Opinion

The romantic wilderness

09/25/2014
The current and most widely accepted American definition of wilderness comes from the Wilderness Act of 1964: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...

The problem of translation

09/25/2014
It is believed that just by translating into Spanish everything said and written in English, Latino immigrants will be able to understand everything and engage in public life as English speakers do. At recent board meetings at Shoreline Unified School District, the absence of adequate Spanish interpretation prevented Latino parents...

A migrant child

09/18/2014
By 11, Juan Carlos had had a few good experiences. He had lived with his grandmother in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, since he could remember, because his mother had left to El Norte to make money to help the family. She called every once in a while, but that happened...

Uno niño migrante

09/11/2014
A los 11 años, Juan Carlos había tenido pocas buenas experiencias. Vivía con su abuela en San Pedro Sula, Honduras, desde que tenía memoria, pues su madre había ido al norte a ganar el dinero con que ayudaba a la familia. De vez en cuando llamaba por teléfono, pero eso...

The tortured semantics of wilderness

09/04/2014
Every January I choose a word like “paradigm,” “irony,” “liberal” or “sustainability” that has attained such a vague and ambiguous definition that it has become virtually meaningless, and I suspend it from my own written and spoken vocabulary for a full year, hoping that over the months ahead linguists and...

Structural reforms approved in Mexico

08/21/2014
On August 11, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto approved the final versions of energy reform legislation, concluding a series of 11 economic, political and social structural reforms proposed by his government, an achievement unprecedented in the nation’s history. Peña Nieto first proposed these reforms in December 2012, at the start...

Our choice: A living seashore or a silent landscape

08/07/2014
Friday’s closing ceremony for Drakes Bay Oyster Company felt like a wake for someone still living. Or had that person died? None of the people gathered on the shores of the estuary seemed to know, and Drakes Estero herself was silent, if you hoped for an answer there. The succession...

The exaltation of violence

07/31/2014
Like no other living thing, human beings have the capacity to think, reason and intellectualize, develop highly civilized and educated societies, recreate and shape the world around them and create wondrous works. We can be friendly and cordial and establish civil rules, which are orderly and respectful of the collective...

In eliminating Waldorf, school board shot Lagunitas in the foot

07/31/2014
Imagine running a business in which your financial officer informs you that you’re suffering net losses of a quarter of a million dollars per year. As a follow-up, though, he offers two alternative plans for responding to this dire situation. Plan A would increase the number of customers by 10...

Park management flip-flopped on Lunny operation

07/24/2014
In the July 17 Point Reyes Light, Gordon Bennett counters the letter to the community from the Lunny family (July 10). Bennett’s op-ed is full of half-truths and innuendo, and is disingenuous. While the Lunnys were told fairly early on by park superintendent Don Neubacher that the park service did...

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