Opinion

Oyster-free Drakes Estero: who knew what when

07/17/2014
In the July 10 Point Reyes Light Op-ed, the Lunnys state their belief that the National Park Service told Charlie Johnson’s lawyer that “the wilderness status of Drakes Estero wasn’t a problem because it was more symbolic than anything else.” Further, the Lunnys also state their belief that “We took...

Keep on shucking

07/10/2014
Our family almost didn’t buy the oyster farm. Like all the ranches on Point Reyes, the farm can’t succeed without the seashore’s support, so we called then-Superintendent Don Neubacher before buying it to ask him what he thought. He said it would be a “bad idea” to buy the farm...

The immigration crisis continues

06/26/2014
While the good life made possible by inequality continues in this country, here in our West Marin of artists, intellectuals, environmentalists and liberals the most talked-about concerns range from the controversial and interminable closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Company to the high cost and low availability of housing, the protection...

The World Cup: Soccer, politics and business

06/12/2014
Once again it is time for soccer’s World Cup. This time, the event is in Brazil, where fútbol is of the utmost importance. From June 12 to July 13, worldwide attention will be focused on the 32 national teams that will battle for the most coveted sports trophy on the...

Housing solutions fall short for needy

06/12/2014
The housing solutions meeting held by Fred Smith last Wednesday at the Dance Palace was well-attended by those who care deeply about housing issues in West Marin, with many contributing up-to-date information. Surprisingly, few of the people whom I think need the most help attended the meeting; the audience was...

Seashore ranches eligible for world heritage status

05/29/2014
The Point Reyes and Olema Valley Historic Ranch Districts, located within Point Reyes National Seashore, are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Yet today the future of these ranches is threatened by an uncertain future and a growing herd of free-ranging tule elk. To ensure the...

El tiempo que pasa y nos pasa

05/29/2014
Parece increíble que esté por cumplir la mitad de mi vida viviendo en este país y, a pesar de estar bastante bien adaptado, en parte siga sintiéndome extranjero; a diferencia de cuando voy a México, donde me muevo como pez en el agua y con naturalidad me identifico con todo...

Time that passes and passes us by

05/29/2014
It seems incredible that although I’ve lived half my life in this country, and despite my adapting very well to life here, part of me continues to feel foreign. How different it is when I go to Mexico, where I move like a fish in water and identify with everyone...

Protecting our piece of the planet

05/22/2014
Last week, the California Coastal Commission came to West Marin—for the first time in its 40-year history—for three days of meetings. History was made again when the 12-person commission unanimously approved the major land use plan update of our Local Coastal Program for the first time in 32 years. The...

The ceremony of the four popes

05/08/2014
On April 27, in an event unprecedented in the history of the modern Catholic Church and the Vatican, two former Popes, John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, an Italian) and John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla, a Pole) were proclaimed saints. The grand ceremony was presided over by the current Pope Francis...

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