Opinion

The power of seeing ourselves as others see us

08/12/2020
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" These immortal words by the beloved 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns take on a new meaning in the time of Zoom. Burns, the son of a tenant farmer, died when he was only 37 years...

Point Reyes National Seashore: New vision, or enduring myth?

07/29/2020
The founding myth of the Point Reyes National Seashore, that it was born of a partnership between environmentalists and willing agriculturalists, is just that: myth. Land was acquired to create the seashore through a series of pressured buyouts and threats of eminent domain—and yes, the cooperation of a few willing...

Park service ignores public health risk of cattle disease at seashore

07/22/2020
The widespread public health crisis caused by Covid-19 raises serious concerns about the risks of zoonotic diseases—those that jump from animal species to humans and crop up in unexpected ways, with serious consequences. Other zoonotic diseases, including Ebola, MERS, HIV, bovine tuberculosis, rabies and leptospirosis cause over 2 billion cases...

A new vision for the coast

07/15/2020
The Marin ranch wars are underway over the seashore’s general management plan. Whoever loses will sue the other side, and so it will go on for many years. Yet if we look at the dairy and cattle sectors’ prospects and take a long view of coastal protection in the 21st...

Toward a culture of sustainable food production

07/08/2020
Our region will someday emerge from the pandemic with a fresh way of thinking about the way we live and the way we use, share and value our resources, especially food. The accelerated change taking place now is a chance for us to reprioritize our values toward a local, sustainable,...

On racism and the labeling of ‘people of color’

07/01/2020
The momentous protests in support of Black Lives Matter represent a landmark movement for all of the oppressed, calling for justice and exposing the deep-seated hypocrisy of American exceptionalism. The “I can’t breathe” of George Floyd is the prototype of all racial suffering. Systemic racism in our country is caught...

Pull down the signs: Our symbols teach values

06/24/2020
Over the last two weeks I’ve watched a debate on the West Marin Feed Facebook page between those who propose changing the name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and those who can’t stomach the idea. The debate is passionate and sometimes ugly in tenor. The “dialogue” reminds me of the...

A chance to model holistic land stewardship

06/17/2020
I grew up on the mean streets of Nicasio. My childhood involved romping around looking for cow skulls in the hills and coming back with poison oak. Try as I might, I couldn’t kick the habit of crawling around outside and now run a small native landscaping business in Los...

Seashore ranching: Politics over science

06/17/2020
When I speak to people about the Point Reyes National Seashore, the first things they imagine are Douglas firs with glistening lichen hanging from their branches, the sound of the ocean crashing, the howls of the elephant seals and the caws of hawks. They hear the bugle of the tule...

On building an anti-racist consciousness

06/10/2020
I am writing to denounce a local instance of racially offensive media that hurt members of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community in West Marin, and to use the example as an entry point to educate readers on how to begin to create an anti-racist consciousness. While I write with the...

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