Opinion

The day of kings from Point Reyes

02/07/2019
When I arrived in California and the Bay Area, my attention was drawn to the numerous Spanish place names scattered everywhere. Although some contain grammatical, syntactic and phonetic errors, their sheer numbers are impressive: Tiburon, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Lagunitas, Nicasio. I had mixed feelings about seeing my...

Being on the right side of history

01/30/2019
It was likely five decades ago when I sat at the kitchen table with my father talking about slavery, which I was learning about in school. “Our family always treated our slaves well,” my father declared somewhat defensively. I was shocked and confused. What did this mean? His family likely...

El Día de los Reyes de Point Reyes

01/23/2019
Desde mi llegada a California y al área de la bahía, llamaron mi atención los numerosos carteles en español desperdigados por doquier. Aún con errores gramaticales, sintácticos y fonéticos, la cantidad es impresionante: Tiburón, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Nicasio… me causaron sensaciones encontradas, con la familiaridad de mi...

My mini-adventure with the DMV

11/29/2018
Like every year, religiously and with anticipation, I received in the mail the envelope with the unmistakable logo of the Department of Motor Vehicles containing the invoice for the annual registration of my car. The payment, whose amount rises each year, can be made by check to the D.M.V., in...

Mi mini-aventura con el DMV

11/21/2018
Religiosamente, como cada año y con la debida anticipación, recibí el sobre por correo con las inequívocas características del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (o DMV), con la factura para pagar el registro anual de mi automóvil. El pago, mayor cada año, puede hacerse con un cheque al DMV en persona...

County's 5G legal action provides critical window of opportunity

11/15/2018
Marin County announced last month that it is filing an action in the United States Court of Appeals to challenge new rules the Federal Communications Commission issued regarding the deployment of fifth-generation cellular wireless. The law firm representing the county contends that the wireless industry wants to transform the F.C.C...

Help us work toward equity at Shoreline Unified School District

11/15/2018
On behalf of the Shoreline Unified School District and Tomales High School, we would like to address the important issues raised both at recent board meetings and in the open letter in the Light, “A history of racism at Tomales,” by Adrian Vega. We thank Mr. Vega for entering the...

Golf course property ideal for critical fire department headquarters

11/07/2018
There is one thing most West Marin residents can agree on: Fire and earthquakes are the greatest and most immediate threats to life and property in our county. But most people have no idea that the Marin County Fire Department headquarters, home to Marin’s largest fire department, is outdated, too...

Gastrointestinal health: Balance in the microbiome

11/07/2018
Nowhere in the body does the theme of ecology, balance and interconnectedness find more resonance than in the gastrointestinal system. Much has been made of the importance of probiotics, or supplemental beneficial bacteria—and rightly so, in this era of overuse of antibiotics. Then came pre-biotics, and now “synbiotics,” or prebiotics...

A history of racism at Tomales

11/01/2018
To Tomales High School and the Shoreline Unified School District, Hi, it’s been a while. As you might remember, my name is Adrian and I graduated from Tomales High back in 2015 after 12 years in the district. Since graduating, I have been attending Stanford University—a fact you like to...

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