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Stories from Pete Golis

A new profile of life in the Sonoma Valley reminds us that not everyone is enjoying the current prosperity.
Your generation has grown up with new technology, a worldwide economy and a more diverse population of Americans. Which means you have the opportunity to make change work for you.
Some time last winter, a new public conversation about homelessness in Santa Rosa became inevitable. As encampments sprang up under freeway overpasses and elsewhere, the anxiety and frustration felt in nearby neighborhoods could not be ignored.
The sign on the small bridge approaching Parkfield reads: “Now entering North American Plate.” And the sign approaching the same bridge from the opposite direction reads: “Now Entering Pacific Plate.”
You may have been surprised — but you shouldn’t have been — by the news last week that almost half of the Bay Area’s young people are thinking about leaving because it costs so much to live here.
Democrats in places like California like to pretend that only conservatives revert to fake news to advance their points of view. But this, too, is an alternative fact.
People like living in Sonoma County. If you doubt it, check out a new national survey that assesses what makes people feel good about the places they live.
If you’re like me, you have conservative friends who complain about the politics and the eccentricities of California. If only it could be more like Texas or Kansas … they say. What you also will notice about these friends is that they show no signs of picking up and moving to Texas or Kansas.
I always learn valuable lessons from the high school seniors nominated by their respective schools in this newspaper’s annual Youth Service Awards program.
If we’re cautioned not to discuss religion or politics in polite company during normal times, what do we do in the age of President Trump?