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Parks reunited at veterans cemetery

Editor, Index-Tribune I just took a drive to the beautiful veterans cemetery in Sonoma to visit my husband and check on the flowers. I was surprised to see two fairly new headstone right next to the Star of Honor, each with a fairly large American flag, that I hadn’t noticed before. Going closer, I saw… Continue Reading >>


Crowd creep danger during 4th parade

Editor, Index-Tribune: I was one of the volunteers at the Sonoma 4th of July parade. I was concerned about the safety of the spectators as “crowd creep” occurred, whereby people pushed further and further into the street. At one point, I saw a woman place three small children a full eight feet from the curb… Continue Reading >>


Make SDC a veterans home

Editor, Index-Tribune: Help our vets turn SDC into a veterans home. You have a great model, Yountville. Figure it out, Sonoma. Marge Everidge Glen Ellen  


Eye-for-an-eye makes whole world blind

Editor, Index-Tribune: The collective punishment against the Palestinian people in response to the tragic killing of the three Israeli boys has to stop. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” Martin Luther King Jr. warned us. The killing of six Palestinians, the arrest of hundreds more and the brutal beating of an… Continue Reading >>


Make Sonoma roundabout leader

Editor, Index-Tribune Time for a roundabout! Never a second without a third – see Tuesday, July 1, 2014, pulse of the public. We are pleased that John Camajani, Sonoma expressed his views on the subject. I cannot understand, since 121/12 at Schellville was redone not long ago. We found it ridiculous to have installed “light… Continue Reading >>


Gun culture is hard to change

With the announcement by District Attorney Jill Ravitch that criminal charges will not be brought against Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Gelhaus, the tragedy of Andy Lopez returns to haunt us anew.


Op-ed: The case for a $15 minimum wage

For many decades, the wages of American workers increased annually, sometimes greater and sometimes less so, but they increased. To a large degree, that’s what created and built a substantial and vibrant middle class.


Making college dream possible for Maria Ayala

I woke up this morning thinking about Maria. She is a young Latina girl living in Sonoma who just graduated with honors from Sonoma Valley High School with a 3.5 GPA and a strong interest in math and science.


We like dogs, not irresponsible owners

Editor, Index-Tribune I have been closely following the issues concerning dogs on the Montini Preserve. Up until now, I have been reluctant to share any of my wife’s or my experiences with unleashed dogs. Yesterday, however, we experienced a situation that we still find hard to believe. We were walking along a paved road when… Continue Reading >>


A society of slaves?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Poverty is manufactured in America. We make our world what it is. We build the guns, the boats, the planes and the trains. We create the poor. Did we abolish slavery, or just become more subtle in the implementation? Share croppers owed their lives to the company store. The economy today has cut… Continue Reading >>


Let’s start Stompers ticket fund for kids

Editor, Index-Tribune What a wonderful feel Sonoma had on July 1. The smell of food, and the music blending at Tuesday Night farmers market. The crack of the bat and snap of a glove at Sonoma’s very first Stompers game. It was like one giant festival. Yet there was one incident that melted all that… Continue Reading >>


Oohs and aahs over walking floats

Editor, Index-Tribune While the July 4 wind did not cooperate with the Community Center’s delightful pinwheels, the walking float set an example of what SCC meant when it urged us (in print here in the Index-Tribune) to dump the boring car show for the creativity and fun of homemade floats we made and oohed and… Continue Reading >>


SDC update

There is good news, bad news and no news concerning the fate of the Sonoma Developmental Center and the remaining 439 residents of the bucolic, 1,000-acre Glen Ellen campus now in the center of a policy debate over how, where and when to move the majority into small, mainstreamed community facilities.


Coast-to-coast in a rolling closet

People have asked us, “So, are you driving an RV, pulling an Air Stream or driving a big tour bus? ”We respond, “No, we are driving our Ford Escape and using it as our rolling closet.”


A Norman Rockwell moment

It is hard to believe you could go to an event in Sonoma that actually cost less than $5 at the gate. Growing up in Upstate New York, our family of seven boys and one girl was immersed in baseball our entire childhood summers.


July 4 gridlock OK, Raceway gridlock not?

I am surprised that, by Marilyn Goode’s logic in her July 4 Valley Forum opinion (“Sonoma Raceway – noise, air and light pollution”) – in which she states, “If you are concerned about the increased traffic and gridlock in and out of our Valley, or the eventual need of more roads and freeways, you may wish to weigh the value of more traffic over clean air, less noise and peace and quiet.”


Perspective, kindness for Montini dogs

Our country is on the verge of war, the planet itself is in trouble, 50,000 children have crossed our border, and we are yelling, with stunning rage, about DOGS.


Transcendence – Just be there

Buried in the lyrics of “Being Alive,” Stephen Sondheim’s classic from the Broadway musical “Company,” is the encrypted password to the creative riddle of the Transcendence Theatre Company, which opened its 2014 season at Jack London State Historic Park – the third in its young and meteoric life – last Friday.


At FOD, dog owners do what they please

I would like to comment on the ongoing conversation in the Index-Tribune regarding dogs and the Montini Preserve. I oversee the Sonoma Valley Field of Dreams, which is alongside the Montini Preserve.


Time for a roundabout at 121/116 intersection

I was pleased to see that the roundabout at Arnold Drive and Agua Caliente was finally dedicated to the memory of Hap Arnold. It is a fitting tribute to him and the roundabout is a marvel of engineering.


More social justice, less charity

We live in a wonderful and caring community, but I hope that some day soon we will have more social justice and less charity, for two reasons.


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