Opinion

Correcting the record on coastal agriculture

04/19/2018
A recent article (“Bill targets ag coastal permitting,” April 5, 2018) contained a number of incorrect assertions about the Marin County local coastal program (LCP) update, including the suggestion that Marin County farmers need legislative relief from proposed restrictions in the plan. That’s baffling, because after a decade of public process, hard work and compromise on all sides, the plan approved by the commission in November 2016 significantly reduces restrictions on agricultural activities. In fact, if approved by the Board of Supervisors next week, Marin will be the only county in the state with the ability to completely waive coastal development permits for minor projects – a new LCP “tool” developed specifically to help farmers in Marin...

Food as medicine for us and the planet: The protein and calcium myths

04/05/2018
Adopting a whole food, plant-based diet not only helps reverse many diseases and improve our long-term health, but it is also good for our environment. Yet the transition can be difficult. There are two myths that keep many of us from fully committing to this lifestyle, and they come in...

Put yourself in his shoes

03/15/2018
The saying comes from English and refers to a person being better able to relate to the experience (usually negative) of another if he or she puts themselves in the life situation of that other person. Although this saying is heard more and more in Spanish, there is already the...

Day visitors versus overnight guests in West Marin

03/08/2018
As Supervisor Rodoni stated in his Jan. 11 opinion piece in the Light, “it is my responsibility to find solutions to our communities’ complex problems.” With regards to the influx of travelers in West Marin, it is vital to consider the differences between the two main groups of visitors when...

“Ponerse en los zapatos de otro”

03/01/2018
El dicho viene del inglés, y se refiere a que una persona puede entender mejor la experiencia (usualmente negativa) de otra, imaginándose por un momento en la situación de esa otra persona. Aunque esto se escucha cada vez más en español, ya existía la frase “ponerse en el lugar de...

Food is thy medicine for us and the planet: Carnism

02/22/2018
We are living in uncertain and rapidly changing times. We are being brought face-to-face with both overt and subtle racist and sexist attitudes that persist in this country and have become more visible with the election of Donald Trump. As a result, we are better able to identify and define...

Planning the future of the golf course

02/08/2018
Conversations, proposals and ideas about the future of the golf course property are surging in the valley. Golfers understandably hope to keep the course and continue to enjoy the clubhouse, bar and restaurant, while homeowners and realtors appreciate the property values enhanced by the landscaping and manicured lawns. Local agricultural...

West Marin deserves more facts before more tax

02/08/2018
Supervisor Rodoni is proposing a ballot measure to raise the Transient Occupancy Tax, the tax overnight visitors pay in West Marin, from its current 10 percent to 15 percent. The additional 5 percent would be earmarked for West Marin. Only West Marin overnight visitors would be paying the 15 percent...

A confused and hopeless Mexico

02/01/2018
The president of the United States recently spoke of immigrants from undesirable countries that he called “shitholes.” He made no mention of Mexico in his remarks but, writing from that country, where I spoke with people on the street, family members and friends and looked at newspapers, magazines and television,...

Un México confundido y desesperanzado

01/25/2018
Ahora que el presidente estadunidense habló de inmigrantes de países indeseables (“hoyos de mierda,” los llamó) estar en México (no mencionado por Trump), percibirlo desde dentro, hablar con gente de la calle, familiares y amigos, ver periódicos, revistas o televisión, encuentro una sociedad preocupada, aturdida y abrumada por diversos problemas,...

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