Opinion

Mujeres al abordaje

09/05/2019
Entre los problemas más serios de la creciente violencia contra los diversos grupos sociales de México, se ha destacado la ejercida contra las mujeres. No sólo es violencia física, sexual, sicológica y verbal que por desgracia se da en el ámbito familiar, sino que ahora se les mata sólo por...

Stacking the deck against ranching

08/15/2019
In our op-ed last month, we criticized Point Reyes National Seashore officials for spending millions of taxpayer dollars on planning efforts that produce many documents but few binding results. For example, the 1998 elk management plan and environment assessment gained the status of law when it was registered with the...

Activating the Green New Deal: A community conversation

08/15/2019
“The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world.” — Johanna Macy Most people in West Marin believe that climate change poses a major existential threat to humanity. Around here, the science of climate change...

Autoimmune disease and the gut

08/07/2019
Over the last several months I have attempted to make a case for the urgency of shifting to a plant-based diet because of the immense impacts animal agriculture has on our planet. I hoped to show how our cultural attitudes shape our way of eating, and how eating a plant-based...

Conflict as fertile ground: Mediation in West Marin

07/31/2019
Got conflict? If so, not to worry. It’s a normal and natural part of life and we all experience it. It’s the escalation of suffering that often arises from conflict that can be prevented—through skillful communication. Conflict can be fertile ground for transformation into a peaceful and productive path forward...

The mythical park planning process

07/18/2019
For decades now, National Park Service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore have been conducting formal planning processes, one after another. But for all the time and money spent on planning, nothing seems to stick. In 1998, the seashore published an elk management plan and environmental assessment that stated,...

Is Spanish in the U.S. the language of functional illiterates?

07/10/2019
Teachers, counselors and people who deal with Latino families are wondering why so many Latino children prefer to speak English, despite the fact that their immigrant parents speak to them in Spanish. They urge parents to insist on bilingualism in hopes that the children will not lose their language. Nevertheless,...

Helicopters, poison have no place at the Farallones

07/03/2019
The bizarre quote in your June 27 story on the Farallon Islands poison plan, from Doug Cordell, spokesman for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, that “there really has not been a groundswell of opposition and vigorous antipathy to this date” stopped me in my tracks. Mr. Cordell should...

¿Es el español en E.U. una lengua de analfabetos funcionales?

06/26/2019
Maestros, consejeros y personas que tratan con familias latinas se preguntan por qué muchos niños prefieren hablar inglés aunque sus padres inmigrantes les hablen en español. Les recomiendan insistir, con la esperanza de que no pierdan su idioma y sean bilingües. Sin embargo, lo hablan menos, deteriorándose hasta que la...

Some notes from Mexico

05/02/2019
My annual trip this year was quick and almost without tourism, meant to deal with family matters and the possible purchase of land. But it is impossible not to talk to the people—not to feel their feelings about the country and the world, the economy and politics, violence and crime,...

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