Opinion

The plan to get rid of the ranchers

01/09/2014
A few years ago, Don Neubacher, at the time the superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, provided a troubling story to one of us—Phyllis Faber, who was then a board member of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association—saying the National Park Service had a “plan” to rid the seashore of...

West Marin’s own community foundation

01/03/2014
This is the first in a series of columns discussing the West Marin Fund, a community foundation formed in 2010 to address the significant and unmet needs of coastal Marin communities and the nonprofits that serve them. What follows is an overview of the foundation; subsequent columns will look more...

México en 2013

01/03/2014
A primera vista todo parecería normal: gente yendo y viniendo a pie, en autos, autobuses, motocicletas o bicicletas; gran movimiento en tiendas, centros comerciales, mercados y restaurantes; paseando en el centro de la ciudad, parques y lugares de interés, iglesias, museos y más, todos metidos en la gran espiral decembrina...

Devotees of boots

12/27/2013
I saw them everywhere while waiting for the Airporter early in the morning, I saw some on the bus. At the airport I began seeing more and more of them. While waiting in line to check in for the flight, the parade of boots was endless. With the obligatory rush...

The tradeoff is clear for the Farallon Islands

12/27/2013
Every day we face tradeoffs concerning our own and our environment’s wellbeing. Do we fly back to New York for Christmas despite the chances of a plane crash, catching the flu or adding to our carbon footprint? Are the conveniences of driving to Fairfax as opposed to taking the Stage,...

Devotas de las botas

12/19/2013
Las he visto por doquier desde que muy temprano esperaba el aeroportero. Noté algunas en el autobús. Ya en el aeropuerto, empecé a observarlas cada vez más; primero, mientras esperaba turno en la cola para checar el vuelo. El desfile ahí fue interminable, junto al apurado ir y venir del...

Fear of facts

12/05/2013
When I was a student at Stanford, one of the things I enjoyed most was the way scientists debated facts. No claim could be made without data to back it up, and all data were subject to robust scrutiny and examined for holes and errors. That was how we were...

El milagro del Tepeyac

12/05/2013
Desde tiempos ancestrales, pueblos y culturas han desarrollado mitos, creencias, leyendas y tradiciones que les dan trascendencia e identidad a través del tiempo. Se dice que la cultura que vivimos de este lado del planeta es judeo-cristiana-occidental, pues muchas cosas que hacemos o nos identifican hoy derivan de la antigua...

El “tensgivin”

11/14/2013
Entre los inmigrantes que ya tienen un buen tiempo de estar aquí ya no es novedad; para los recién llegados, en cambio, puede resultar algo totalmente nuevo y, a veces, hasta confuso. Cada fin de noviembre todos en este país celebran una fiesta familiar con características especiales que sólo son...

Obesity, diabetes and Coca-Cola in Mexico

10/31/2013
I remember as a child that it was a symbol of status and good taste for people to eat meals with a bottle of soda on the table. On special occasions and birthdays, Mama sent us to the store next door to buy three large Coca-Colas—there were eight of us...

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