Opinion

The Light endorses Dominic Grossi for supervisor

10/20/2016
The Point Reyes Light endorses Dominic Grossi for District 4 supervisor. Fair-minded, frank and capable of compromise, Dominic is our best chance for a diverse and dynamic West Marin that will be resilient in the face of changes. Dominic set himself apart from his opponent, Dennis Rodoni, with whom he...

It’s alright, Ma (it’s only an election)

10/13/2016
Many people are finding this election unbearable and its rituals unwatchable, but I find it compelling. Something is truly happening here, Mr. and Ms. Jones. The personalities of the presidential candidates have been analyzed to death, but the underlying forces that have thrust them into the limelight are ignored. While...

Fog’s Kitchen: Visibly on course

10/06/2016
We decided at the last minute to have dinner at Fog’s, the very new restaurant at the Tomales Bay Resort, on a recent Friday night. Even though the restaurant wasn’t officially open, we were welcomed—and we were glad of it. This particular location, with its beautiful bay views, has had...

Veggies and egrets, stand together

10/06/2016
In the summer of 2004 I met a man and woman who had just come back from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. They were making a documentary that sought to show the beauty of the place at a time when it was proposed that the oil and gas...

Mexico: A President in distress

09/29/2016
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, goes from crisis to crisis. After a promising start in 2012, his popularity plummeted and is now less than 20 percent. His one and only achievement was to bring together leaders and congress members of the principal parties to launch and approve important...

Protecting coastal village character

09/22/2016
Recently I read “Down a Narrow Road” by anthropologist Jay Dautcher. In the book, Dautcher talks about how governments gain influence over communities in order to serve their own interests, especially in communities where there are strong personal and community identities and where residents are connected to the land. He...

México: un Presidente en apuros

09/15/2016
El presidente mexicano Enrique Peña Nieto va de crisis en crisis. Tras prometedor inicio en 2012, su enorme popularidad se diluyó y ahora es menor al 20 por ciento. Su gran y único logro fue aglutinar a líderes y congresistas de los principales partidos para lanzar y aprobar importantes reformas...

Our bloated military

09/08/2016
In an era of increasing austerity, the one untouchable federal budget expense, besides congressional salaries and benefits, is the United States military budget. Given the homogenization of the two major political parties, it doesn’t matter who holds the purse strings. Discretionary-spending increases for the military are sacrosanct. Elected representatives who...

East shore open space is not yet safe

09/01/2016
West Marin has spectacular scenery and nearly complete growth controls due to three major decisions in the ’60s and ’70s. The county decided to not build two freeways to the coast and along it; the county downzoned most agricultural lands to 60-acre parcel minimums; and Congress created the Point Reyes...

Bolinas-Stinson School starts this week

08/18/2016
I remember the start of school when I was a kid. The feeling was about 50 percent excitement and 50 percent dread. Back then, in the log cabin days, the school had two tasks, neither of which is particularly relevant anymore. First, teachers were supposed to pass on knowledge, to...

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