Opinion

New LCP weakens ag protection

04/14/2016
The upper Martinelli ranch is for sale, just north of Point Reyes Station. The ad said it’s a great place for a multi-family compound. No MALT easement. Three parcels totaling 1,040 acres, with an asking price of $12 million. At about $12,000 per acre, it’s priced much higher than other...

¿De veras somos iguales?

04/14/2016
“Todos somos iguales ante Dios y hemos sido creados a su imagen y semejanza,” nos repiten libros sagrados y clérigos religiosos. “Tenemos los mismos derechos y obligaciones ante la ley y gozamos de las mismas oportunidades y beneficios,” nos predican gobernantes , regulaciones y legislaciones estatales. Éstas y otras sentencias...

Seashore lawsuit is a paper tiger

04/07/2016
There is considerable confusion about the lawsuit that appears to threaten ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. This confusion was not clarified by Laura Watt’s March 24 opinion piece. Instead of addressing that suit, Dr. Watt tried to undermine environmental organizations that support seashore ranching. She is still fighting...

Nexium: Caution

03/31/2016
A recent study of drugs to reduce stomach acidity is causing doctors and patients to reevaluate their use. These drugs are known as proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s, and they are commonly used to reduce the discomfort of heartburn, a form of indigestion felt as a burning sensation in the...

The last cult in West Marin: Midcult

03/31/2016
There is a feeling in America today that things are going badly in our country and economy, and that nothing can change for the better. The despair this produces in poor and working people drives them toward Donald Trump, who is popular because, unlike opponents other than Bernie Sanders, he...

The renaissance of seashore ranching: The Salazar playbook

03/17/2016
It’s time for both sides of the Drakes Estero controversy to move on. We agree that ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore should continue—and, contrary to Corey Goodman’s claim in his March 3 column, environmental groups have made that message clear. On Feb. 23, I wrote in the Marin Independent-Journal:...

Realpolitik 2016

03/17/2016
Realpolitik: politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives. This election year has stirred up the political pot big time. It has brought a lot of crud to the surface and is now moving into a phase of all-out fisticuffs. No doubt there is...

The Pope in Mexico

03/17/2016
From February 12 to 17, Pope Francis visited Mexico both as head of the church and as head of the Vatican. Expectations were enormous, as much for Mexico’s government as for the church and its followers, of which there are some 100 million—a number that, as a percentage of Mexico’s...

El Papa en México

03/10/2016
Del 12 al 17 de febrero, el papa Francisco realizó una visita apostólica (como jefe de la Iglesia) y de estado (como jefe del Vaticano) a México. Las expectativas que generó fueron enormes, tanto para el gobierno como para la Iglesia católica y sus creyentes, que conforman unos 100 millones,...

Thought for food

03/10/2016
We’re witnessing a global collapse of the food chain. Bees are vanishing. Seafood stocks are shrinking. Overuse of pesticides and antibiotics threaten human and animal health. All the while, most Americans eat their meals without a second thought. Humans have an ethical, moral and ecological obligation to save the food...

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