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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that “we are not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” It has warned us “fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus and is just as dangerous.” The dangers to us are about the casualty of truth and trust, disha…

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Today we consider some preexisting conditions besides the ones medical insurance companies are required to cover, at least until the Supreme Court convenes shortly after the election and decides whether or not this is constitutional.

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Have you ever awoken to a noisy sound on your street early in the morning and wondered what it was? If it was not your friendly solid waste truck collecting your garbage, it was probably your city’s street sweeper. Have you ever wondered why so many resources are spent to keep your streets c…

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Four years ago, I moved out of Healdsburg proper after living there for 10 years, to Brack Road off of West Dry Creek. The Walbridge Fire came within ¼ mile of where I am living and while I am fortunate to have escaped its ravages on many levels, I am humbled by the lessons it has already ta…

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We are all doing our own risk analysis to deal with the COVID scourge. It is becoming clear that while there are many unknowns, it is not rocket science. If you are smart and accept some basic principles, then risk goes way down. If you ignore the problem, it punishes you and others near you.

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While many Sonoma County residents feel wildland fire fatigue, we should embrace some hard facts about the underlying factors that have contributed to the situation. California, our county, the nature of the wildland-urban interface, climate change and human factors have led us to a critical…

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A story from Native American sources:  A boy was talking with his grandfather. “What do you think about the state of the world today?’’

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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A shelter-in-place public health order is a not always a safe option for those at risk of intimate partner violence. Social isolation is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control over their victims. Isolation is all but guaranteed during the COVID pandemic. Studies have also …

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A few days ago, when the Glass Fire was burning its way into eastern Santa Rosa and people were being evacuated in a hurry and homes were not only threatened but burned to the ground, I saw a little internet blip about a fire in Monte Rio. And that’s all I ever saw about it. I just assumed t…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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Labor Day came and went without much notice. Between the fires, the smoke, the heat, the pandemic, the politics, Labor Day was passed by. Having a three-day weekend isn’t special when you can’t leave home. As sad as it makes me feel, prior to the lockdown, having the three-day weekend was pr…

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A month after the Walbridge Fire destroyed our home at the end of Palmer Creek Road, I finally had a chance to hike beyond the rubble of our house to see what effect the fire had on the 55 acres of forest my husband and I had bought back in 1989, the forest where we'd lived ever since.

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The United States of America is a land of immigrants. In addition to those who we commonly perceive as an immigrant — someone who was born in another country — anyone whose ancestors came from Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa (if you go back far enough, that includes all …

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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September marks several dedicated efforts throughout California that signify the importance of clean water and promote cleanups of local waterways. Pollution Prevention Week (starting on the third Monday of September), Creek Week (starting the fourth week of September), and California’s Coas…

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The year 2020 got off to a pretty good start for the Sonoma County Library. We were halfway through a fiscal year, with the biggest budget ever. We were celebrating the success of a winter author series that drew 300-400 people a night to our libraries, our sales tax revenue was growing, our…

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On a recent Sunday I heard a sermon on the radio based on the story of the Canaanite woman who implored Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus is reported to have said to her, “I’m sent to the children of Israel. Is it right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs?”

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I feel sad and numb. It crept up on me. I’m the guy who says that everything is going to turn out alright, I’m the guy who comforts and listens, I’m the guy who points out problems, but still helps others see a speck of light in the gloom. In a pinch, I’m the guy you can rely on.

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It is uncanny how timely some Biblical incidents can be. Of course, in order to understand this, you actually have to read the Bible and not just use it as a prop for a photo op. But I digress. Getting back to the timeliness of the Bible, I turn to the Old Testament story of Gideon. He came …

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So late last week we got home from exile (it was called evacuation), and the first thing to do (alas) was connect the computer and check emails, none of which worked very well in the land of exile. And what comes up but a long post from a neighbor giving us a link to Bob’s Eyes, which seems …

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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I am a borderline recluse. Yet, even I am getting tired of staying at home. The pandemic continues. The political strife is depressing. Then a supersonic heat wave causes horrific lightning strikes sparking fires, threatening all of us, once again. Enough already.

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Summer months usually bring us outdoors: gathering with friends, barbecues, Fourth of July fireworks, swimming, hiking, boating, concerts in the park and summer camps. Really, an endless list of summer activities to enjoy in the sunshine and warmer weather. This year is different as we navig…

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Foggy Mountain Tales is a column run in Sonoma West's sister publication, the Cloverdale Reveille. Columnist Pamela Tinnin is also a pastor at Guerneville Community Church.

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As my students evacuate their homes and ashes cover my patio, I’m searching for technological answers to distance teaching and the right words to console scared kids, some of whom I have not even met yet. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed and deeply discouraged despite creative, agile, hard-…

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As the world tries to find a vaccine to fight the COVID-19 virus, I like to look back at the development of a very important vaccine almost 70 years ago. It is hard to believe, but in the 1950s, a deadly virus in the United States scared families, changed behaviors and led to some panicky be…

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I sit quietly and meditate every morning. I take long, quiet walks. I close my eyes and think of some of my favorite fishing locations. I think of our grandsons and all the joy they bring to my life. I do all this and more, but no matter what I do or think, I find that I remain very anxious.…

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It was 400 years ago this week that the Pilgrims wore out their welcome in tolerant Leyden, Holland and started their journey to what was supposed to be Virginia, with stops in Southampton and Plymouth to pick up more Pilgrims and “Strangers” to help pay the expenses. It was far from a safe …

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So, what happened is that one afternoon I began to feel warm.  Well, it was a warm day, so that seemed all right.  But after it had cooled off outside, I began to feel hot. That didn’t seem right.  So, I took my temperature.  100.6, but it felt hotter.

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While most people are at staying close to home due to shelter -in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sanitation workers are still out in the field providing essential services such as garbage, recycling and organics pick-up. All curbside collection services in Sonoma County c…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.org, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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I am grateful the governor has pushed back in-school openings. And, I am grateful schools are examining alternative forms of learning. But, in the many plans and proposals I have read about how to return children to the classroom, I have yet to see any mention of increasing teacher or school…

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Summer is here, a time of harvest and abundance, and Sonoma County truly shines during this season. Go to any open-air farmers market, and beautiful fruits and vegetables abound, in all their color, freshness and glory. 

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EDITOR: During his campaign four years ago, Trump claimed that he could shoot someone in Times Square and still get elected.  Today Trump is killing thousands of people, not by shooting a gun, but by shooting off his mouth.

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Wow! It’s finally baseball season. I was so pleased to turn to the Giants-Dodgers game last Thursday night. It capped the first day of Major League Baseball since the 2019 World Series in which the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros in seven games. So the first game this year was i…

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One day, when I lived in Poland in the early 90s, I was detained by a police officer who pulled me over in the Tatra Mountains for some minor traffic violation. In getting my driver’s license and registration, he decided I needed to be breath tested at the police station. Puzzled, I went alo…

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As I watched the TV coverage last Sunday morning, when Congressman John Lewis’ flag-draped casket was carried on a horse-drawn wagon across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, potent memories came flooding back to me. In early March 1965, Lewis had been beaten by police and sustained…

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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Summer is upon us. If you’ve kept a garden or maintained a landscape here in Sonoma County, you know just how thirsty plants can get in the dry season. Luckily, many of the guiding principles for having a water-wise garden in our climate have the co-benefit of being fire-smart. Many folks ar…

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Maybe it was irresponsible. But I was recently within earshot of the following comments at an outdoor event at which I was the only one wearing a mask an hour after reading in the morning paper that COVID-19 cases were spiking in several states, including California, and several counties, in…

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