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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 >>

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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 >>

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Demagoguery vs. democracy

After reading all the letters and articles regarding Measure B, I have come to the conclusion that the issue is more about distrust of our public officials than it is about “protecting” Sonoma.

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Let’s transcend our rage

During this time of political turmoil and policy disagreements, when so many people in this county, state, country and throughout the world, feel that our well-being is being sacrificed financially and also our peace of mind, let us think about how we can transcend our rage, restrain our might and act with compassionate dignity.

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Small is beautiful

Driving back from Santa Rosa recently on Highway 12 in Boyes Springs, I came upon two very large “No on B” signs that disturbed me greatly.

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Beware the Watkins effect, “no” on B

A diverse cross-section of groups and individuals have come out opposing Measure B because they realize the unintended consequences the measure would have on Sonoma’s city services and our quality of life.

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What’s a big hotel

I was driving around town today, kind of counting the election signs and I saw a new one that said something like, “Stops big hotels.”

Letter to the Editor

B is beautiful

Goodness, gracious, the Tuesday I-T editorial page was a virtual barrage of naysayers about Measure B.

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Too much foot traffic already

Believe it or not, there were once proposals to build gas stations on the corner of the Plaza. Thank goodness, saner minds prevailed.