t help but notice the inevitable: a letter to the editor, published in the Index-Tribune, in which the writer harkens back to Munich and the naïve agreement made between Neville Chamberlain and Adolph Hitler, the “peace in our time” episode, about which armchair historians love to yammer to this very day.


‘Big’ isn’t big, and ‘B’ is more fear than fact

It’s become clear to me that Measure B proponents fail to recognize the flaws and unintended consequences their measure would have on Sonoma. Measure B takes aim at “big” hotels, and their determination that hotels with more than 25 rooms are “big” is a mystery to me.

Letter to the Editor

Teens deserve respect and kindness

To the woman so angered by the fact that my son and his friends would trick or treat as teenagers that she yelled at them, and basically threw candy into their bags, I would like to say the following:

Letter to the Editor

Leaf blowers – get the facts, then decide

Blowing leaves is like herding sheep. They keep wanting to go every which way but straight. A rake is controllable. The beast that blows is used far more than necessary.

Letter to the Editor

Contention and rhetorical warfare

Despite the fact Mr. Anderson’s bid to build a hotel is in limbo, the Index-Tribune is full of articles for and against Measure B.

What about the shop owners?

Has anyone ever thought about what will happen to the local owners of the shops on West Napa Street that will be torn down to accommodate this hotel?


Celtic music performed at library

On Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., the Celtic-fusion band Greenhouse will perform at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. This performance will be held in the main room of the library as the Friends of the Library book sale is occurring in the Forum Room.

Upstream Investment workshop set for Nov. 14

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin and the Sonoma County Human Services Department will host a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14, for Sonoma Valley community-based organizations to learn about the prevention-focused Upstream Investments initiative and how their organizations can participate in creating community change. The workshop will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at La… Continue Reading >>

Preserving Jack London Village in GE

The Sonoma Valley has a rich history and its history buffs are always eager to share the fascinating history with others. On Saturday, Nov. 9, Jim Shere will give a talk entitled “The Rehabilitation of Jack London Village.”

Springs cleanup set for Saturday

The Springs Business Community is hosting a Highway 12 cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot on the corner of East Thompson and Highway 12. Safety vests, trash bags and litter sticks will be provided. Barking Dog Roasters will provide coffee for “early birds” and Mary’s… Continue Reading >>

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art hosted a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration and invited people to make altars to remember their loved ones. 
Sylvia Santoyo passes out information on domestic violence at an altar dedicated to the memory of Maria Teresa Macias who was killed by her husband. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art hosted a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration and invited people to make altars to remember their loved ones.

PHILIP BEARD AND GEORGIA KELLY at Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola in Italy at Praxis Peace Institute’s seminar in September, who will speak about their experience at “The Economics of Cooperation” discussion in Sonoma.

‘Economics of Cooperation’ discussed at Praxis Peace panel

Sonoma’s Praxis Peace Institute will host a panel discussion entitled “The Economics of Cooperation” on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. The panel includes Philip Beard, Georgia Kelly, Marilyn Langlois and Keith Wilson.

Parkman to talk archeology, history

Known for its celebration of the past, Buena Vista Winery will wrap up its inaugural season of the “Sonoma Valley History Lectures at Buena Vista Winery.” The season included an array of free lectures given by local history experts on the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at Buena Vista Winery. Lectures are… Continue Reading >>

Holiday gifts at Woman’s Club craft fair

The Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club is holding its annual Holiday Boutique Craft Fair at its historic clubhouse. The fair continues this weekend with a different set of artisans participating. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The sale will include… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Another tale of two places

In all the rhetoric about measure B, there isn’t any discussion about the impact of the proposition’s unexpected results that may occur.

Letter to the Editor

Citizens aren’t stupid, B will win

Steve Page thinks that Measure B “subverts” the design review process of Sonoma (Op-Ed, “Measure B robs our community’s voice,” Nov. 1), when all it does is add a stipulation about the size of hotels, one of many regulations that the Planning Commission, Design Review Board and City Council must adhere to by law.

Letter to the Editor

Measure B is about NO hotels

Measure B isn’t about “big” hotels vs. “small” hotels. It is about responsibly developed new hotels vs. no new hotels.