Opinion

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...

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,...

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