Opinion

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….

 

SOURED ON GRAPES, locals speak out on impacts

With 31,000 trees being scheduled for clear cutting in Napa alone, locals ask when does the insanity and greed stop? http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/letters-to-the-editor-june-14-2016/Content?oid=2966561 Soured on Grapes Great article (“Of Water and Wine,” June 15). Thank you for writing it and for publishing…

 

Big Wine & Binge Tourism Cost You:

Big Wine & Binge Tourism Cost You:   Groundwater depletion Drinking water quality polluted with chemical runoff Lack of diversity & monoculture-ask the Irish Deforestation for the land rush-say NO to coastal pinot Wildlife corridors fenced off, habitat diminished for…

 

Wine, taxes and tourists

May 28th, 2016 Press Democrat Opinion: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5532822-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor Wine, taxes and tourists EDITOR: Reading the article about Rep. Mike Thompson introducing a bill to lower taxes on the wine industry was absolutely disgusting (“Big breaks bubbling up,” Tuesday). The wine industry…

 

PD Letter to the Editor nails lax enforcement by county

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5131577-181/saturdays-letters-to-the-editor Lax enforcement EDITOR: The majority of the Board of Supervisors abandoning a meaningful vacation rental policy exposes a countywide failure: increasing land-use conflicts plus the total absence of code enforcement (“Blanket ban on vacation rentals rejected,” Jan. 27). The…

 

“Why Be A Food Farmer” by Shepherd Bliss

Got food security? Sonoma County brings in 96% of all food products in this agriculturally rich county. According to the Sonoma County 2014 Crop Report, published by our Agricultural Commissioner, Tony Linegar, we had a mere 539 acres in vegetables…