Opinion

Report from the Shoreline retreat

10/22/2015
It’s been a hard year for the trustees of Shoreline Unified School District. Budget woes, painful staffing cuts, clashes with the superintendent, transitions and substitutes in key administrative positions, and community pressure for board members to relinquish their health benefits have challenged these seven elected officials. Given the fractious last...

Mediate to help your neighbors

10/15/2015
For many years, a mediation board in West Marin has helped neighbors resolve disputes by listening to each other, using respectful language and developing an agreement that seems fair to both parties. Mediators are trained to be friendly, non-judgmental and impartial. The Community Mediation Board of West Marin was born...

People and pets surviving the fire

10/08/2015
Today I am sitting with my cats, remembering the Vision Fire. I was working at the Bolinas post office when I got a call that there was a fire on Mount Vision. At the time, I was renting the lower part of a house at the top of Drakes View...

The Dance Palace, a force that needs our support

10/08/2015
In this age of start-ups, we hear every day about innovative ideas pursued with singular passion. Some of them are legendary. Two brainy guys get together in a garage to try to create a personal computer, and Apple is born. A local college grad comes home to find the family...

The consequences of solitary confines

09/24/2015
When I finally got involved in fighting America’s prison industrial complex, I googled my way to a human rights organization called California Prison Focus. The nonprofit aims to end the practice of long-term solitary confinement. Aside from corresponding with over 100 incarcerated individuals a month, the group acts as a...

My school and Chapultepec’s boys

09/24/2015
My school life in Mexico ranged from interesting to boring. From the second grade on, my education took place in the most important public school in Puebla, my city: Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec. Everybody called it simply, “Centro Escolar,” not realizing that this name is a description (School...

The tyranny of food

09/17/2015
I’m angry! I’m angry about food. I’m angry about food because it has become an obsession for me and for many of us. The preoccupation with eating can exercise a tyrannical control over our lives. Who amongst us has not suffered from any or many of the following consumption-related issues:...

Mi escuela y los Niños Héroes

09/17/2015
Mi escuela en México era entre interesante y aburrida. Desde segundo grado, mi educación transcurrió en la escuela pública más importante de mi ciudad: el Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec, aunque todos le decían simplemente “Centro Escolar”, sin reparar en que este nombre es una descripción, como lo es...

Mexico: Forever unstable?

08/27/2015
In the eyes of its governments, Mexican history has been one of progress and prosperity. However, ever since I can remember it has actually been in a sort of circular movement: appearing to move forward, but then regressing, in constant and puzzling swings. Unwanted realities, seemingly overcome by something new...

Fukushima contamination, in the ocean and biosphere

08/20/2015
Over four years after the disaster at the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the debacle continues to unfold. Ground water has been seeping into three of the six reactors—units 1, 2 and 3—coming into contact with the melted cores and becoming contaminated. Three to four hundred metric tons of...

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