Opinion

An out-of-state opinion about duck hunting in the wetland

01/28/2016
When I was a Midwestern teenager, I used to hunt ducks with my pal Hammy. For many reasons, most of them due to the grossly unfair hunting practices I found in my new home state, I quit hunting when I moved to California, but Ham’s still at it. So I...

Overheard in West Marin

01/07/2016
I heard two people talking in Inverness Park about a giant Balinese head representing the Buddha that was being transported to West Marin...

Benefits of intermittent fasting

01/07/2016
Intermittent fasting is a way of eating in which one fasts for a period of time each day. Often one eats the same amount of calories...

The resistible rise of Hillary Trump

12/23/2015
Former Marshall resident Paul Fenn told me about a cartoon produced by Otto Bauer 100 years ago in Austria. In this image, two Viennese laborers, unemployed, huddle over a barrel fire. In the background, Croats and Serbs, forced into the country like Mexicans and Central Americans into the United States...

¿Segundo idioma o idioma de segunda?

12/17/2015
Con el aumento de inmigrantes latinoamericanos, en especial en los años 90 del siglo pasado, el español se consolida como el segundo idioma de Estados Unidos. Ya lo hablan 38 millones, un 12% de una población en la que 17% son latinos. Es el quinto país hispanohablante detrás de México,...

With two new board members, Shoreline sees transitions

12/17/2015
Transitions are the theme for Shoreline Unified School District this school year. The latest happened at this month’s school board meeting on Dec. 10: Two new trustees were sworn in to take the place of two outgoing members of the board. As someone who embraces change, I am excited for...

Cultural Potholes: Organic Birdseed

12/03/2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife estimates that 672 million birds are exposed to agricultural pesticides annually in this country. Sixty-seven million die immediately, but the longer-term effects are unstudied. Most birdseed companies use pesticides on their products. That means wildlife in their growing areas are affected, as are the songbirds at...

Bringing the Paris climate talks home

11/25/2015
Representatives from 195 countries will soon gather in Paris to try to reach agreements to deal with climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping nations shift to low-carbon economies. These are the long-awaited climate talks, but because of the failure of previous confabs, many of us have lost...

Eso que llaman “Thanksgiving”

11/19/2015
Al llegar a este país, algo sabía sobre eso que llamaban Día de Acción de Gracias, una celebración extraña parecida a Navidad, según aprendí en México en algunas series televisivas y películas gringas, donde a veces mostraban a gente teniendo una gran comida en la que destacaba un pavo completo...

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