Opinion

Social Security reform bill supports teachers in retirement

04/28/2021
The pandemic upended our education system last March, when schools closed and teachers and students were forced to pivot to online learning with little to no time to prepare. Laptops and iPads were frantically ordered and allotted to students, Wi-Fi hotspots were distributed to students in rural areas, and everyone...

Will the real socialist please stand up?

03/24/2021
On the heels of Congress voting to spend another $1.9 trillion on an assortment of relief programs related to the Covid pandemic, I thought it might be a good time to mention the dirtiest word in American politics: socialism. Before you race to the sink to wash your mouth out...

How to talk with your vaccine hesitant friend

03/10/2021
While most people are eager to get their Covid-19 vaccine when their turn comes, some have questions and concerns. We may even face the possibility of vaccine delayers and resisters leading to a longer pandemic, with more Covid variants and further surges in the disease. As of March 4, Marin...

A socially equitable West Marin? Yes, please!

03/03/2021
Recent reporting in the Light explored the new mandate to create 3,510 new units of affordable housing in unincorporated Marin in the next eight years. To that goal, we say: Yes, please! West Marin has nothing to fear and everything to gain with higher goals for affordable housing over the...

Inverness parcel tax: Don’t forget Measure C

02/24/2021
Almost all of the letters to the Light about the proposal for a new Inverness parcel tax to fund fire safety projects and improvements to the water system have overlooked the creation in 2019 of the Marin Wildfire Protection Authority. At that time, 17 towns and fire protection agencies, including...

Your Republican dogma ran over my Democratic karma

02/17/2021
Republicans have spent the better part of a century trying to legislate our government away in small bits and pieces. We’ve seen it in action: cutting taxes, eliminating regulations, squeezing social welfare programs, privatizing essential services, and blocking access to the ballot box. Always with a promise that we’ll be...

Making room for affordable housing

02/10/2021
A recent report from the Othering and Belonging Institute of the University of California, Berkeley specifically mentions the San Geronimo Valley as being “overwhelming white and [segregated] since it was settled….” The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that 93 percent of valley residents are white compared to 79 percent...

Inverness tax leaves big questions

02/03/2021
Everyone can agree with the frightening opening to the Inverness Foundation’s solicitation for the adoption of another Inverness Public Utility District tax: “We don’t want Inverness to be like Paradise…ravaged by…fire.” Alarmed Inverness residents are then presented with a property tax proposition authored by Seahaven residents rather than our utility...

Why you should get the Covid-19 vaccine

01/20/2021
Some people are concerned about taking the new vaccine. Should you get it now, wait, or take a pass? As a physician in the Bay Area, I jumped at the chance to get vaccinated out of fear of bringing the virus home to my family or infecting my patients. But...

Fifty years ago, a devastating oil spill galvanized Bolinas

01/13/2021
In dense fog at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, 1971, two massive Standard Oil Company tankers met in a catastrophic collision in San Francisco Bay, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of foul-smelling, gooey oil into the Bay. Fifty years later, this story is both a powerful reminder of how easily...

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