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Beautiful lawns, what drought?

I was very depressed on seeing the Aug. 22 front-page photo of the cracked mud which is what remains of the reservoir up at the Sonoma Developmental Center. I recently saw the same conditions at Lake Shasta, almost completely dry.


Editorial: Stage II water crisis

On Monday, the Sonoma City Council officially adopted the Stage II, mandatory water conservation measures dictated by the Water Resources Control Board’s July 15 emergency regulation.


Musings: Jack London State Park’s Transcendent survival

While Dottie and I sat under the stars at Jack London State Park recently, enjoying the incredibly talented and effervescent cast of the Transcendence Theater Company perform song and dance numbers from our favorite (and in some cases, our parents’ favorite) Broadway musicals, I recalled my first ever visit to what was then Jack London’s Beauty Ranch, years before it became a state park.


The truth about Hooker’s hookers?

All you need to know about Gen. Hooker will be explained on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the League for Historic Preservation’s Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E.


Are we too far gone?

If a stable global economy and world peace are the objectives, we are going to have to try a different approach. If the United Nations votes that world leaders attend anger management classes, would they be willing to go? Would they be more comfortable if we changed the name from anger management to Cool School?


Osama bin Laden won?

Apropos of the dust-up in Ferguson, Missouri, some interesting data was obtained by the New York Times via a Freedom of Information Act request and posted on HitHub.


Editorial: Water bond is just a step

There is no reliable evidence that Mark Twain ever said it, but the over-used cliché attributed to him has become ever more relevant since Twain graced California in the 1860s. “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting,” and, it should be added, The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is the perennial battleground.

Cal Focus

California Focus: Changes afoot in state schools

California’s high school drop-out rate has been cut substantially, from the disastrous 34 percent of several years ago to somewhere between one-fourth and one-fifth of entering high schoolers.


Dip for a sip

Hope floats, or so the saying goes. Wine corks float, as do empty beer kegs.


Save the Fryer Creek ducks

The explanation about the “real fix for Fryer Creek” (Index-Tribune Op-Ed, Aug. 8) by Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is a politically correct piece, obviously written without a site visit.


Please give us back our wedding photos

Our daughter was married Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Francis Solano Church. We celebrated afterward at The Lodge at Sonoma, on Broadway. Toward the end of the evening, the photographer’s camera was stolen – no photographs for us and no livelihood for our photographer.


Pool will not take five years to open

Editor, Index-Tribune: I read the article in Friday’s paper on the community pool (“City mulling pool loan,” Aug. 15), and was disappointed to see the last statement that, to paraphrase, “it is abundantly clear that the pool under the best circumstances is at least five years away, probably further.” I don’t know how you drew… Continue Reading >>


Editorial: Thank you, Robin

Because he was far more than simply a brilliantly funny man, because he was also a gifted actor, intelligent, compassionate, unpretentious and kind, the loss of Robin Williams has created an almost incomprehensible hole in our cultural universe.


Op-ed: Rotary challenge: Ending war and polio

Polio, once a global scourge, was on the verge of eradication in 2012. Since that time, it has reemerged as a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization.


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>