Opinion

Stupid is as stupid does

01/13/2021
I was born in New York, and grew up there during the 1970s and 1980s. Even as the disco era came to a close, Studio 54 still pumped out the jams, hosting a who’s who of cultural icons along with hushed whispers of bacchanalia. A city that suffered in the...

Fifty years ago, a devastating oil spill galvanized Bolinas

01/13/2021
In dense fog at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, 1971, two massive Standard Oil Company tankers met in a catastrophic collision in San Francisco Bay, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of foul-smelling, gooey oil into the Bay. Fifty years later, this story is both a powerful reminder of how easily...

Pardon me, but will you pardon me?

12/30/2020
Every four or eight years, after we close out the holiday season, another begins: the season of the presidential pardon. In the lame duck lead-up to our—fingers crossed—peaceful transition of power, modern presidents have used these days to offer clemency, reprieves or pardons for a wide assortment of criminal activity...

What's in a name? Something not so sweet

12/16/2020
In the scrum of the political fight, it seems that name calling has become de rigeur. I’ve been called many things of late, including snowflake, libtard and cuck. But as much as I and the rest of my progressive cabal have tried, we haven’t been able to effectively return with...

Fake news and the new world disorder

12/09/2020
All news is fake news. There is not one version of news that is real and the rest fake. News is a subjective reality. We believe the news that conforms to our point of view. This applies to family squabbles, sports, international events and natural disasters. Reality exists in the...

Peace of mind in wildfire country: Building in resilience

11/24/2020
“By 2030, unincorporated Marin must reduce greenhouse emissions to 60 percent below levels recorded in 2005 and, by 2045, achieve carbon neutrality.” You read that here. It’s part of a broader effort to end the emissions that contribute to global warming. With Joe Biden’s victory, achieving these goals will again...

We’ll never graduate from the Electoral College

11/18/2020
In 2000, a candidate won the popular vote for president but lost the presidency, the first time that happened in 112 years. Since then, there’s been a lot of talk about Electoral College reform. After 2016, there’s been even more. Election of the president was a hot-button issue at the...

Adaptation and resilience

11/11/2020
As the climate crisis looms large in our lives, we humans are sure to renew our awareness of the strengths and weaknesses inherent in natural systems. Homo sapiens have largely forgotten that we’re not just citizens of a nation, units in an economy or channelers of creativity and culture. We’re...

Say what you want about the First Amendment

10/21/2020
The question of who, if anyone, owns the Constitution is yet another fault line in our current national fragmentation. Politicians and cable news outlets routinely question the constitutionality of every posture, provocation and decision, even in situations where the provisions of the Constitution are irrelevant. While most Americans have never...

How to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election

10/07/2020
Who and what to vote for have always been the key considerations for any excursion into the voting booth. In this strange year (alarmingly stranger by the day) we also have to navigate the intricacies of where and how to vote. My preference is a masked, socially distanced appearance at...

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