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Top Sonoma Patch Stories in 2011

In case you missed them, here are some of our most-read stories in 2011. What were the most memorable stories for you last year? What do you want to read about in 2012? Let us know in the comments.

 

Below are some of the stories from 2011 that drew the most interest. Keep an eye out for our , where we'll highlight the most interesting stories and photo galleries throughout the year. Click the green, ' button to get new articles in your in-box.

 

Dee Baucher January 04, 2012 at 09:51 PM
For the most part, readers in this geographic area are educated and intelligent. The incessant need for reporters to "spin" significant subjects and stories into "happily ever after" scenarios is insulting and silly. Perhaps this is a characteristic of modern media, in general, and sadly also emblematic of "dumbed-down" journalism. The public deserves better, and is capable of understanding subjects with their full complexity and nuances, and without the "spin" of presenting only nice and uncontroversial aspects of specific stories. I believe that the volume and tone of comments associated with some specific stories in this publication gives credence to this reality.
Alexis Fitts January 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Dee, I don't believe that the stories on Patch present the bias of only presenting certain aspects of stories. But, if you have issues that you'd like to see fuller, or more coverage of, I'd like to hear your suggestions. We also always welcome you as a blogger to the site - if you have something to contribute about community issues, we'd love to hear it.
Irene Morgan January 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I think that Sonoma Patch has done a good job of presenting both sides of the story. But I do confess that I particularly liked the result that your article on the commute club had. Patch wrote that the commute club was going to end for financial reasons. Jennifer and Gary Buffo read the article and stepped in to save the commute club. So the happy ending was caused by the generosity of readers of Sonoma Patch. Congrats to Sonoma Patch for this and other things in the past year.
Ralph Hutchinson January 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Alexis and The Patch (and other Northbay Patch publications as well) have done a pretty good job tackling some stories other publications wouldn't touch for fear of covering a Politically sensitive story. The Patch is not as influenced by local cliques, nor by local advertisers and Town Fat Cats as some others, since their funding comes from other publicly traded Parent Company's, not just local Chamber members. That said, sometimes it seems a little "cuddly puppy dog-like" with the headlines, and though she invites some to blog articles the reality is they don't seem to see the LIGHT (mine is still pending since last summer without comment or feedback as to why). But all in all, I'm glad The Patch is in Sonoma Valley. Thanks Alexis.
Alexis Fitts January 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Thanks for the words of encouragement, Ralph. I'll take the headline issue under advisement, for sure.
Dee Baucher January 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Alexis: Since you asked for suggestions.... might I suggest the impending new hospital bond that is currently being (quietly) shoved down the throats of our taxpayers? Once again, we are being threatened with "death".... being told we will loose a "mandatory"local emergency room unless we pay to further support the local hospital. Once again, the public is being kept in the dark regarding the real financial situation of our hospital, and the real reasons that we continually find ourselves being asked to support this entity.... while the gross expenditures of money are kept hidden. We are not informed about salaries of executives, the "golden parachutes" and perks, and extensive "recruiting" budgets that are continually being utilized to attract increased business..... and yet rarely translate into a sustainable increase in revenue or enhanced patient care. In the past, the county's Grand Jury inquiries had asked our hospital to obtain regular "outside"/ objective accounting. The public has asked for a transparent accounting of this public entity for decades..... and yet this never seems to materialize. Before asking for yet another handout from the public.... the hospital needs to cooperate with public financial scrutiny.... and our local media should help to articulate this necessity. Unfortunately, the main local paper in this community has a financial stake in continuing the "status quo"regarding the hospital, and will never expose this sensitive subject.

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