Opinion

Disney, el sueño de Lucía

01/29/2015
Como hija de cualquier familia de la creciente clase media mexicana de los años cincuenta, Lucía se crió sobreprotegida, religiosa y físicamente, para preservar la idea de la virginidad hasta el matrimonio. Para ello, recibió una educación esmerada en un colegio de monjas, además de los cuidados permanentes de sus...

The products of remittances

01/15/2015
During my stay in Mexico, a nephew of mine invited me to join him and his wife and their small daughter on a visit to land they had bought in the country, an hour and a half from the city’s bustle, in the Sierra Norte. The idea, he explained, was...

Producto de las remesas

01/08/2015
Durante mi estancia en México, un sobrino me invitó a ir con su esposa y su pequeña hija a visitar el terreno que compraron en una zona campestre, apartada del bullicio urbano, a hora y media de la ciudad, sobre la Sierra Norte. La idea, me explicaban, es aprovechar precios...

When it comes to salmon, trust the trained biologists

01/08/2015
I was shocked to read an opinion piece you printed titled “The myths about coho,” written by a local self-described fisherman. I will not go into the various conspiracies suggested by Russell Chatham about Roy’s ladder and San Geronimo Creek’s name, but will instead address some other cynical and misleading...

The history of salmon in Marin

12/31/2014
The unfunny vaudeville show playing out around silver salmon in general—and their existence in Marin County in particular—is appalling. I am disgusted with the self-serving nature of some who claim to be defenders of the fish, and with the ill-informed Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has ignored and played...

Mexico from the inside

12/24/2014
In Puebla, my hometown, I can see Mexico from the inside. It is a relatively peaceful place in this fraught country. Since the tragedy of the 43 disappeared students in Iguala, Guerrero, on Sept. 26, the honeymoon of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto is over, despite its enactment of...

Myths about coho and Marin County’s watersheds

12/24/2014
Well, son of a bitch and shiver me timbers. A report from one Eric Ettlinger, an “aquatic ecologist” with the Marin Municipal Water District, reports the sighting of 117 silver salmon (which in the last couple of decades have come be identified as coho, the term given by the natives...

México desde adentro

12/18/2014
Estoy en México y lo veo desde su interior, desde Puebla, una de las zonas relativamente tranquilas del convulso país. Desde la tragedia de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos en Iguala, Guerrero, el 26 de septiembre, la luna de miel del gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto –tras lograr las históricas reformas...

Temporary protection for some undocumented

12/11/2014
On Nov. 20, Barack Obama used his presidential prerogative in an executive order that would temporarily block the potential deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. He should have done this much sooner, but he spend nearly six years pandering to Republicans, hoping they would approve his promised comprehensive immigration reform...

Taking back our power

12/11/2014
Almost exactly four years ago, June McCrory and Katharina Sandizell-Smith, two young West Marin mothers, made national news by blocking the road to Inverness to smart meter installers and becoming among the first in the country to be arrested over the issue. Their arrests shocked many in the industry into...

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