Opinion

¿4th of July en México?

07/14/2016
Dada la enorme influencia de Estados Unidos en el mundo y el flujo de información que produce, el día de su independencia y sus festejos son bien conocidos. Esto no significa que la fecha se celebre más allá de nuestras fronteras, a diferencia de otras fiestas como Halloween o Navidad,...

Your gut, your microbiome, your health

07/07/2016
The microbiome in our gut consists of up to 1,000 different types of bacteria and about 100 trillion cells. As such, it has 10 times as many cells as we have. The development of the microbiome depends on a number of factors: absorption of microorganisms from the mother’s vagina at...

Brexit is the rejection of rule by economic elites

07/07/2016
On June the 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Admit it: you likely have no idea what that means. But the press, the kind of media we liberal elites look to, is very clear: Brexit is bad. Secession has had negative connotations since, oh, about 1861;...

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...

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