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Sorry to lose Bolling’s writing, voice

Just finished reading David Bolling’s last column as editor of the Index-Tribune. So sorry to lose his superb writing, balanced opinions and especially strong voice on behalf of the nonprofit community in the Valley. He will be greatly missed in this role and I can only wish him the very best in his future endeavors, while hoping that they keep him right here in the town that he so grew to love.

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Opting out not as easy as it sounds

Editor, Index-Tribune: In reading the response of Sonoma Clean Power to John Fanucchi’s letter about opting out of the SCP involuntary enrollment, I was struck by how radically different perceptions and understanding can be. SCP describes the mailer we received as “attractively designed” to encourage people to open it. I perceived it as a sales… Continue Reading >>

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Appreciate coverage of “Portrait’

Editor, Index-Tribune Thanks for the excellent coverage and editorial on the Portrait of Sonoma in the Sept. 26, edition, “Report paints portrait of Valley.” With our public schools as resource centers for each of their communities, and with education being the most important factor on the human development scale, I remind myself that California public… Continue Reading >>

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Low-income housing in the Springs

Editor, Index-Tribune Because the county planners persist in jamming low-income housing into the Fetters/Agua Caliente area, where is any of this type of housing being planned east of Eighth Street or anywhere else in the Valley? In addition there are numerous residences which should be remodeled or condemned where there are 10 cars in the driveway… Continue Reading >>

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Clearing up errors about Sonoma Clean Power

I read John Fanucchi’s Sept. 23 letter to the editor (“Difficult opt-out to keep PG&E”) about Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) with great interest, as both a Sonoma resident and as Customer Service Director at SCP. I am compelled to write and correct a few errors in his letter.

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Trust hospital board on CEO pay

I have read all the comments in the Index-Tribune regarding the controversial bonus paid to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s incumbent CEO, Kelly Mather.

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Zinni appearance a special night

Kudos to Kathy Witkowicki and the Mentoring Alliance for a terrific speaker forum and bringing General Tony Zinni to Sonoma. I hope there are many more speakers to come.

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Supply and demand – pay workers enough to live here

In response to Robert Tenenbaum’s Sept. 19 letter on the minimum wage (“Minimum wage is just wrong”), I am curious, Mr. Tenenbaum, how you expect small businesses to even have employees if the employees do not make enough to live here and thus work here?

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Wage is regulated by supply and demand

In response to Celeste Winders’ posting, Celeste, very simply put, if a business doesn’t pay enough, they won’t attract workers and won’t be able to stay in business. The wage of an employee is job market-regulated by supply and demand.

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Abusing pot is uncool

Marijuana abuse and its side effects are not cool. Any substance that, when taken into the living organism, modifies one or more of its functions, is a drug.

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Difficult opt-out to keep PG&E

The Sonoma Clean Power energy opt-out program is a farce. At a meeting in Sonoma last year, the executive director for the program informed us all that each resident would receive a letter to opt out.

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The taiko war-drummers

RIP to the 2,976 Americans killed on 9/11, the 6,833 others killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on missions to avenge them; and to the 1,739,547 people of those countries who’ve paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit. Care, too, for millions more in the Mideast for whom our 9/11 has become their 24/7.

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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 >>