Opinion

Commercialism Prevails in Knights Valley

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/7372900-181/mondays-letters-to-the-editor Commercialism prevails   EDITOR: In the aftermath of the denial of the Knights Bridge Winery appeal, Sonoma County must already deal with this applicant’s trail of carelessness (“Supervisors back Knights Valley winery,” Aug. 23). The Knights Valley hillside is…

 

Insult to injury by Craig Enyart on Sonoma County Supervisors decision to accept “paper water” for Knights Bridge Winery

http://www.sonomawest.com/the_healdsburg_tribune/opinion/letters/healdsburg-letters-to-the-editor/article_e27ecb00-8857-11e7-a521-13009230614e.html Insult to injury EDITOR: Regarding the Knights Bridge Winery project, Sonoma County has failed to look at the whole project, and in doing so has ignored the cumulative impacts, including negative effects to neighbor’s wells. Instead the developer’s fake…

 

Binge Tourism

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6935735-181/close-to-home-the-time?artslide=0 Close to Home: The time has come to create ‘sustainable tourism’ standards JANIS WATKINS JANIS WATKINS IS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CONSERVATION ACTION. | April 30, 2017, 12:07AM | Updated 1 hour ago. Sonoma County’s…

 

Wild Diamond Vineyards and Hidden Valley Lake impacts

http://www.record-bee.com/opinion/20170406/letters-to-the-editor-april-7 Wild Diamond and HVL This is in response to Mr. Ron Rose’s rebuttal to my editorial commentary regarding the negative impacts of the Wild Diamond Vineyard which I asserted previously. Yes, Mr. Rose I do not live in Hidden…

 

Got Asthma?

This just in from Napa Vision 2050: “Last week we shot these photos of vineyard burning, a threat to health in our Napa Valley. Just look at the particles flowing up-valley from this burn going to the California Veteran’s Home….

 

UPDATE: TAX ON WINE GRAPES AS WELL AS ON CANNABIS?

MARCH 26, 2017 UPDATE: The reaction of residents to the idea of taxing the wine industry for grapes in the same way cannabis growers are being taxed on marijuana crops is growing, as evidenced by another letter in yesterday’s Santa…

 

Year of the Tourist?

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6667626-181/saturdays-letters-to-the-editor Year of the Tourists? EDITOR: So the Board of Supervisors has declared 2017 the “Year of the Senior” (“A friendlier place to age,” Tuesday). I am well into my dotage, but I would prefer a “Year of the Residents”…

 

Year of the Tourist?

Supervisors do you hear the populace yet? Almost daily citizens are complaining about poor land use decisions made by the Supervisor’s allowing our neighborhoods to become collateral damage to big wine and binge tourism. People are complaining about lack of…

 

Choked Valley by Donald Williams

Napa County (population 142,000) is a rural relief valve for the Bay Area’s 7.5 million urban residents, but its burgeoning wine and tourist industry is overwhelming the area’s limited natural resources. Residents increasingly object to the county’s seemingly endless commercialization….