Opinion

The new face of medical marijuana

06/18/2015
I spoke last week at the Marin County Board of Supervisors workshop on the proposal for medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Marin. A variety of opinions on the proposal, and on medical marijuana in general, were voiced, and a shocking level of naïveté displayed. Apparently, when some hear the words...

Immigration politics and hypocrisy

06/11/2015
Humans have left their places of origin to live in other places from time immemorial. Though the original nomads demonstrate our proclivity for the process, a sedentary lifestyle has almost come to define humanity. One of our identifying characteristics is to belong to a place, and be part of the...

Hipocresía y política migratoria

06/04/2015
Dejar el lugar de origen para irse a vivir a otro es algo que los humanos hemos hecho desde tiempos inmemoriales. Si bien los nómadas originales mostraron que teníamos una cierta proclividad para ello, con el sedentarismo la tendencia a arraigarse en un sitio se hizo signo casi definitivo de...

A riddle for our can-do niche

06/04/2015
How precious our community is. Our hearts are filled with the beauty of the land, yet it’s this beauty that now makes our home a destination spot advertised in The New York Times. Elders will naturally leave, but some are being forced to leave before their time. And of course...

The dead elephant in the living room

06/04/2015
Taboo! Subtle and not-so-subtle cultural conventions keep us from considering the single most significant cause of ecological devastation: overpopulation. We’re faced with a kind of unconscious conspiracy in which folks tacitly agree not to address the earth’s swollen human population as a critical environmental issue. Even avid conservationists publicly shy...

Learning Spanish (and other things)

05/14/2015
I just started a new series of Spanish classes and, as always, I explained to the new students that one of the major differences between our two languages, English and Spanish, lies in the different sounds—simple and combined—that exist between them. There are 23 sounds, or phonemes, in Latin American...

Aprendiendo español (y otras cosas)

04/30/2015
Acabo de iniciar una nueva serie de clases de español y, como siempre, explico a quienes se atreven a escuchar mis enseñanzas que una de las mayores diferencias entre nuestras lenguas—inglés y español—estriba en los diferentes sonidos, simples y combinados, que existen entre una y otra, para su correcta articulación...

Vaccinate for your child's health—and for mine

04/23/2015
A couple months ago, Marin County Health and Human Services brought nurses, immunization information and almost a hundred doses of the measles vaccine to a clinic in the San Geronimo Valley: free preventive healthcare. Four people showed up. This was despite advice from the medical community to get vaccinated for...

The United States and its inevitable influence

04/09/2015
An American friend told me about her experiences in Monterrey, Mexico, to which she was invited by a family who lived as one would in the United States: their children study at the university, they have three cars and they love the United States, which they frequently visit. She felt...

Tips for your comments on the proposed Green Bridge replacement

03/26/2015
After Thursday night’s gathering with Caltrans about the Green Bridge replacement, I spoke at length with my daughter, an independent transportation consultant in the Bay Area. She has worked on numerous projects that have dealt with Caltrans or their regulations, so she understands how the agency thinks and operates—good things...

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