Opinion

Revolting masses

06/30/2016
The ignored and desperate are lining up behind the loudest voices calling for change, no matter what that might mean. They yearn for promises of greatness and for scapegoats. They cheer Trump, Farage, Duterte, Le Pen, nationalist ‘Defense Leagues’. They are galvanized by the fear instilled by a callous, corrupt,...

We must preserve housing in West Marin

06/23/2016
Affordable housing units in West Marin are disappearing at an alarming rate. This month, we learned that almost 30 residences will soon be lost. The National Park Service is demolishing 10 houses opposite Marshall in Duck Cove, while four families—including 23 members of the community—will lose their homes at the...

Blaming the seashore for local problems is misguided

06/23/2016
Recent reports in the Light feature comments from locals who blame the Point Reyes National Seashore for a visitor influx that has created congestion and a lack of affordable housing. Yet an analysis of publicly available data shows that since 1986, seashore visitation has been virtually flat. There has indeed...

Wanted: Equitable education at Bolinas-Stinson School

06/16/2016
All children are equally capable of learning, shaping and expressing themselves, abilities that ultimately determine whether they are free to lead the kind of lives they want to live. Yet a disproportionate number of minorities and economically disadvantaged students in Marin County schools receive an inferior education compared to their...

Leaving West Marin: Life in the Catskills

06/15/2016
In September 2013, my wife, Suzanne, and I received an email that changed our lives. It was our 12th anniversary and we were doing last-minute packing for an upcoming trip to New Zealand. The note was from our landlords; our first thought was that they were ready to renew the...

Immigrants and Latino students

06/09/2016
Alma smiles timidly as she invents an excuse for the teachers, administrators and specialists of her school, saying her mother will be busy with her little brother and cannot come to the scheduled meeting about her academic achievement. The assistant director explains to her that it is important that her...

A moral eater’s manifesto

06/09/2016
Humans will eat anything that won’t kill them, and some things that will. You can grow a plant quicker and cheaper than an animal. Less energy is used in the production of vegetables, fruits and nuts. It is easier for your body to transform plants’ and trees’ nutritional properties into...

Inmigrantes y estudiantes latinos

06/02/2016
Alma sonríe con timidez mientras inventa una excusa a maestros, administradores y especialistas de su escuela, diciendo que seguramente su madre está ocupada con su hermanito y no pudo ir a la reunión convocada sobre el aprovechamiento escolar de su hija. El director asistente le explica que es importante que...

Hypocrisy

06/02/2016
Politicians are charged with acting on our behalf, to make laws to protect us and serve our needs. They are also generally expected to lie routinely. When did our society become so tolerant of hypocrisy? We’re probably all guilty of petty hypocrisies—false contrition when chastised, simulated sympathy for someone’s loss,...

Your guide to the June 7 ballot

05/26/2016
It’s a pleasure again this year to share my views on the candidates and issues on the June primary ballot. Let’s start right at the top of the ballot, at least as far as West Marin is concerned: District Four Supervisor. At the candidates’ forum held a few weeks back...

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