Opinion

Nature delusion will empty Point Reyes

02/18/2016
The effort to eliminate the ranches on Point Reyes is an effort to expand the emptiness of a place that, like a black hole, sucks all matter and light into it, growing in power every time it consumes another star. Now a constellation of ranches is heading toward the void...

Gender effects

02/18/2016
A friend recently decried the notion of gender-neutral bathrooms at colleges to accommodate intersex and transgender students. Apart from the question of why we have separate male and female bathrooms, I wondered why transgender issues are so commonly discussed now. Is it perhaps society finally catching up with natural phenomena?...

Keeping the conversation open: A physician’s thoughts on vaccination

02/11/2016
I’ve awoken several mornings now thinking about the many people in our community upset by the opposition to vaccine mandates. I respect their frustration, as I myself, not so long ago, did not understand complaints about vaccines. I cannot recall a time when an issue has caused as much concern,...

Please don’t call it “affordable”

02/11/2016
How refreshing it is to watch a major project unfold in West Marin that appears to have absolutely no community opposition. There may well be some folks out there who, in the privacy of their living rooms, are opposed to affordable housing. But for reasons of their own, they appear...

A local hunter speaks out

02/04/2016
The two most recent editions of the Light featured a letter by Roy Nee, titled “Restrict duck hunting,” and a Q&A by Mark Dowie, with his friend Hammy from the Midwest. I wanted to offer a reply, and hopefully some useful information that has not been presented in a forum...

Dr. Lester, you have arrived

02/04/2016
There may be no better indicator that the executive director of the California Coastal Commission is doing his job than for the governor and his commission appointees to try to sack him. Charles Lester, the powerful agency’s executive director, is now faced with a personnel hearing at the Feb. 10...

On the boomer merry-go-round

02/04/2016
One hundred years ago, Robinson Jeffers fled to Carmel. There he built a house and wrote poetry, wanting to free himself from the civilization into which he was born. But his past caught up with him. In his most famous poem, “The Coast Road,” he laments the construction of Highway...

Discrimination

01/28/2016
Personal prejudices make us lump people into categories. Sex, race, age, gender, class, nationality, weight, political choice, religion—the list of prejudices we can feel is endless. Most of these things have little or nothing to do with choice. Even one’s politics and religion, or lack thereof, may effectively be chosen...

México postrado

01/28/2016
En mi reciente viaje a México, encontré cosas buenas, malas, mejores y peores. Y más de lo mismo, no siempre deseable. Entre los 15 países más ricos del mundo, el país posee recursos naturales, cultura, arquitectura, tradiciones y demás. Pero, es triste ver tanta pobreza, miseria y abandono, junto a...

An out-of-state opinion about duck hunting in the wetland

01/28/2016
When I was a Midwestern teenager, I used to hunt ducks with my pal Hammy. For many reasons, most of them due to the grossly unfair hunting practices I found in my new home state, I quit hunting when I moved to California, but Ham’s still at it. So I...

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