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Trust hospital board on CEO pay

I have read all the comments in the Index-Tribune regarding the controversial bonus paid to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s incumbent CEO, Kelly Mather.


Zinni appearance a special night

Kudos to Kathy Witkowicki and the Mentoring Alliance for a terrific speaker forum and bringing General Tony Zinni to Sonoma. I hope there are many more speakers to come.


Supply and demand – pay workers enough to live here

In response to Robert Tenenbaum’s Sept. 19 letter on the minimum wage (“Minimum wage is just wrong”), I am curious, Mr. Tenenbaum, how you expect small businesses to even have employees if the employees do not make enough to live here and thus work here?


Wage is regulated by supply and demand

In response to Celeste Winders’ posting, Celeste, very simply put, if a business doesn’t pay enough, they won’t attract workers and won’t be able to stay in business. The wage of an employee is job market-regulated by supply and demand.


Abusing pot is uncool

Marijuana abuse and its side effects are not cool. Any substance that, when taken into the living organism, modifies one or more of its functions, is a drug.


Editorial: Cars vs. bikes is about proximity

Last week the three-feet law – officially known as the Three Feet for Safety Act – went into affect all over California, requiring motorists to keep that margin of safe distance between their vehicles and the bicycles they pass on the road.

Cal Focus

Californai Focus: Bleak future for GOP in state?

It was law-breaking, both proven and alleged, that ended the Democrats’ supermajority in the state Senate. Republican efforts had nothing to do with it. Until state Sens. Roderick Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco encountered serious legal problems, Democrats had more than two-thirds of the seats in both houses of the Legislature for almost the first time ever.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: The Pig War and an orca fix

Pig War. Never heard of it? That’s because it was headed off by a shrewd British admiral who said, “I’m not engaging my country in war over a damn pig!” Or something like that.

Remember when: Buena Vista suitable property for hospital

Possibilities of acquiring the State Home colony building in Buena Vista as a Sonoma Valley community hospital, now that this suitable property is to be sold by the state, was the highlight feature of the regular meeting of the board of directors of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, held Wednesday night. It was announced last week in the press that the state will shortly dispose of this section of the State Home institution.


Difficult opt-out to keep PG&E

The Sonoma Clean Power energy opt-out program is a farce. At a meeting in Sonoma last year, the executive director for the program informed us all that each resident would receive a letter to opt out.


The taiko war-drummers

RIP to the 2,976 Americans killed on 9/11, the 6,833 others killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on missions to avenge them; and to the 1,739,547 people of those countries who’ve paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit. Care, too, for millions more in the Mideast for whom our 9/11 has become their 24/7.


Editorial: Groundwater regulation – at last

Without a shot being fired or a writ being filed, California has gone through an overnight revolution that could – or at least should – rewrite the regulation of what is, in times of drought, the single greatest source of water in the state.

MANY OF SONOMA’S most prominent citizens participated in the historic pageants of the Vintage Festivals of the 1940s and ’50s. The girls on the left are Claudia Clerici and Mary Ann Sebastiani (Cuneo). In the center are the late James McTaggart (father of Ken McTaggart) and Shirley Gardner Churchill. The boys on the right are Robert and Freddie Eberhardt. Robert Lynch Collection file photo

Musings of a Sonoma son: Vintage Festival is old Sonoma

Before television and before our community calendar was filled with weekend-after-weekend of fundraising events, auctions and community parties, there was the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. As celebrations go, it is Sonoma’s oldest by far.

Remember when: Mervyn Hotel holds barbecue and picnic

A grand free barbecue and picnic will be given at the Mervyn Hotel grounds at Glen Ellen on Sunday, Sept. 27, for the benefit of St. Francis church, of Sonoma. The public is invited and the church organizations of the county have been urged to cooperate to make the affair a success.


Bonus for hospital CEO unfair to staff

I agree with the Sept. 16 letter from Alice Friesen, “Many angry over hospital CEO pay raise,” but feel it didn’t go far enough to address the frustration felt throughout the hospital.


Minimum wage just plain wrong

I oppose any city ordinance to impose an increase in the minimum wage on businesses in Sonoma, because it is just plain wrong.


A very special thank you

This is a very special thank you to the person who picked up a little bag from the Safeway pharmacy in their parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 11, and returned it to the customer service desk. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Celebrating Mexican independence as one community

Last Sunday, Sonoma celebrated and enjoyed a free and peaceful afternoon of fun, music, food and friendship in the Plaza. I saw children dressed up and performing folkloric dance. I marveled at the Charros de Sonoma, with their artistic horsemanship. I heard mariachi music, banda, and everyone raising voices for freedom. Most important, I saw people from all ethnicities and walks of life come together in the Plaza as one community.


Pool closing date moved, no change in timeline

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your article this past Tuesday on Sonoma Splash and the community pool. It’s great to share with the community the exciting news that we are so near to closing on the Paul’s Resort property as the future site of the long-awaited community pool facility. An important update to the timeline,… Continue Reading >>


An economy based on catering wars?

Editor, Index-Tribune: It’s raining metal in the Middle East and the forecast calls for pain. The creation of the euro allowed Germany to take over Europe with a pen. Countries that do not have their own currency have no sovereignty. The Ukraine should have its own currency. The question is, which bully is going to… Continue Reading >>