Opinion

Shoreline crisis has a silver lining

05/08/2014
The Shoreline Unified School District community deserves thanks for providing input in the continuing discussion about who will lead our district as superintendent next year. Last week’s special meeting was the most open and productive I’ve attended over the last four years and I want to thank President Jane Healy...

Some concrete solutions for West Marin’s want of workforce housing

05/01/2014
Spend a minute thinking of all of the people under age 50 that you value in West Marin. Now imagine 75 percent of them have moved away. Without real affordable housing solutions, that reality won’t happen so suddenly, but it’s nevertheless a real possibility over time. There has been ample...

La ceremonia de los cuatro papas

05/01/2014
En un hecho sin precedente en la historia moderna de la Iglesia católica y el Vaticano, el pasado 27 de abril fueron proclamados santos dos ex papas, Juan XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, italiano), y Juan Pablo II (Karol Wojtyla, polaco), en una gran ceremonia presidida por el actual pontífice, Francisco...

Illegal people... or actions?

04/24/2014
In a civilized country such as ours, with a long democratic tradition of obeying many laws or paying the consequences, the word “illegal” can arouse strong reactions, especially when assigned to a person or group. For practical reasons, however, much that violates the law is overlooked, although when violators are...

¿Son ilegales las personas... o las acciones?

04/17/2014
En un país civilizado como éste, con larga tradición democrática y leyes diversas que deben respetarse, so riesgo de pagar las consecuencias, la palabra “ilegal” puede concitar reacciones airadas, más cuando se asigna a una persona o grupo. Pero cuando por razones prácticas algo queda fuera de la ley y...

T.V., radio, entertainment, bread and circuses

04/10/2014
After work, food and rest, the human race needs distraction and leisure for a more complete and balanced life. From ancient times to the present, civilizations have always found fun and recreation in a variety of forms, many of which would be inappropriate or illegal today. In modern life there...

Technology, wealth, inequality and housing

03/27/2014
In San Rafael there are homeless people pushing shopping carts while using headsets and electronic devices, Latino kids texting and watching videos while their fathers wait for work on the corner, themselves distracted by cell phones. In India there are people who have no electricity but communicate by cell phone;...

Tecnología, riqueza, desigualdad y vivienda

03/20/2014
En San Rafael, hay indigentes empujando carritos de supermercado, usando audífonos y aparatos electrónicos, o chicos latinos “texteando” incansablemente o viendo videos, mientras sus padres esperan trabajo en una esquina distrayéndose con sus teléfonos móviles. Hay personas en la India sin electricidad, comunicándose por celular; niños desnutridos en Bolivia o...

The culture in words II

03/13/2014
It is difficult for even an advanced student of language to understand that although language is a universal human expression, individual ones can vary a great deal, depending on the culture of the group or person that speaks it. It is a mistake to believe that all the words, expressions...

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