Opinion

Time that passes and passes us by

05/29/2014
It seems incredible that although I’ve lived half my life in this country, and despite my adapting very well to life here, part of me continues to feel foreign. How different it is when I go to Mexico, where I move like a fish in water and identify with everyone...

Protecting our piece of the planet

05/22/2014
Last week, the California Coastal Commission came to West Marin—for the first time in its 40-year history—for three days of meetings. History was made again when the 12-person commission unanimously approved the major land use plan update of our Local Coastal Program for the first time in 32 years. The...

The ceremony of the four popes

05/08/2014
On April 27, in an event unprecedented in the history of the modern Catholic Church and the Vatican, two former Popes, John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, an Italian) and John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla, a Pole) were proclaimed saints. The grand ceremony was presided over by the current Pope Francis...

Shoreline crisis has a silver lining

05/08/2014
The Shoreline Unified School District community deserves thanks for providing input in the continuing discussion about who will lead our district as superintendent next year. Last week’s special meeting was the most open and productive I’ve attended over the last four years and I want to thank President Jane Healy...

Some concrete solutions for West Marin’s want of workforce housing

05/01/2014
Spend a minute thinking of all of the people under age 50 that you value in West Marin. Now imagine 75 percent of them have moved away. Without real affordable housing solutions, that reality won’t happen so suddenly, but it’s nevertheless a real possibility over time. There has been ample...

La ceremonia de los cuatro papas

05/01/2014
En un hecho sin precedente en la historia moderna de la Iglesia católica y el Vaticano, el pasado 27 de abril fueron proclamados santos dos ex papas, Juan XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, italiano), y Juan Pablo II (Karol Wojtyla, polaco), en una gran ceremonia presidida por el actual pontífice, Francisco...

Illegal people... or actions?

04/24/2014
In a civilized country such as ours, with a long democratic tradition of obeying many laws or paying the consequences, the word “illegal” can arouse strong reactions, especially when assigned to a person or group. For practical reasons, however, much that violates the law is overlooked, although when violators are...

¿Son ilegales las personas... o las acciones?

04/17/2014
En un país civilizado como éste, con larga tradición democrática y leyes diversas que deben respetarse, so riesgo de pagar las consecuencias, la palabra “ilegal” puede concitar reacciones airadas, más cuando se asigna a una persona o grupo. Pero cuando por razones prácticas algo queda fuera de la ley y...

T.V., radio, entertainment, bread and circuses

04/10/2014
After work, food and rest, the human race needs distraction and leisure for a more complete and balanced life. From ancient times to the present, civilizations have always found fun and recreation in a variety of forms, many of which would be inappropriate or illegal today. In modern life there...

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