Opinion

Sheriff could better protect immigrants

03/22/2017
In his recent opinion piece, Sheriff Robert Doyle sought to assure constituents that his office will neither initiate contact with anyone solely for immigration purposes nor target undocumented crime victims or witnesses. He emphasized that his policy “specifically forbids participation” in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, a claim many community...

Up in smoke: The real risks of wood-burning

03/09/2017
Many people make two assumptions about wood smoke pollution in West Marin: first, that the problem isn’t significant, and second, that E.P.A.-certified wood stoves don’t pollute. Both assumptions are incorrect. Additionally, many people do not know how much wood smoke pollution affects human health and the environment. Data from the...

The brave new world of media and manipulation

03/02/2017
We are seeing a lot of media about the media, but hardly any of it addresses a core issue of our time: the sophisticated brave new world of mind control. The key words here are “big data.” Big data means all the information about an individual that is traceable in the digital age. Every click. Every swipe. Every purchase. Every search. Every like. Every move you make, we’ll be watching...

Mexico watches an empire in decline

02/23/2017
The last few months have taken an unexpected and spectacular turn with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and his frivolous, authoritarian and anti-Mexican discourse. Mexico has always been at the mercy of the “giant of the north,” and though it has been rhetorically opposed to its neighbor,...

Give me your tired, your poor

02/16/2017
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild...

México ante un imperio en decadencia

02/16/2017
La historia de los últimos meses ha dado un vuelco espectacular e inesperado con la elección de Donald Trump como presidente, su discurso frívolo y autoritario y su antimexicanismo. México siempre ha estado a merced del gigante del norte, al que se ha opuesto con retórica, pero al que sirve...

We still have each other

02/09/2017
Shortly after the presidential election, a sign appeared by the side of the road on the way out of Bolinas. In big letters painted on a piece of plywood tacked to a fence, it read: “WE STILL HAVE EACH OTHER.” When I first saw it, the knot in my belly...

Setting the record straight on Forest Knolls Wellness

02/02/2017
As a grassroots group of concerned citizens of the San Geronimo Valley opposed to a marijuana dispensary, we would like to respond to the opinion piece by Natalia Thurston published on Jan. 19 and address misinformation shared by her, an Oakland attorney. Ms. Thurston is representing an applicant who wants...

Born resisting

02/02/2017
Very few Americans of European descent have ever in their lives been face to face with fascism. I know of three in our community. They were born and raised in Europe, so they watched it all happen. The rest of us know a few things about it because we read...

Mexico in descent

01/26/2017
The year 2017 appears to Mexicans as dark and unpredictable. Not only because of the anti-Mexican declarations and actions of Donald Trump, the new and unusual United States President, but also because of the economic and political debacle that, since 2014, has made life more and more difficult in Mexico...

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