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Stories from Pete Golis

Poor Ted Cruz. The Texas senator built a political career telling Americans that government can’t be trusted. He even voted against federal disaster relief for New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
While some council members welcomed the prospect of district elections and some did not, everyone seemed to know, in the words of Mayor Chris Coursey, that 'we have a losing case here.'
It turns out Americans have a history of welcoming immigrants to do the hard work of their town and then later making them feel unwelcome.
For the presidency of Donald Trump, each week seems to bring a new series of big and small calamities — with most of the damage being self-inflicted.
Democrats have spent the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency in a dither, in turns angry and depressed. Of late, however, there are signs that rank-and-file Democrats at least want to move on. The question I hear every day from my Democratic friends is this: What the hell is wrong with the Democratic Party? These Democrats want to know why their side can’t produce new ideas and a new generation of leaders.
If you slept through the past decade, you were amazed by the page-one news last week. In Sonoma County, medical marijuana purveyors lined up to secure new business permits. County government now has its very own 'cannabis program manager.' So much for demon weed and reefer madness.
Londoners, no strangers to random terrorists attacks, seem determined not to surrender their way of life.
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.