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Bonus for hospital CEO unfair to staff

I agree with the Sept. 16 letter from Alice Friesen, “Many angry over hospital CEO pay raise,” but feel it didn’t go far enough to address the frustration felt throughout the hospital.

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Minimum wage just plain wrong

I oppose any city ordinance to impose an increase in the minimum wage on businesses in Sonoma, because it is just plain wrong.

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A very special thank you

This is a very special thank you to the person who picked up a little bag from the Safeway pharmacy in their parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 11, and returned it to the customer service desk. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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Celebrating Mexican independence as one community

Last Sunday, Sonoma celebrated and enjoyed a free and peaceful afternoon of fun, music, food and friendship in the Plaza. I saw children dressed up and performing folkloric dance. I marveled at the Charros de Sonoma, with their artistic horsemanship. I heard mariachi music, banda, and everyone raising voices for freedom. Most important, I saw people from all ethnicities and walks of life come together in the Plaza as one community.

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Pool closing date moved, no change in timeline

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your article this past Tuesday on Sonoma Splash and the community pool. It’s great to share with the community the exciting news that we are so near to closing on the Paul’s Resort property as the future site of the long-awaited community pool facility. An important update to the timeline,… Continue Reading >>

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An economy based on catering wars?

Editor, Index-Tribune: It’s raining metal in the Middle East and the forecast calls for pain. The creation of the euro allowed Germany to take over Europe with a pen. Countries that do not have their own currency have no sovereignty. The Ukraine should have its own currency. The question is, which bully is going to… Continue Reading >>

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Abandoned by Artisan Bakers?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Am I the only customer upset that Artisan Bakers, which made its start and its success in Sonoma, has suddenly decided to not distribute their breads here any more? First, they closed their own retail store; now they no longer supply any local stores (Safeway, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods).  They are still baking,… Continue Reading >>

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A great addition to the cultural landscape

Editor, Index-Tribune: On a recent visit to Sonoma, we enjoyed a fantastic Transcendence Theatre Company performance, having attended several performances in the past few years. The evening, under a starlit sky, was even more magical than we remembered, and now that we are temporary residents of Montana, we were more appreciative than ever that we… Continue Reading >>

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FISH needs help for dialysis patients

Editor, Index-Tribune: The earthquake we experienced is a very definite wake up call. There was a point on the following Monday that FISH was facing the possibility of not getting our dialysis patients to Napa for treatment. It brings home the fact that we live in an area where several earthquake faults exist. It has… Continue Reading >>

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Jean-Charles Boisset – Thank you for saving Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: All of us who live here in this beautiful Valley owe Mr. Jean-Charles Boisset a huge thank you for his vision, passion, dedication and, of course, money for restoring the Buena Vista Winery’s historic stone buildings. It cost him a lot more money to do it right, and fortunately he stepped up. Thank… Continue Reading >>

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Does repaving charge violate rent control?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I recently sent the following letter to the Sonoma City Council: This is my protest against the 20-year rent increase for a capital improvement, the repaving of Del Rio Paseo, proposed by Terra Vista Management for residents under rent control at De Anza Moon Valley, a mobile home park of 247 units. The… Continue Reading >>

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Plein Air gala is Friday, not Saturday

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you to Kathleen Hill for mentioning Sonoma Plein Air Foundation’s upcoming Gala. One quick correction – the Gala is actually on Friday, Sept 19.  There are a few seats left, so please visit our website, sonomapleinair.com, to purchase a ticket. Everything else Kathleen said was absolutely correct: the event is going to be… Continue Reading >>

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Off-leash dogs chase deer, deer die

Early this evening, while leaving the Sonoma Mountain cemetery, I couldn’t help but notice six deer racing across the lower cemetery and up toward the hill. There were two does and four fawns running like something was chasing them. The deer were running, not sauntering.

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I don’t want Cirque du Soleil on Plaza

Regarding the CSEC’s Plaza rules, I want to comment upon what a town square actually embodies, culturally and historically. Having lived in cities with popular “public spaces,” such as Boulder, Colorado, and Santa Cruz and Sausalito, I hope that Sonoma does not plunge down the same one-way street that these cities have taken.

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Kudos to Council for minimum wage study

Those who value a community that shares the fruits of hard work and good fortune are celebrating the City Council’s vote to undertake a study of increasing the city’s minimum wage.

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High School tennis team needs support

I am a current senior at Sonoma Valley High School. I have played for the girls varsity tennis team for three years of my high school career and I am now a co-captain for this fall season of 2014.

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Town square is for people to use

Regarding the Aug. 29 editorial about the CSEC’s proposed new Plaza rules (“CSEC Plaza policy is misguided”), your characterization of a “left turn” is right. This is what happens when liberals take over. They lock down property and keep everyone off in the name of “preservation.”

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Deets Winslow also missed at SDC

In reading all the items about Deets Winslow, nowhere did I see mention of his full-time job as one of the dedicated psych techs at the Sonoma Developmental Center. The mourners at the memorial service included many of his fellow employees. His influence was wider than being a great coach. He is missed.

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Why do we have zero periods?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that classes shouldn’t start before 8:30 a.m. Why do our middle and high schools have “zero” periods with start times of 7:45 a.m. for middle school, and 7 a.m. for high school?

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Cultural dissonance in a drought

thought the Aug. 19 editorial (“Water bond just a step”) was well done and informative. I agree it’s “nuts” for well and groundwater use not to be monitored, or to relegate it to a voluntary choice.

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Needs help finding hit-and-run suspect

I’m writing for help. My daughter was at her place of employment on the afternoon of Aug. 26, when they got a knock on the door. The neighbor had come to say that they just witnessed my daughter’s car get hit by a hit-and-run driver.