Opinion

Primaries: Complex and confusing

05/12/2016
Monday, May 23 is the last day to register for California’s important June 7 primary election—important due to the decisive role primaries have in determining presidential and U.S. Senate candidates. California has semi-closed primaries, a confusing and complicated arrangement whose simplest rule is that if a voter is registered with...

The dangerous roads of West Marin

05/12/2016
Ah, the joy of cruising down a winding country road alongside redwoods, fields of cows and other Point Reyes scenery. What could be dangerous? Call it the need for speed. Crazed drivers in hot cars, super-fast motorcycles driven by people who see roads as a roller-coaster thrill ride. Add to...

Why Bernie?

05/12/2016
Because you can’t vote out of fear. You have to vote for what you hope to achieve, not what you are afraid to lose. The feared misanthropic society that Trump would inaugurate effectively already exists. Republicans dominate the majority of state legislatures and have attacked voting and labor rights. Obama...

Progress

05/11/2016
For thousands of years, humans have changed our environment to suit our needs. We have built cities, multiplied into the billions, wiped out predators, herded, farmed and created pesticides and GMOs. We make machines fly through air and space and have denuded huge swaths of the planet’s surface. We have...

County should control tourism

05/11/2016
Residents in Muir Beach and Stinson Beach have complained for years about traffic and parking jams on weekends and in summer; now Bolinas is becoming dangerously crowded with tourist traffic backups preventing emergency vehicles from getting to where they are needed. At Muir Woods, the park service is being sued...

The latest on your spleen

05/05/2016
Here are three things you should know about your spleen: it filters blood and holds a reserve of red blood cells in case of emergency, it is an important part of your immune system, and it is connected directly to the brain through the vagus nerve. Think of this organ—which...

Bio-hacking joy

05/05/2016
Dear Ms. Magpie, I just discovered that if I stick electrodes on my head and attach them to a 9-volt battery, I feel wonderful! I want to tell everyone, but I’m afraid they’ll think I’m crazy. This is not a joke. Sincerely, All Lit Up I understand your fear of...

Fish Tales

05/05/2016
When I call up Royal Hawaiian Seafood Co. most days, I talk about fish types, price and sustainability. The fishmongers’ voices are quick and specific. This morning, however, I called later, and we strayed into other topics: flavor likes and dislikes, empty calories and the way the body processes already...

Are we truly equal?

04/28/2016
“We are all equal before God and are created in his image and likeness,” our sacred books and clergy say. “We have the same rights and obligations under the law and enjoy the same opportunities and benefits,” preach our leaders, government legislation and laws. These and similar words are heard...

It is Earth Day

04/21/2016
It is Earth Day, a day set aside to celebrate our beautiful, sacred planetary home, our life-sustaining, beloved habitat. It is a day to consider how we can protect what we stand to lose. I’ve been reflecting on my relationship to the earth. Am I aligning myself to her restorative...

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