Opinion

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,...

Algunos apuntes desde México

04/24/2019
Un viaje rápido, casi sin turismo, para tratar asuntos de familia y la posible compra de un terreno. Pero resulta inevitable hablar con la gente, palpar parte de sus emociones y sentires sobre el país y el mundo, la economía, la política, el día a día, la violencia y la...

“Roma,” Yalitza and racism

03/20/2019
Much has been said about the Mexican film “Roma,” written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and nominated for 10 Oscars and awarded three. Since Cuarón’s initial award for best film at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, he has harvested many trophies, become a worldwide phenomenon and generated pride, criticism...

Sustainable—not!

03/20/2019
The one word that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck when used to talk about our food is “sustainable.” It’s proudly rolled out by our local purveyors and producers of delicious meats and cheeses and by their numerous supporting agricultural organizations. Every advertisement, letter to...

Protecting our life-giving waters

03/07/2019
Water: I spent last week watching it flow over Northern California. In the Sierras, I reveled in crystalline snowflakes floating down to powdery depths. In the foothills, I saw land lush and green, its life energy flowing into blossoming trees. I drove home past reservoirs full to overflowing and storm-swollen...

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