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Editorial: Counting Sonoma’s blessings

The best thing about politics in Sonoma Valley is that virtually all of our elected officials are volunteers. It is not a career. Whatever compensation there is is very small or nonexistent.


November’s elections won’t resolve much

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.


Clean Power savings questioned

I’m confused! Last I heard, the “savings” on the actual power portion of the (Sonoma Clean Power) bill would be 3 percent the first year and unknown thereafter! Has that changed in percent and duration?


Campaign signs missing

Editor, Index-Tribune: Madolyn Agrimonti drove past my house yesterday to check if her sign had been stolen. She is hearing from supporters that (so far) 25 of her blue and white signs have been stolen from front yards. Is any other City Council candidate having this problem? Gary Edwards offered to buy her replacement signs.… Continue Reading >>


Bolling has been moral compass

Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. The moisture-laden inscription, “Goodbye” told me something was amiss. Somehow I sensed that this was not going to be another stirring erudite missive from David Bolling.


Thanks for clearing issues

Editor, Index-Tribune: I write this letter long overdue, so many times have I felt the impulse to, after reading Editor Bolling’s columns – always so perfect in their informativeness, their heartfelt aim at accuracy and reason – what a true journalist. I don’t know what is taking him away; only want to say thanks for… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: 137 and still serving Sonoma Valley

Would you believe that the Sonoma Index-Tribune is 137 years old? It was founded in 1878 and changed owners and editors many times before my great-grandfather, Harry Granice, bought it in 1884.

Cal Focus

California Focus: The big reason water bond will pass: It should

The outcome is rarely certain when state government asks voter permission to spend $7.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money, but it’s also unusual for a ballot proposition to win as wide a range of support as Prop. 1 already had more than a month before the Nov. 4 Election Day.


El Verano needs reading mentors

El Verano School has a new after-school program called “The Reading Club,” which pairs volunteer reading “mentors” with first grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in our library. We invite you to come and join us – it’s only an hour a week commitment, and we will coach and support you.


New band director lauded

I had just phoned Sonoma Valley High School to inquire about their new band director and tell them how fabulous I think he is and how amazing the band sounds!


Please vote for Edwards for council

Over the years I have had the opportunity to see Sonoma leadership in action. Gary Edwards is the only city council candidate that stands out as having been actively engaged.


Dismayed at Bolling’s departure

I am quite dismayed at the departure of David Bolling from the paper. We have had a subscription for over 20 years and I feel that this event will be the demise of the paper.


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.


Editorial: A season of change

The first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 has about it a wonderfully universal flavor, in that it can explain, define and lay claim to almost every human experience and condition.

Cal Focus

PUC chief: Will be first test of new Brown term

How concerned will Gov. Jerry Brown be with the well-being of ordinary Californians in the new term he’s widely expected to win next month (the latest major poll has him leading his opponent by a 54-33 percent margin)? How much will he pander to the interests of large corporations?


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Editorial: Behind the Valley ‘portrait’

If the Sonoma Valley were a person under psychiatric care, the diagnosis might well be some form of dissociative identity disorder, a personality split between dramatic extremes.

Valley Forum

After the aftershock

The earthquake woke us up, but as time passes, denial (or maybe it’s hope), sets in. For now, all’s quiet on the western front but in most conversations, people are saying they were terrified.


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.