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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Op-Ed: Bring back Sonoma’s aquatic glory

The construction of a pool in Sonoma is long overdue. Sonoma was once the home of a proud swim tradition, boasting All-American individual and relay teams while providing a platform for high schoolers to take their talents to four-year collegiate programs. This was accomplished in an inadequate “shallow-deep” pool.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: Does Sonoma really need another pool?

With all the talk of Sonoma needing a pool lately, it should be pointed out that Sonoma already has a great pool that the community uses. I am a longtime community member and aquatics advocate, and I run the Sonoma Aquatic Club, formerly known as Agua Caliente Aquatic Center, at 17350 Vailetti Drive in Sonoma.


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Editorial: Lois Wolk’s water war

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been waging what at times seems like a one-woman campaign to point California in the direction of an ecologically sensible, economically affordable and politically possible water bond for inclusion on the November ballot.

Public input sought on City website

Editor, Index-Tribune: In order to serve the public better, the City of Sonoma is planning to update its website. Since our last website update, there have been many technological advances that likely impact your experience of our online presence. We know that part of our responsibility to our community is to maintain our cultural and… Continue Reading >>

Falling in love with Jack London Park

Editor, Index-Tribune: I moved to Sonoma in April and was married in June, after several years of visiting and dating a local woman here. I fell in love with Sonoma and bought a home here. One of its attractions is the Jack London State Historic Park and its programs, particularly the Transcendence Theatre Company. As… Continue Reading >>

15 women and the Davidjohn Quartet – Wow!

Editor, Index-Tribune: We just came back from an amazing, second annual community event – Solo Flight – Songs from the Women of Vox Populi. Fifteen women, whom many of us know as solid contributors to life in Sonoma, got a chance to belt out fabulous songs in front of a very talented group of musicians… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: A wine bridge to Cuba

When you stand on the shore of South Beach, on the edge of Key West, and look across the Straits of Florida, it’s not hard to imagine you can see over the intervening 110 miles of open water to the looming Castle of the Three Kings at the mouth of Havana harbor. It’s 50 miles closer than Miami, but viewed through a temporal lens it is more accurately 54 years away.


Op-ed: Don’t get burned by the Forest Service

Fire season has arrived, and California’s drought means there will inevitably be a large forest fire this year. Media will invariably quote employees of the U.S. Forest Service, the federal agency that administers our National Forests.


Oyster farm great research site

Editor, Index-Tribune: Drakes Bay Oyster Farm is a biological research site of significant value. Where else are biologists going to find a population of filter feeders with such an intimate relationship with the Pacific Ocean? Oysters filter sea water, have a short generation time and, because of this, lend themselves in the same way as… Continue Reading >>


Kudos for keeping Jack London Park open

Editor, Index-Tribune: These pages are commonly taken up with contentious voices arguing over access to our local public lands. All the more reason, therefore, to celebrate the wonderful, cooperative effort that has given new life to one of our Valley’s jewels – Jack London State Historic Park. Not long ago, this park was on the… Continue Reading >>


Off leash dogs kill fawns

Editor, Index-Tribune: To all the loving dog owners out there: Do you realize that when your wonderful, domesticated dog is off leash, it will instinctively give chase when it sees something scamper, like a fawn? As a member of the board of directors for Wildlife Fawn Rescue, I know that one of the biggest reasons… Continue Reading >>