Opinion

District is ready for Measure B

10/30/2014
Bolinas and Stinson Beach voters have an unprecedented opportunity to transform the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District into a first-rate 21st century learning environment by voting yes on Measure B, a general obligation bond targeted to address facility needs at the district’s two campuses—Stinson Beach, which houses kindergarten through grade two,...

Street food elevates Point Reyes culture

10/09/2014
An obvious measure of a society’s sophistication is the quality and availability of its street food. Many people will remember their delight during their first trip to Paris, when they discovered ubiquitous open-air stands selling crepes. The decline of culture in that great city can be measured by the shrinking...

Problemas de traducción

10/02/2014
Se cree que basta con que lo dicho o escrito en inglés se pase al español, para que los inmigrantes latinos entiendan todo y participen en la vida pública al igual que los anglohablantes. En recientes reuniones de la directiva del distrito escolar Shoreline, la falta de adecuada interpretación impidió...

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...

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