Opinion

Mexico from the inside

12/24/2014
In Puebla, my hometown, I can see Mexico from the inside. It is a relatively peaceful place in this fraught country. Since the tragedy of the 43 disappeared students in Iguala, Guerrero, on Sept. 26, the honeymoon of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto is over, despite its enactment of...

Myths about coho and Marin County’s watersheds

12/24/2014
Well, son of a bitch and shiver me timbers. A report from one Eric Ettlinger, an “aquatic ecologist” with the Marin Municipal Water District, reports the sighting of 117 silver salmon (which in the last couple of decades have come be identified as coho, the term given by the natives...

México desde adentro

12/18/2014
Estoy en México y lo veo desde su interior, desde Puebla, una de las zonas relativamente tranquilas del convulso país. Desde la tragedia de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos en Iguala, Guerrero, el 26 de septiembre, la luna de miel del gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto –tras lograr las históricas reformas...

Temporary protection for some undocumented

12/11/2014
On Nov. 20, Barack Obama used his presidential prerogative in an executive order that would temporarily block the potential deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. He should have done this much sooner, but he spend nearly six years pandering to Republicans, hoping they would approve his promised comprehensive immigration reform...

Taking back our power

12/11/2014
Almost exactly four years ago, June McCrory and Katharina Sandizell-Smith, two young West Marin mothers, made national news by blocking the road to Inverness to smart meter installers and becoming among the first in the country to be arrested over the issue. Their arrests shocked many in the industry into...

Protección temporal a indocumentados

12/04/2014
El 20 de noviembre, Barack Obama usó su prerrogativa presidencial con una orden ejecutiva que permita bloquear temporalmente la deportación potencial de millones de inmigrantes indocumentados. Aunque debió haberlo hecho antes, prefirió pasar seis años complaciendo a los republicanos para que le aprobaran en el Congreso su prometida reforma migratoria...

Size matters: Tim Westergren project threatens West Marin’s style

11/26/2014
We believe the unprecedented size of the proposed development by Hidden Dragon, L.L.C. at 135 Balboa Avenue is a call to our community to protect its scale and character. The proposed 5,494-square foot main house is more than twice the median size—less than 2,000 square feet—of all the properties on...

Through actions and words, trust needs to be rebuilt at Point Reyes

11/13/2014
Last week an opinion piece in this newspaper suggested that environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, might be gunning for the Point Reyes National Seashore’s dairy and beef ranches through the recent Ranch Comprehensive Management Planning process. The authors, and others who support the continuation of ranching, may...

Point Reyes Books in the vanguard

11/13/2014
Last week I diverted my eyes from my iPhone long enough to attend two readings hosted by Point Reyes Books at the Presbyterian church. Lloyd Kahn, a whiskered Marin original, has spent a lifetime cataloguing an imaginative D.I.Y. building movement and is likely the world’s most perfect grandfather. He took...

The end of agriculture on Point Reyes

11/06/2014
In 1962, a historic collaboration between environmentalists and agriculturalists led to the formation of the Point Reyes National Seashore. This, along with a new county plan and help from the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, preserved West Marin as a working landscape of beautiful ranches and rolling hills, and as a...

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