Opinion

Mexico: Forever unstable?

08/27/2015
In the eyes of its governments, Mexican history has been one of progress and prosperity. However, ever since I can remember it has actually been in a sort of circular movement: appearing to move forward, but then regressing, in constant and puzzling swings. Unwanted realities, seemingly overcome by something new...

Fukushima contamination, in the ocean and biosphere

08/20/2015
Over four years after the disaster at the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the debacle continues to unfold. Ground water has been seeping into three of the six reactors—units 1, 2 and 3—coming into contact with the melted cores and becoming contaminated. Three to four hundred metric tons of...

Let’s Talk: the first call-in radio forum for West Marin

08/20/2015
When Donna Sheehan first had the idea of starting a radio station in West Marin, she envisioned a creative forum for all viewpoints, a place where everyone could have their say and air their talents. What arose from that early vision, thanks to the tireless efforts of many people, was...

The shifting meanings of wilderness

08/13/2015
Richard Vacha’s column on wilderness in last week’s issue eloquently articulated why wild places are important, but his essay did not distinguish between what a given person might experience as wilderness—which is deeply personal, and varies tremendously between individuals—and the legal status of wilderness at the core of the disagreement...

México, ¿siempre inestable?

08/13/2015
La historia mexicana de que el país avanza y prospera, pregonada siempre por sus gobernantes, ha sido --desde que recuerdo-- como un movimiento circular que parece ir hacia adelante, pero siempre retrocede, en un vaivén constante y engañoso. Realidades indeseadas aparentemente superadas por algo nuevo y mejorado, reaparecen como fantasmas...

Physician-assisted dying: Honest choices

08/06/2015
Physician-assisted dying—not “suicide”—is a complex and emotional issue. Below is a perspective I wrote with a leading physician with much direct experience, who quit one of his professional medical associations over its lack of integrity on the topic...

In Defense of Kale

08/06/2015
On July 11 at the Point Reyes Farmers Market, I had the delightful opportunity to demonstrate how to make a delicious kale-basil pesto, and the recipe appeared in last week’s Point Reyes Light. We learned about the amazing health benefits of kale and brainstormed how to eat more of these...

Community support through alchemy 

08/06/2015
As a not-very-active member of the Richard Kirschman/Doris Ober fan club, I’m writing to thank these two innovative alchemists for embarking on yet another experiment to try to help our—I won’t say “struggling,” but perhaps “occasionally challenged”) community. I met Richard and Doris shortly after I moved to Point Reyes...

End trustee perks

07/30/2015
The Shoreline Unified School District’s board meeting on July 16 was a disappointment. For over a year the subject of ending school trustee health care benefits has been discussed at meetings, sometimes as agenda items and sometimes through public comment. I attend these meetings regularly, more so than some school...

Geoengineering: The real concerns

07/30/2015
A number of people are concerned about geo-engineering and contrails. Their concerns are misplaced. Cloud seeding, for purposes of rainmaking, has been going on for generations, especially when there are droughts. There has been no noticeable effect, either bad or good. If the contrails are for cloud seeding, nobody should...

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