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Editorial: Lois Wolk’s water war

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been waging what at times seems like a one-woman campaign to point California in the direction of an ecologically sensible, economically affordable and politically possible water bond for inclusion on the November ballot.

Public input sought on City website

Editor, Index-Tribune: In order to serve the public better, the City of Sonoma is planning to update its website. Since our last website update, there have been many technological advances that likely impact your experience of our online presence. We know that part of our responsibility to our community is to maintain our cultural and… Continue Reading >>

Falling in love with Jack London Park

Editor, Index-Tribune: I moved to Sonoma in April and was married in June, after several years of visiting and dating a local woman here. I fell in love with Sonoma and bought a home here. One of its attractions is the Jack London State Historic Park and its programs, particularly the Transcendence Theatre Company. As… Continue Reading >>

15 women and the Davidjohn Quartet – Wow!

Editor, Index-Tribune: We just came back from an amazing, second annual community event – Solo Flight – Songs from the Women of Vox Populi. Fifteen women, whom many of us know as solid contributors to life in Sonoma, got a chance to belt out fabulous songs in front of a very talented group of musicians… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: A wine bridge to Cuba

When you stand on the shore of South Beach, on the edge of Key West, and look across the Straits of Florida, it’s not hard to imagine you can see over the intervening 110 miles of open water to the looming Castle of the Three Kings at the mouth of Havana harbor. It’s 50 miles closer than Miami, but viewed through a temporal lens it is more accurately 54 years away.


Op-ed: Don’t get burned by the Forest Service

Fire season has arrived, and California’s drought means there will inevitably be a large forest fire this year. Media will invariably quote employees of the U.S. Forest Service, the federal agency that administers our National Forests.


Oyster farm great research site

Editor, Index-Tribune: Drakes Bay Oyster Farm is a biological research site of significant value. Where else are biologists going to find a population of filter feeders with such an intimate relationship with the Pacific Ocean? Oysters filter sea water, have a short generation time and, because of this, lend themselves in the same way as… Continue Reading >>


Kudos for keeping Jack London Park open

Editor, Index-Tribune: These pages are commonly taken up with contentious voices arguing over access to our local public lands. All the more reason, therefore, to celebrate the wonderful, cooperative effort that has given new life to one of our Valley’s jewels – Jack London State Historic Park. Not long ago, this park was on the… Continue Reading >>


Off leash dogs kill fawns

Editor, Index-Tribune: To all the loving dog owners out there: Do you realize that when your wonderful, domesticated dog is off leash, it will instinctively give chase when it sees something scamper, like a fawn? As a member of the board of directors for Wildlife Fawn Rescue, I know that one of the biggest reasons… Continue Reading >>


Vineyards should cut water use too

Editor, Index-Tribune: I applaud and agree with David Bolling’s editorial, “More fire under our butts,” on Friday, July 18. I really hope the state’s Water Resources Control Board does something more worthwhile in the very near future about curbing water usage in this state than the currentpathetically minimal limitations they are proposing. Here’s what perplexes… Continue Reading >>


Whose water is it?

Editor, Index-Tribune It seems that residential communities that have private wells believe that they can waste irrigation water as much as they please. I have witnessed Seven Flags and Temelec lawn sprinklers spraying water into the air at mid-day and afternoon on the lawns at their entrances. Most important, these wells are sucking water from… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: Public pool is not a threat to water supply

The Sonoma Valley is the only area in Sonoma County without a single public swimming pool, a deficiency that has weighed on the hearts, minds and purse strings of Valley residents since the high school pool was plowed under nearly a decade ago.

Valley Forum

Valley forum: New Mexico – Hispanic heart of America

By Bill Hutchinson (Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of blog reports from Bill and Lori Hutchinson who have embarked on a cross-country, blue-highway odyssey from Sonoma to the East Coast and back.) Gentle Readers – I fear I may perhaps be overburdening you with history and geology and geography, but, I… Continue Reading >>


Bring back Senior Wellness program

Editor, Index Tribune: I am writing to express my disappointment and sadness at the termination of the Senior Wellness Program at Sonoma Valley Hospital. The program was a valuable contribution to the large population of seniors here in Sonoma. My own personal journey at Senior Wellness started in April 2013, when the program in its… Continue Reading >>


Water reduction must include vineyards

Editor, Index-Tribune: I applaud and agree with David Bolling’s editorial of Friday, July 18, (“More fire under our butts”). I really hope the state’s Water Resources Control Board does something more worthwhile in the very near future about curbing water usage in this state, than the current pathetically minimal limitations they are proposing. Here’s what perplexes… Continue Reading >>


Who is ‘we,’ what should ‘we’ do about water?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Saving water is good, because it seems they’ve stopped making it. Underscoring the urgency, we’re told to save it because “we’re all in this together.” If so, we should understand who “we” is and what “we” should do. In prolonged drought, water effectively becomes a finite resource, yet we are rain-dancing past that graveyard.… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: Water officials want to light a fire

A headline in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper exclaims, “California takes drastic action to tackle worst drought in recent history.” News “anchors” all over Bay Area TV announce breathlessly, “Stiff new fines for water wasters.” Would that it were all true. Here’s what the state’s Water Resources Control Board announced on Tuesday: Californians will no longer be… Continue Reading >>


In cahoots over political terminology?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Social justice, open borders, income equality and amnesty, to name just some of the terms used by state and federal politicians in cahoots with journalists in the mass media, beg to be defined. I would like to know just what they, who employ those terms, really mean. Knowing that, I may be better… Continue Reading >>


Too much noise? Just move Arnold Field

Editor, Index-Tribune: Having been lucky enough to be born in the greatest town in the world 55 years ago, I believe I have a solution to the (noise) problem at Arnold field. We could have every athlete who has participated in a sport at Arnold Field, meet one afternoon and pick up the field and… Continue Reading >>


What’s with the bag around the I-T?

Editor, Index Tribune: Unless I’m mistaken (and I’m not mistaken), we are in the midst of a significant drought. Every morning I check the weather, and, sadly, I see no sign of rain. So a question: what’s up with the plastic bag surrounding my paper? Really? Come on guys, a simple rubber band (which I… Continue Reading >>


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