Opinion

Let’s be positive and clear up misconceptions

06/14/2018
As an organic farmer in Lagunitas for the last 27 years, I must correct several misconceptions that Brian Staley seems to be laboring under in his June 7 letter. But first, a personal plea to the community: I implore everyone to make the conversation about our wishes for this land,...

Permaculture principles, subject of series, can guide valley planning

06/07/2018
Last month, a new education and film series focused on permaculture and regenerative farming kicked off at the San Geronimo Community Center, with a talk by Juliana Birnbaum, author of “Sustainable R(Evolution).” The standing-room only crowd was treated to a free taco dinner and entertainment by Connor McGuire’s fiddle music...

Importante elección presidencial en México

06/07/2018
Una crucial elección presidencial se aproxima en México. Este 1 de julio, más de 90 millones de mexicanos, algunos de los cuales viven en el extranjero, elegirán a un presidente que, según todas las encuestas, será el centro-izquierdista Andrés Manuel López Obrador, quien lidera por más de 20 puntos encuestas...

How to vote on the June 5 ballot

05/25/2018
My favorite part of the California voter information guide is the candidate statements. Each candidate for state office can buy a half-page to present his or her platform. It’s not cheap to buy the space, but most candidates do so. Yet I’m amazed that some people who fork out the...

Putting Mexican-American education on the agenda

05/25/2018
A few days after I discreetly took out papers on Feb. 22 to run for Marin County superintendent of schools, a reporter called me up and asked his first question: “Are you serious?” Well, yes, of course I was serious. After all, I had written checks for nearly $6,000, but...

Fake science and false narratives

05/17/2018
Having closely followed the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm tragedy, I saw firsthand the misuse of the National Environmental Policy Act process by park service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore. They used NEPA as a weapon against the oyster farm when no environmental impact statement was required, since no...

The California Coastal Commission’s Misguided L.C.P.

05/17/2018
As a lifelong Marshall resident, an organic dairy farmer and the founder and C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery, I feel that we as a farming community are at a crisis point due to the April 24 California Coastal Commission proposal that will undermine one of Marin’s most important agricultural areas...

A visitor’s perspective on the Point Reyes National Seashore

05/10/2018
Note: A correction to this op-ed is posted below. The Point Reyes National Seashore is a superb natural area, about 71,000 acres in size, and is in many respects without parallel in the national park system. Its south-most corner is less than 30 miles from the teeming metropolitan areas surrounding...

Your saint’s day

05/10/2018
A cake made of eggnog and fruit appeared in front of me on the enormous dining room table, with four candles on top. Everyone began to congratulate me, smiling and singing “Las Mañanitas.” I was just 4 years old, and very shy. An overwhelming and irrepressible emotion choked my throat...

Where has county supervisors’ common sense gone?

05/03/2018
It would be fascinating to know when an elected supervisor’s brain switches from common sense to special interest sense. Consider the following facts: West Marin has approximately 110,000 acres in two national parks; 11,000 acres in four state parks; and 6,000 acres in eight county parks and nine county open...

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