Stories from Pete Golis
Golis: Why do we love our animals?
It’s awkward to write about the death of a dog. People lose their pets every day without making a public show of their sadness.
Golis: How mistrust breeds more mistrust
As the defeat of Measure A reminds us, we live at a time in which you can’t go wrong playing to people’s distrust of political institutions. People will continue to flail away at our politicians. Often enough, they deserve it.
Golis: Shutting the door on deserving students
After World War II, a world-class system of public colleges was the engine that drove prosperity in California. The unspoken agreement was that every generation would help the next find success. Now that promise to pay it forward looks to be in jeopardy.
Golis: Tearing down barriers to success
If you confine your world to Roseland and southwest Santa Rosa, you think people are younger and more likely to be Latino. If you live in one of the east side enclaves, you think folks are older and predominately Anglo. And there is where the risk of misunderstanding begins.
Golis: Is Humpty Dumpty on the mend?
Checking out the Santa Rosa City Council meeting last week, I thought I’d wandered on to the wrong website. There were no grim faces, no shouting matches. There wasn’t a censure vote aimed at another council member.
Golis: Creating a climate for change
There is a drought on. You may have heard. We, Californians, find ourselves on an uncharted (and arid) landscape, where the economic losses will be measured in the billions of dollars and the environmental damages may be incalculable.
Golis: Can we change how we think about housing?
As Sonoma County communities scramble to increase the stock of affordable housing, community leaders will be obliged to confront hard questions: Who needs housing, and what kind of housing do they need? Where will it go, and what will it look like?
Golis: Ho-hum, a new warning about earthquakes
It qualifies as the most cataclysmic event in the history of Sonoma County. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the earth moved, and downtown Santa Rosa was reduced to a pile of bricks.
Golis: Celebrating stories of who we are
A little more than a century ago, my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. The family history lists a ship that left Germany bound for New York on Oct. 11, 1911.