Opinion

Structural reforms approved in Mexico

08/21/2014
On August 11, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto approved the final versions of energy reform legislation, concluding a series of 11 economic, political and social structural reforms proposed by his government, an achievement unprecedented in the nation’s history. Peña Nieto first proposed these reforms in December 2012, at the start...

Our choice: A living seashore or a silent landscape

08/07/2014
Friday’s closing ceremony for Drakes Bay Oyster Company felt like a wake for someone still living. Or had that person died? None of the people gathered on the shores of the estuary seemed to know, and Drakes Estero herself was silent, if you hoped for an answer there. The succession...

The exaltation of violence

07/31/2014
Like no other living thing, human beings have the capacity to think, reason and intellectualize, develop highly civilized and educated societies, recreate and shape the world around them and create wondrous works. We can be friendly and cordial and establish civil rules, which are orderly and respectful of the collective...

In eliminating Waldorf, school board shot Lagunitas in the foot

07/31/2014
Imagine running a business in which your financial officer informs you that you’re suffering net losses of a quarter of a million dollars per year. As a follow-up, though, he offers two alternative plans for responding to this dire situation. Plan A would increase the number of customers by 10...

Park management flip-flopped on Lunny operation

07/24/2014
In the July 17 Point Reyes Light, Gordon Bennett counters the letter to the community from the Lunny family (July 10). Bennett’s op-ed is full of half-truths and innuendo, and is disingenuous. While the Lunnys were told fairly early on by park superintendent Don Neubacher that the park service did...

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...

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