Opinion

Earth to Supervisors, locals speak out

Septic system rules EDITOR: Our local politicians have again avoided their responsibilities on the issue of Russian River water quality by delaying regulation of septic systems within 600 feet of our waterways (“Delay sought for septic system rules,” May 23)….

 

Vacation Rentals

Earth to Sonoma County Supervisors: we have a negative vacancy rate, people living in trailers waiting for housing, and you are touting 30,000 new homes to be built while allowing vacation rentals to take even more chances for housing from our…

 

Measure C Napa County

Measure C Napa County EDITOR: Napa County’s water future will be decided on June 5. A yes vote on Measure C, the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative, would protect that future. Measure C is a well-written initiative, based…

 

Our Federal Science Agencies Are in Mortal Danger

Our Federal Science Agencies Are in Mortal Danger Whether by strategy or ineptitude or both, the Trump administration is starving them of the expertise they need to fulfill their essential functions  Andrew A. Rosenberg, Kathleen Rest Our national political landscape…

 

California needs smart solutions to dead trees

California needs smart solutions to dead trees by Daniel Barad Sacramento Bee OPINION January 17, 2018 Last month the U.S. Forest Service released astonishing estimates that the number of trees killed by drought and pine beetles in California has risen…

 

For a living wage

It has been well documented that low wage industries are subsidized by our government which costs taxpayers and takes away services and quality of life to help the poverty wage workers. In wine country, low wages have many families working…

 

Commentary: We are in this together

Commentary: We are in this together http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/opinion/editorials/commentary-we-are-in-this-together/article_67a7e152-f637-11e7-9c0e-c71a0bd63da9.html by Reuben Weinzveg The week after the fires, when the full catastrophe was evident, I remarked to friends that this event was a game changer and that for our remaining lives, we would…

 

Slow Down After the fires, the wine industry needs to change

https://www.bohemian.com/northbay/slow-down/Content?oid=4549980 Slow Down After the fires, the wine industry needs to change by Pamela Singer Since the October fires, I have read periodicals and listened to the news regarding accounts of the catastrophic fires and the tragic aftermath, but nowhere…

 

In California, the whole state is Wine Country

“California has privileged wine to a degree that might embarrass your local aristocrat. Our state is famous for its high taxes, but makes an exception for wine. Our taxes on alcohol, a legacy of a powerful 20th-century liquor lobby, are…