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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.

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High praise for the Lodge

This letter was sent to Suzy Hart, general manager of The Lodge at Sonoma, following the wonderful service we received there for the wedding reported in the Index-Tribune:

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Beautiful lawns, what drought?

I was very depressed on seeing the Aug. 22 front-page photo of the cracked mud which is what remains of the reservoir up at the Sonoma Developmental Center. I recently saw the same conditions at Lake Shasta, almost completely dry.

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The truth about Hooker’s hookers?

All you need to know about Gen. Hooker will be explained on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the League for Historic Preservation’s Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E.

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Are we too far gone?

If a stable global economy and world peace are the objectives, we are going to have to try a different approach. If the United Nations votes that world leaders attend anger management classes, would they be willing to go? Would they be more comfortable if we changed the name from anger management to Cool School?

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Osama bin Laden won?

Apropos of the dust-up in Ferguson, Missouri, some interesting data was obtained by the New York Times via a Freedom of Information Act request and posted on HitHub.

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Dip for a sip

Hope floats, or so the saying goes. Wine corks float, as do empty beer kegs.

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Save the Fryer Creek ducks

The explanation about the “real fix for Fryer Creek” (Index-Tribune Op-Ed, Aug. 8) by Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is a politically correct piece, obviously written without a site visit.

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Please give us back our wedding photos

Our daughter was married Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Francis Solano Church. We celebrated afterward at The Lodge at Sonoma, on Broadway. Toward the end of the evening, the photographer’s camera was stolen – no photographs for us and no livelihood for our photographer.

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Pool will not take five years to open

Editor, Index-Tribune: I read the article in Friday’s paper on the community pool (“City mulling pool loan,” Aug. 15), and was disappointed to see the last statement that, to paraphrase, “it is abundantly clear that the pool under the best circumstances is at least five years away, probably further.” I don’t know how you drew… Continue Reading >>