Opinion

Mexico: A President in distress

09/29/2016
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, goes from crisis to crisis. After a promising start in 2012, his popularity plummeted and is now less than 20 percent. His one and only achievement was to bring together leaders and congress members of the principal parties to launch and approve important...

Protecting coastal village character

09/22/2016
Recently I read “Down a Narrow Road” by anthropologist Jay Dautcher. In the book, Dautcher talks about how governments gain influence over communities in order to serve their own interests, especially in communities where there are strong personal and community identities and where residents are connected to the land. He...

México: un Presidente en apuros

09/15/2016
El presidente mexicano Enrique Peña Nieto va de crisis en crisis. Tras prometedor inicio en 2012, su enorme popularidad se diluyó y ahora es menor al 20 por ciento. Su gran y único logro fue aglutinar a líderes y congresistas de los principales partidos para lanzar y aprobar importantes reformas...

Our bloated military

09/08/2016
In an era of increasing austerity, the one untouchable federal budget expense, besides congressional salaries and benefits, is the United States military budget. Given the homogenization of the two major political parties, it doesn’t matter who holds the purse strings. Discretionary-spending increases for the military are sacrosanct. Elected representatives who...

East shore open space is not yet safe

09/01/2016
West Marin has spectacular scenery and nearly complete growth controls due to three major decisions in the ’60s and ’70s. The county decided to not build two freeways to the coast and along it; the county downzoned most agricultural lands to 60-acre parcel minimums; and Congress created the Point Reyes...

Bolinas-Stinson School starts this week

08/18/2016
I remember the start of school when I was a kid. The feeling was about 50 percent excitement and 50 percent dread. Back then, in the log cabin days, the school had two tasks, neither of which is particularly relevant anymore. First, teachers were supposed to pass on knowledge, to...

Welcome back to Tomales High

08/18/2016
There is no holding back the new year for Tomales High School, with our full staff set to return to work on Friday and school to resume on Tuesday morning. A few years ago, our staff set out to review our vision statement in an effort to refocus our work...

Fourth of July in Mexico?

08/11/2016
Given the enormous influence of the United States in the world and the flood of information that it produces, Independence Day and its festivities are well known worldwide. The date isn’t celebrated beyond U.S. borders, however, as are holidays like Halloween and Christmas, which most of the western world tries...

Alcohol and cancer: new findings

08/04/2016
It has long been known that drinking alcohol can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. A recent review from the French International Agency for Research in Cancer looked at 15 meta-analyses of the risk relationship between alcohol consumption—and the risk of breast cancer. (A meta-analysis is a statistical approach...

Aging and conscious elderhood

08/04/2016
In the longevity revolution, people are living 20 to 30 years beyond the age of retirement. Pre-boomers, born in the 1930s to 1944, and baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1964, are becoming a demographic force as a majority of an aging population. From these individuals is arising a growing...

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