Opinion

Realpolitik 2016

03/17/2016
Realpolitik: politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives. This election year has stirred up the political pot big time. It has brought a lot of crud to the surface and is now moving into a phase of all-out fisticuffs. No doubt there is...

The Pope in Mexico

03/17/2016
From February 12 to 17, Pope Francis visited Mexico both as head of the church and as head of the Vatican. Expectations were enormous, as much for Mexico’s government as for the church and its followers, of which there are some 100 million—a number that, as a percentage of Mexico’s...

El Papa en México

03/10/2016
Del 12 al 17 de febrero, el papa Francisco realizó una visita apostólica (como jefe de la Iglesia) y de estado (como jefe del Vaticano) a México. Las expectativas que generó fueron enormes, tanto para el gobierno como para la Iglesia católica y sus creyentes, que conforman unos 100 millones,...

Thought for food

03/10/2016
We’re witnessing a global collapse of the food chain. Bees are vanishing. Seafood stocks are shrinking. Overuse of pesticides and antibiotics threaten human and animal health. All the while, most Americans eat their meals without a second thought. Humans have an ethical, moral and ecological obligation to save the food...

Vaccine opposers lack any evidence

03/10/2016
I am afraid that Anna O’Malley’s March 3 opinion piece, “Furthering the conversation on vaccination,” undermines rather than furthers the conversation by including inaccurate claims that could scare parents from vaccinating on schedule and providing their children with optimal protection from disease. It is to Dr. O’Malley’s credit that she...

Peaceful primates

03/10/2016
In 2004, primatologist Robert Sapolsky published a paper about a remarkable troop of savanna baboons. In the early 1980s, the troop’s most aggressive alpha males invaded another troop’s territory every morning for access to a hotel’s garbage dump and fought for first pickings. Mornings are normally committed to socialization, but...

The end of agriculture on Point Reyes: The Jarvis playbook

03/03/2016
Back in November 2014, Peter Prows and I wrote a column for the Light titled “The end of agriculture on Point Reyes.” We wrote: “Sadly, the closure of the oyster farm is not the end, but rather the beginning of the battle to protect agriculture on Point Reyes. We fear...

MCL supports ranches in park

03/03/2016
The Marin Conservation League, along with many prominent environmental organizations, supports the continuation of agriculture on lands managed by the Point Reyes National Seashore. The current Comprehensive Ranch Management Plan process, which the recent lawsuit seeks to abandon, provides an opportunity to demonstrate that ranching in the seashore can be...

Furthering the conversation on vaccination

03/03/2016
Michelle Veneziano’s thought-provoking piece on immunizations in the Feb. 11 issue of the Light raises important issues worthy of careful consideration and discussion. As she notes, local health care providers such as myself and others at the Coastal Health Alliance have been keenly focused on helping families navigate decisions in...

Mexico prostrate

02/18/2016
On a recent trip to Mexico, I encountered good things and bad things, some getting better and others getting worse. Mexico is among the 15 richest countries on the planet; it has natural resources, culture and more. So it is sad to see such poverty and suffering next to excessive...

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