Opinion

Cloud seeding and contrails: Do your research

07/16/2015
The other day I woke up to a brilliant sky, the color of which made me feel all was not wrong with the world. Mid-morning, two jets flew high over Tomales Bay, leaving white, fluffy trails that slowly spread into the atmosphere. By late morning, the sky was crisscrossed with...

Donald Trump and his opinion of Mexicans

07/09/2015
Donald Trump, the magnate and businessman, upon launching himself once again as a potential presidential candidate of the Republican party, declared that he would stop the rapists, drug traffickers and criminals coming across the southern border by building an enormous fence, paid for by Mexico. He said Mexican immigrants are...

The new face of medical marijuana

06/18/2015
I spoke last week at the Marin County Board of Supervisors workshop on the proposal for medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Marin. A variety of opinions on the proposal, and on medical marijuana in general, were voiced, and a shocking level of naïveté displayed. Apparently, when some hear the words...

Immigration politics and hypocrisy

06/11/2015
Humans have left their places of origin to live in other places from time immemorial. Though the original nomads demonstrate our proclivity for the process, a sedentary lifestyle has almost come to define humanity. One of our identifying characteristics is to belong to a place, and be part of the...

Hipocresía y política migratoria

06/04/2015
Dejar el lugar de origen para irse a vivir a otro es algo que los humanos hemos hecho desde tiempos inmemoriales. Si bien los nómadas originales mostraron que teníamos una cierta proclividad para ello, con el sedentarismo la tendencia a arraigarse en un sitio se hizo signo casi definitivo de...

A riddle for our can-do niche

06/04/2015
How precious our community is. Our hearts are filled with the beauty of the land, yet it’s this beauty that now makes our home a destination spot advertised in The New York Times. Elders will naturally leave, but some are being forced to leave before their time. And of course...

The dead elephant in the living room

06/04/2015
Taboo! Subtle and not-so-subtle cultural conventions keep us from considering the single most significant cause of ecological devastation: overpopulation. We’re faced with a kind of unconscious conspiracy in which folks tacitly agree not to address the earth’s swollen human population as a critical environmental issue. Even avid conservationists publicly shy...

Learning Spanish (and other things)

05/14/2015
I just started a new series of Spanish classes and, as always, I explained to the new students that one of the major differences between our two languages, English and Spanish, lies in the different sounds—simple and combined—that exist between them. There are 23 sounds, or phonemes, in Latin American...

Aprendiendo español (y otras cosas)

04/30/2015
Acabo de iniciar una nueva serie de clases de español y, como siempre, explico a quienes se atreven a escuchar mis enseñanzas que una de las mayores diferencias entre nuestras lenguas—inglés y español—estriba en los diferentes sonidos, simples y combinados, que existen entre una y otra, para su correcta articulación...

Vaccinate for your child's health—and for mine

04/23/2015
A couple months ago, Marin County Health and Human Services brought nurses, immunization information and almost a hundred doses of the measles vaccine to a clinic in the San Geronimo Valley: free preventive healthcare. Four people showed up. This was despite advice from the medical community to get vaccinated for...

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