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A light that burned twice as bright

Editor, Index-Tribune Oh Robin, master of comedy, master of tragedy, again you have made me laugh, again you have made me cry. Your statement on fortune and fame, your comment on price verses cost, has left me at a loss. Gone but not forgotten, silently onward into the night. We thank you, for your contribution,… Continue Reading >>

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We’re all in this together

Editor, Index-Tribune: While I couldn’t call Robin Williams a friend, he was all around me during my rock and roll days in San Francisco in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Always on, always funny. The bit he did on golf with his dead-on Scottish accent is for the ages. But the takeaway here is the profound… Continue Reading >>

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Can city water meters be hacked?

Editor, Index-Tribune: As a concerned Sonoman and WaterWise member, I have been following the coverage on water issues in the city, county and state as featured in the Index-Tribune over the past few months. In response to that, I would like to share some thoughts and information with you. Recently, the following websites searched on… Continue Reading >>

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Where are our new water bills?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I appreciate the drought article in the Aug. 8 Index-Tribune (“Water shortage spurs mandatory cutbacks”), as there is not enough talk or promotion about conservation and the impending rationing. What was most interesting was the quote from Sonoma public works director, Dan Takasugi, stating what our tier rates are and how they can… Continue Reading >>

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Don’t miss ‘Shrew’ at Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: A friend and I went to Buena Vista winery Sunday night to watch “The Taming of the Shrew. ”What a great performance. A classic Shakespeare play with modern and local references. This event has to be added to this summer’s must do list. Sitting on quaint patio tables placed around a water feature, the… Continue Reading >>

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Robbins and the power of community

Editor, Index Tribune: On Saturday, at the Moose Lodge, I bore witness to the power of community, our community of Sonoma. Dave Robbins was a friend, we worked on several educational projects together, and I was always very taken by his open heart for kids. On Saturday, I witnessed the open heart of so many… Continue Reading >>

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Kate and Shakespeare are back at Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: Saw “Taming of the Shrew” last night at Buena Vista Winery and we highly recommend it. Kate Kennedy is back directing Shakespeare in Buena Vista’s courtyard around the fountain, it felt like 10 years ago when we first arrived in Sonoma and discovered her wonderful productions there. For some years, with changing owners at the winery,… Continue Reading >>

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Musical meal to benefit FISH

Editor, Index-Tribune: I’d like to let Index-Tribune readers know that The Barking Dog and “3 on a Match” are sponsoring a sumptuous, musical evening to help FISH replace its older donated refrigerators and freezers with Energy Star appliances. Upon completing its solar panels, FISH has determined that it is possible to reroute additional funds into… Continue Reading >>

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Creek bacteria not good for ducks

Editor, Index-Tribune: The ducks still there in Fryer Creek are living in high levels of bacteria and need to be moved. East Side Rescue is on it with DFG. We are having the water tested to evaluate the bacteria levels. Not healthy for our native ducks. I find it so ironic that the Sonoma Ecology… Continue Reading >>

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Buying new home? Beware vacation rentals

Editor, Index-Tribune: Seven years ago, when we purchased our beautiful home in the hills of Agua Caliente, we never dreamed that the serenity, peace and quiet would be interrupted with a vacation rental inserted into this space, basically right in our backyard. When we moved in, there was a lovely, quiet family that lived there,… Continue Reading >>

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Lots of desalination discussion in media

Editor, Index-Tribune: Sheila Cole, in her Aug. 5 letter to the editor, “Desalination anyone?” wrote in part, “What is interesting to me is that not once have I seen the word “desalination” in this paper or in the New York Times.” But in the May 25 edition of the San Jose Mercury News, a story by Paul… Continue Reading >>

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More praise for Jack London Park

Editor, Index-Tribune Bob Crane’s July 29 letter, “Falling in love with Jack London Park,” praising and thanking the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (VMNHA), and the Transcendence Theatre Company (TTC), for rescuing Jack London State Park (JLSP), and making a breadth of activity accessible, is right on. The many volunteers of VMNHA enthusiastically… Continue Reading >>

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The importance of testosterone

