Opinion

Why we are choosing to slow down and not pivot online

06/03/2020
As the Covid-19 crisis has escalated, much of our world has increasingly shifted online. Although our organization, Black Mountain Circle, exists online, we haven’t previously invested a lot of energy into building that presence. Our entire organization is, in fact, based around gathering people together. This meant that when the...

The alchemy of quarantine

05/20/2020
Ancient alchemy was a process by which medieval wizard-like explorers searched for a mystical substance called “the philosopher’s stone.” They believed this substance could turn lead into gold, heal sickness and even grant immortality. The theme of their endeavors was combining opposites, often depicted as the union of man and...

Housing and the turning points in the Covid-19 crisis

05/13/2020
West Marin is a tourist economy with a large proportion of second-home ownership. Even before shelter-in-place, tourism service workers did not earn enough to afford homes in West Marin. Hospitality jobs pay an average of $3,200 a month and these workers can afford $1,000 a month in rent; meanwhile, rental...

Covid-19 and diet

05/13/2020
This is a precarious and frightening time for all of us, but hope is not lost: We can protect ourselves from the coronavirus and prevent pandemics like this from happening again by the simple, individual action of eating a plant-based diet. Covid-19 jumped into the human population from bats via...

The best of times and the worst of times

04/29/2020
The dance of the extremes is in full swing, with opposites whirling like the yin-yang symbol gone berserk. Drop-dead gorgeous clouds pass overhead while the storm vibration of a life-and-death crisis wells up beneath us. Where do we put our feet? Where do we put our faith? For the first...

Don’t let fears trample vital civil liberties

04/15/2020
I’m concerned about posts on Nextdoor seeking to shame or calling police on people not wearing masks on public roads. Wearing masks is not a legal requirement in Marin County; it is only a recommendation. There is a legal difference. Posts like this can incite people to start harassing their...

The ongoing struggle for rights and recognition

03/11/2020
A new study released by the United Nations on gender social norms to mark International Women’s Day reveals that, despite decades of progress in closing the equality gap between men and women, close to 90 percent of men and women globally hold some sort of bias against women, providing new...

The vision of Sen. Bernie Sanders

02/26/2020
On my Super Tuesday ballot I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. Why? I’m a social conservative—the last in my line of Midwestern Republicans—born into white privilege, educated, traveled and independently minded. In my view, politicians and the media aren’t telling the truth—about our economy, climate science, our future, and...

Your local votes on the March 3 ballot matter

02/12/2020
Money. Money. Money. Election time is just around the corner, and money has emerged as a dominant theme of this year’s ballot. It was the late, bigger-than-life Jesse Unruh, California’s “Big Daddy” assembly speaker throughout the 1960s, who is best remembered for his maxim, “Money is the mother’s milk of...

Yes on D is a vote for democracy

02/12/2020
The beautifully designed San Geronimo Golf Course has been at the center of the valley for 50 years. The San Geronimo Valley Community Plan states that the course “represents an important visual and recreational resource in the valley. Future uses should be limited to those which support the primary use...

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