Opinion

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...

Internet for all, not just the few

02/18/2016
One of the greatest attributes of the Internet is that it can level the playing field, especially in education. It’s why I got into computers and the Internet back in 1991, and it is still what motivates me to bring the Internet to as many people as possible. I don’t...

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...

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