Opinion

The eye of the beholder: What is it, then, that brings beauty to a garden?

06/13/2013
In January, when maple trees are leafless and dormant, I venture out with my clippers to do some pruning. Professional nurserymen and gardeners doubtless have precise notions about pruning. I don’t. I just stand back, peer at the maple for a few moments and then clip away. My objective is...

Renewables are not

06/13/2013
With each new greenwash of the day, marketing and media outlets persuade us that technology can continue to fuel our excesses. My optimistic colleagues ask, “Did you read about that XYZ study, that ABC product or that 123 silver-bullet energy source?” Meanwhile we’re witnessing the breakdown of our society on...

Inmigrantes y discriminación

06/06/2013
La palabra discriminar significa originalmente distinguir entre dos a más cosas para preferir una sobre las demás. Si me gusta más la salsa verde que la roja, estoy discriminando a esta última al preferir aquélla. Sin embargo, su uso más común ahora se refiere al trato de inferioridad que se...

Immigrants, with or without reform

05/30/2013
The story begins in a poor town, a farm or an abandoned suburb of the city and its terrible realities. The crop was ruined, there is no work or the work pays little, the children are hungry, the house is falling down, the services are poor or non-existent. There are...

Be there then: A new mantra for living

05/30/2013
Many wise and well-meaning men, and even wiser women, inspire us to live in the present. “Be here now” is their timeless mantra, repeated a million times in as many ashrams, temples, retreats and sweat lodges the world over. And it sounds so sensible, so transformational, spiritual and enlightened that...

Money and death

05/23/2013
In the face of overwhelming evidence that our exponential, growth-based economic system is destroying the very foundations of life on Earth, we remain trapped in the same motions that are bringing about our and other species’ collapse. How can this be? When we look deeply inside the human psyche we...

Inmigrantes, con o sin reforma

05/23/2013
La historia empieza en el pueblo, el rancho, el suburbio abandonado de la ciudad y su terrible realidad: la siembra no se dio, falta trabajo o paga poco, los niños tienen hambre, la casa se cae, no hay servicios o son muy malos. Hay robos, asaltos, amenazas y secuestros y...

Defending the future of our coastline

05/23/2013
My wife and I recently completed a coastal permitting process in Marshall, just south of the Marconi Center. We have lived in Point Reyes for the last 12 years, and before that in Lagunitas and Forest Knolls. West Marin has been home since 1988; during our time here we’ve watched...

Insensitivity to world violence

05/16/2013
It is difficult to explain how humans can be both violent and peaceful. We have the capacity to be loving, sensitive, easy going, reasonable, generous and compassionate, but we can be simultaneously aggressive, intolerant, vengeful, controlling, destructive and cruel. In today’s world, where understanding, democracy, justice and equality drive civilization,...

Leases, uses and sustainable practices

05/16/2013
I enjoyed the variety of mostly thoughtful letters in last week’s Light regarding Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the Point Reyes National Seashore ranch leases. I wholeheartedly agree with Bob Johnston that the seashore leases should be extended to 20 years. This is long overdue. Mr. Johnston describes John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project as a rancher, and while Mr. Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, do own a ranch in Nicasio, it is seashore rancher and oyster farm owner Kevin Lunny who runs the cattle there. My point in mentioning this is that Mr. Johnston’s letter implies that the grazing management at the Wick Ranch is more innovative than that of seashore ranchers, stating: “adopting similar innovations would be a step forward in sustainable management of the seashore’s grasslands.” Mr. Lunny and other...

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