Opinion

Say what you want about the First Amendment

10/21/2020
The question of who, if anyone, owns the Constitution is yet another fault line in our current national fragmentation. Politicians and cable news outlets routinely question the constitutionality of every posture, provocation and decision, even in situations where the provisions of the Constitution are irrelevant. While most Americans have never...

How to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election

10/07/2020
Who and what to vote for have always been the key considerations for any excursion into the voting booth. In this strange year (alarmingly stranger by the day) we also have to navigate the intricacies of where and how to vote. My preference is a masked, socially distanced appearance at...

The real Party of Lincoln

09/30/2020
With the Democratic and Republican parties in a vexed battle for the heart, soul and vote of every American, I can’t help but find surprise in how often Donald Trump adamantly and smugly reminds me that he is leading the Party of Lincoln. He’s gone so far as to topple...

The power of seeing ourselves as others see us

08/12/2020
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" These immortal words by the beloved 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns take on a new meaning in the time of Zoom. Burns, the son of a tenant farmer, died when he was only 37 years...

Point Reyes National Seashore: New vision, or enduring myth?

07/29/2020
The founding myth of the Point Reyes National Seashore, that it was born of a partnership between environmentalists and willing agriculturalists, is just that: myth. Land was acquired to create the seashore through a series of pressured buyouts and threats of eminent domain—and yes, the cooperation of a few willing...

Park service ignores public health risk of cattle disease at seashore

07/22/2020
The widespread public health crisis caused by Covid-19 raises serious concerns about the risks of zoonotic diseases—those that jump from animal species to humans and crop up in unexpected ways, with serious consequences. Other zoonotic diseases, including Ebola, MERS, HIV, bovine tuberculosis, rabies and leptospirosis cause over 2 billion cases...

A new vision for the coast

07/15/2020
The Marin ranch wars are underway over the seashore’s general management plan. Whoever loses will sue the other side, and so it will go on for many years. Yet if we look at the dairy and cattle sectors’ prospects and take a long view of coastal protection in the 21st...

Toward a culture of sustainable food production

07/08/2020
Our region will someday emerge from the pandemic with a fresh way of thinking about the way we live and the way we use, share and value our resources, especially food. The accelerated change taking place now is a chance for us to reprioritize our values toward a local, sustainable,...

On racism and the labeling of ‘people of color’

07/01/2020
The momentous protests in support of Black Lives Matter represent a landmark movement for all of the oppressed, calling for justice and exposing the deep-seated hypocrisy of American exceptionalism. The “I can’t breathe” of George Floyd is the prototype of all racial suffering. Systemic racism in our country is caught...

Pull down the signs: Our symbols teach values

06/24/2020
Over the last two weeks I’ve watched a debate on the West Marin Feed Facebook page between those who propose changing the name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and those who can’t stomach the idea. The debate is passionate and sometimes ugly in tenor. The “dialogue” reminds me of the...

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