Editor, Index-Tribune: While editorializing about some violent incidents that took place during Sonoma’s 4th of July celebration (“Alcohol-fueled Fourth,” July 15), Index-Tribune editor David Bolling wrote, “The testosterone was still flowing…” while describing such incidents. This sexist belief that males are poisoned by testosterone has been popularized by male and female feminists for decades. The… Continue Reading >>

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People with lower incomes should pay more for energy

Editor, Index-Tribune: This information is the latest I have on the complaint with PG&E, and its use of the tier system authorized by the state legislature in assembly bill AB327. The author of the bill was Henry Perea of Fresno, and it was unanimously approved by his committee and passed on to the legislature for… Continue Reading >>

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Sonoma Valley Hospital will continue to serve seniors

Editor, Index-Tribune: I would like to respond to the July 22 letter from Lynnette Peters concerning the Senior Wellness program at Sonoma Valley Hospital (“Bring back Senior Wellness program”). While we are closing the gym for seniors due to financial constraints, we did not close our Wellness program for seniors. We will continue to offer… Continue Reading >>

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Vacation rentals break up community

Editor, Index-Tribune: Recently, my little poodle escaped from my yard. In a nanosecond he had passed six houses and turned the corner. I ran after him but couldn’t keep up. When I finally rounded the corner, I saw a neighbor holding him safely in her arms. She had seen me walk him numerous times and… Continue Reading >>

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Wake up to save Blue Wing

Editor, Index-Tribune Thank you to Karla Noyes for the very informative article in the July 29 Index-Tribune Valley Forum section. Excellent article Karla. For God’s sake, let’s not turn the Blue Wing Inn into another commercial space for rent. I would agree that the history of Sonoma is our biggest tourist attraction. Yes, people are… Continue Reading >>

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In praise of Mark Grim exhibition

Editor, Index-Tribune: I would like to alert lovers of modern art to the exhibition of abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Mark Grim at the Epicurean Connection, 122 W. Napa St., Sonoma, through August. Unlike some other abstractionists, Mr. Grim infuses his works with energy, heart, soul and a resonance of subtle meaning, due in… Continue Reading >>

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Desalination anyone?

Editor, Index-Tribune: We are in a drought. Surprise! What is interesting to me is that not once have I seen the word “desalination” in this paper or in the New York Times. I suggest someone should at least Google the word. To investigate, or even venture to start up a plant, would not be cheap. What is?… Continue Reading >>

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Seniors need Senior Wellness program

Editor, Index-Tribune This is my take on the closing of the Senior Wellness program at Sonoma Valley Hospital and the July 22 letter by Lynnette Peters (“Bring back Senior Wellness program”). More than a year ago, I wrote to the Index-Tribune regarding the closure of the Cardiac Rehab program at Sonoma Valley Hospital. The program… Continue Reading >>

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Importance of accurate water news

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your thoughtful editorial of July 18 “More fire under our butts,” addressing state water usage. I felt discouraged by the news coverage on bay area TV stations claiming that instead of conserving water as requested by the governor, Californians were actually increasing water use. Among my friends and acquaintances, it… Continue Reading >>

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Who are the terrorists?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Israel accuses the militant Hamas of terrorism and insists on the right to defend itself. But Israel hasn’t always been in charge. Sixty-eight years ago, the Jews in Palestine felt the oppression of the British Mandate. A group of revisionist Zionists formed a military, right-wing group called the IRGUN to form a Jewish state… Continue Reading >>

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Thank you for helping police dog

Editor, Index-Tribune: This letter is overdue and I apologize. We first learned of Sonoma’s newest police officer, Dickie the canine in the Aug. 27, 2013 issue of the Index-Tribune. My first thought was, what a handsome dog, made all the more stunning by being a mix of Belgain Malinois and German Shepherd. My second instant… Continue Reading >>

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Watch out for cougars

Editor, Index-Tribune: Since I can assume there are cougars in Sonoma County, I feel it’s my duty to warn people about cougars acting strangely or too boldly as they may have canine distemper, which alters their minds. They may come very near buildings or even enter them and suddenly attack people or pets. So please… Continue Reading >>