Opinion

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...

Overheard in West Marin

01/07/2016
I heard two people talking in Inverness Park about a giant Balinese head representing the Buddha that was being transported to West Marin...

Benefits of intermittent fasting

01/07/2016
Intermittent fasting is a way of eating in which one fasts for a period of time each day. Often one eats the same amount of calories...

The resistible rise of Hillary Trump

12/23/2015
Former Marshall resident Paul Fenn told me about a cartoon produced by Otto Bauer 100 years ago in Austria. In this image, two Viennese laborers, unemployed, huddle over a barrel fire. In the background, Croats and Serbs, forced into the country like Mexicans and Central Americans into the United States...

¿Segundo idioma o idioma de segunda?

12/17/2015
Con el aumento de inmigrantes latinoamericanos, en especial en los años 90 del siglo pasado, el español se consolida como el segundo idioma de Estados Unidos. Ya lo hablan 38 millones, un 12% de una población en la que 17% son latinos. Es el quinto país hispanohablante detrás de México,...

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