Opinion

September: Month of independences

09/21/2017
Mexico, Central America—with the exception of Panama—and Chile celebrate their independence in September. All were colonies since the Spanish Conquest, and their independence struggles commenced in the early 18th century, processes stemming from the United States’ independence from Great Britain in 1776. Their struggles concluded much later, with the creation...

Septiembre, mes de independencias

09/14/2017
México, Centroamérica—exceptuando Panamá—y Chile celebran su independencia en septiembre. Hay que recordar que eran colonias españolas desde la conquista, y que sus luchas independentistas desde principios del siglo 18 derivaron de un proceso iniciado el siglo anterior con la independencia de Estados Unidos de Gran Bretaña en 1776, que concluyó...

Racism and discrimination persist

08/31/2017
Assertions of superiority by one human group with respect to another based on differing ethnic or racial characteristics appear to be part of humanity since time immemorial. Throughout our known history, we can see innumerable examples on every continent, many of which persist today. Racism and discrimination almost always happen...

El racismo y la discriminación persisten

08/24/2017
Las expresiones de superioridad e inferioridad de un grupo humano con respecto a otro con base en las características étnicas o raciales que los diferencian, parecen haber acompañado a la humanidad desde tiempos inmemoriales. Diferentes momentos de la historia conocida en todos los continentes nos muestra innumerables ejemplos, muchos de...

Let’s talk about race relations in West Marin

08/17/2017
“To engage in a serious discussion of race in America, we must begin not with the problems of black people but with the flaws of American society—flaws rooted in historic inequities and longstanding cultural stereotypes.” — Cornel West’s “Race Matters” I am a white man living in West Marin who...

Food as medicine for us and the planet

08/10/2017
Almost 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Was the guy nuts? Certainly he could not have known that the western medical establishment and the drug, meat, dairy and oil industries would fight hard against the spread of such a revolutionary idea...

Moonrise Kingdom should proceed based on its merits

08/03/2017
We’ve been looking over the record of the county’s approval—at three levels so far—of Moonrise Kingdom, the residential restoration project in Inverness. The more we read, the more puzzled we become about why the plans have been appealed again. The secluded site on Vision Road was developed in a folksy,...

The Marin cannabis complex

07/27/2017
Almost everywhere in Marin, except perhaps in Fairfax, where Lynnette Shaw runs the only legal medical marijuana dispensary in the county, there’s strong opposition to dispensaries, though citizens vote overwhelmingly in favor of both medical and recreational marijuana when pot is on the ballot. How to explain that seeming paradox?...

Please, Prime Minister Trudeau: A modest request for help on health care

07/20/2017
It is hard not to be horrified as Congress bends the health care regulations from the rhetoric of “repeal and replace” to the reality of “reveal and disgrace.” What is it in the national character that allows our representatives to throw millions off health care to fund a tax cut...

We don’t need to replace the bridge

07/12/2017
What happens after the “big one” hits Point Reyes Station? The Green Bridge project engineers have misled us into focusing on the potential of the historic crossing’s failure in a large earthquake. Yet the chance of a magnitude 6.7 quake within 10 miles of town is about 0.001 in 30...

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