Opinion

What! Give up my cheese?

07/05/2018
If you have not already begun to at least dabble in reducing the amount of animal-based food you consume, here is some more information you might find useful if you want to be healthier, save the planet and stop killing animals at a rate of 13,300 every second worldwide. All...

The horrifying truths about Israel’s occupation

07/05/2018
Judy Spelman’s letter of June 21, countering the empathy expressed toward the people of Gaza by community leaders affiliated with Gan HaLev congregation, demands response. Though crucial missing pieces detract from the congregants’ goodwill, they are far outdone by serious misinformation in Spelman’s criticism. Particularly problematic is her implication that...

A historic presidential election in Mexico

06/21/2018
A crucial presidential election is coming up in Mexico. On July 1, more than 90 million Mexicans, some of whom reside abroad, will elect a president who, according to all surveys, will be center-leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who leads polls by more than 20 points. Obrador is followed by...

Let’s be positive and clear up misconceptions

06/14/2018
As an organic farmer in Lagunitas for the last 27 years, I must correct several misconceptions that Brian Staley seems to be laboring under in his June 7 letter. But first, a personal plea to the community: I implore everyone to make the conversation about our wishes for this land,...

Permaculture principles, subject of series, can guide valley planning

06/07/2018
Last month, a new education and film series focused on permaculture and regenerative farming kicked off at the San Geronimo Community Center, with a talk by Juliana Birnbaum, author of “Sustainable R(Evolution).” The standing-room only crowd was treated to a free taco dinner and entertainment by Connor McGuire’s fiddle music...

Importante elección presidencial en México

06/07/2018
Una crucial elección presidencial se aproxima en México. Este 1 de julio, más de 90 millones de mexicanos, algunos de los cuales viven en el extranjero, elegirán a un presidente que, según todas las encuestas, será el centro-izquierdista Andrés Manuel López Obrador, quien lidera por más de 20 puntos encuestas...

How to vote on the June 5 ballot

05/25/2018
My favorite part of the California voter information guide is the candidate statements. Each candidate for state office can buy a half-page to present his or her platform. It’s not cheap to buy the space, but most candidates do so. Yet I’m amazed that some people who fork out the...

Putting Mexican-American education on the agenda

05/25/2018
A few days after I discreetly took out papers on Feb. 22 to run for Marin County superintendent of schools, a reporter called me up and asked his first question: “Are you serious?” Well, yes, of course I was serious. After all, I had written checks for nearly $6,000, but...

Fake science and false narratives

05/17/2018
Having closely followed the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm tragedy, I saw firsthand the misuse of the National Environmental Policy Act process by park service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore. They used NEPA as a weapon against the oyster farm when no environmental impact statement was required, since no...

The California Coastal Commission’s Misguided L.C.P.

05/17/2018
As a lifelong Marshall resident, an organic dairy farmer and the founder and C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery, I feel that we as a farming community are at a crisis point due to the April 24 California Coastal Commission proposal that will undermine one of Marin’s most important agricultural areas...

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