Opinion

Progress

05/11/2016
For thousands of years, humans have changed our environment to suit our needs. We have built cities, multiplied into the billions, wiped out predators, herded, farmed and created pesticides and GMOs. We make machines fly through air and space and have denuded huge swaths of the planet’s surface. We have...

County should control tourism

05/11/2016
Residents in Muir Beach and Stinson Beach have complained for years about traffic and parking jams on weekends and in summer; now Bolinas is becoming dangerously crowded with tourist traffic backups preventing emergency vehicles from getting to where they are needed. At Muir Woods, the park service is being sued...

The latest on your spleen

05/05/2016
Here are three things you should know about your spleen: it filters blood and holds a reserve of red blood cells in case of emergency, it is an important part of your immune system, and it is connected directly to the brain through the vagus nerve. Think of this organ—which...

Bio-hacking joy

05/05/2016
Dear Ms. Magpie, I just discovered that if I stick electrodes on my head and attach them to a 9-volt battery, I feel wonderful! I want to tell everyone, but I’m afraid they’ll think I’m crazy. This is not a joke. Sincerely, All Lit Up I understand your fear of...

Fish Tales

05/05/2016
When I call up Royal Hawaiian Seafood Co. most days, I talk about fish types, price and sustainability. The fishmongers’ voices are quick and specific. This morning, however, I called later, and we strayed into other topics: flavor likes and dislikes, empty calories and the way the body processes already...

Are we truly equal?

04/28/2016
“We are all equal before God and are created in his image and likeness,” our sacred books and clergy say. “We have the same rights and obligations under the law and enjoy the same opportunities and benefits,” preach our leaders, government legislation and laws. These and similar words are heard...

It is Earth Day

04/21/2016
It is Earth Day, a day set aside to celebrate our beautiful, sacred planetary home, our life-sustaining, beloved habitat. It is a day to consider how we can protect what we stand to lose. I’ve been reflecting on my relationship to the earth. Am I aligning myself to her restorative...

New LCP weakens ag protection

04/14/2016
The upper Martinelli ranch is for sale, just north of Point Reyes Station. The ad said it’s a great place for a multi-family compound. No MALT easement. Three parcels totaling 1,040 acres, with an asking price of $12 million. At about $12,000 per acre, it’s priced much higher than other...

¿De veras somos iguales?

04/14/2016
“Todos somos iguales ante Dios y hemos sido creados a su imagen y semejanza,” nos repiten libros sagrados y clérigos religiosos. “Tenemos los mismos derechos y obligaciones ante la ley y gozamos de las mismas oportunidades y beneficios,” nos predican gobernantes , regulaciones y legislaciones estatales. Éstas y otras sentencias...

Seashore lawsuit is a paper tiger

04/07/2016
There is considerable confusion about the lawsuit that appears to threaten ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. This confusion was not clarified by Laura Watt’s March 24 opinion piece. Instead of addressing that suit, Dr. Watt tried to undermine environmental organizations that support seashore ranching. She is still fighting...

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