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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.


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.