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Letters to the Editor

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?

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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.”

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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.

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Sonoma as an ATM?

I feel the necessity to write a letter to my fellow Sonomans about Measure B, which stops large hotels from development within city limits.

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One big hotel and tasting room spot?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am a mom raising a family in Sonoma and I am voting “yes” on Measure B. I appreciate that tourism is an important part of our economy in Sonoma, and we enjoy being hosts to visitors from around the world. At the same time, the Sonoma Plaza is still an important gathering… Continue Reading >>

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Nobody was robbed

Editor, Index-Tribune: Joe Aaron’s revision of history (“Don’t let him rob us again,” Index-Tribune Op-Ed. Oct. 22) includes a vote that never happened. Pat Kuleto withdrew his application prior to any City Council vote being taken when he decided any discussion of parking conditions related to his proposed restaurant were too much trouble. The matter… Continue Reading >>

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City planning works, Measure B unnecessary

Editor, Index-Tribune: As I prepare to cast my vote for Measure B (the Hotel Limitation Measure), I’ve read the voter information written by both the sides of Measure B. The most misleading argument within the ballot arguments is a claim by Measure B supporters, in their opening paragraph, that states, “Sonoma risks becoming overbuilt and… Continue Reading >>

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I trust local officials, Vote no on B

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am dismayed that the main issue in the “yes” on Measure B campaign seems to be based on a distrust of our local officials, including the city council and those who volunteer their time to serve on local boards and commissions. In the 25 years I’ve lived here, I’ve had the privilege… Continue Reading >>