Opinion

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...

Estados Unidos y su influencia inevitable

03/19/2015
Una amiga gringa me contaba candorosa lo bien que la había pasado en Monterrey, México, invitada por una familia que cuenta con servicios y bienestar para vivir como aquí. Sus hijos van a la universidad, tienen tres coches y les encantan las cosas de este país, al que vienen con...

Science as enemy

03/19/2015
As paleo diets and ancestral health and anti-vaxxer campaigns sweep the country, one gets the sense that a new form of primitivism is approaching, an emerging cult cleverly disguised behind the attractive mask of authenticity—or should I say, neoauthenticity. One way or another you’ll know neoprimitivism has arrived when legitimate...

Recreate-Gate and the public-private failure

03/12/2015
With the stroke of a pen, the National Park Service has set the stage for a sweeping transformation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, despite broad-based opposition by thousands of individuals and numerous public officials. Its new General Management Plan was signed in to the federal registry on Jan...

What about this measles scare?

03/12/2015
What about this measles scare? To date, we haven’t seen any cases of measles, or measles-like illness, at any of our three health centers, nor have we heard of any cases in West Marin. According to the Marin County health department, two cases have been documented in Marin, but their...

Vaccination: A personal and professional plea

02/23/2015
The urge to protect one’s children is one of the strongest known to humans, so when questions are raised about the safety of vaccines, many parents have concerns—and even forego the shots—even though protecting ourselves from serious disease is why vaccines exist. This is particularly true in Marin, so much...

Beatificación de Monseñor Romero

02/19/2015
Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Arzobispo de San Salvador desde 1977, fue asesinado el 24 de marzo de 1980 por un sicario, mientras oficiaba misa en una capilla de la capital salvadoreña. A pesar de pertenecer al Opus Dei, organización ultra conservadora dentro de la Iglesia católica, Monseñor Romero pronto se dio...

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