Opinion

A confused and hopeless Mexico

02/01/2018
The president of the United States recently spoke of immigrants from undesirable countries that he called “shitholes.” He made no mention of Mexico in his remarks but, writing from that country, where I spoke with people on the street, family members and friends and looked at newspapers, magazines and television,...

Un México confundido y desesperanzado

01/25/2018
Ahora que el presidente estadunidense habló de inmigrantes de países indeseables (“hoyos de mierda,” los llamó) estar en México (no mencionado por Trump), percibirlo desde dentro, hablar con gente de la calle, familiares y amigos, ver periódicos, revistas o televisión, encuentro una sociedad preocupada, aturdida y abrumada por diversos problemas,...

Earthquakes, fires and isolation point to need for microgrids

01/18/2018
The earthquake that struck the Bay Area on Jan. 4 served as a reminder that we who live in California do so with risk. While the 4.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Berkeley did little damage—other than wake folks like yours truly up from a deep slumber—it could perhaps foreshadow a much...

Prepare for North Korea attack

01/11/2018
One morning in 2018, somewhere over the Pacific, North Korea will have exploded a hydrogen bomb. The era that will have ended began on Aug. 5, 1963, when the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons...

West Marin’s visitation impacts: Transient Occupancy Tax proposal

01/11/2018
West Marin’s natural beauty and historical attractions draw many visitors to the area. Every year West Marin’s popularity has continued to grow, and with it, an influx of visitors. Although tourism is part of our history and vital to our economy, the reality is that tourism is stressing county resources...

Lagunitas Creek Bridge: Retrofit options

01/04/2018
I have spent significant amounts of time chasing fish with a spear while holding my breath, giving me insight into what a fish might need to survive in its environment. I also have considerable experience in the analysis and design of bridges—mostly Caltrans projects I worked on with private engineering...

Golf course: Do we know what we’re getting into?

01/04/2018
Do our county supervisors know what they are buying with our tax dollars? In the rush to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course for $8.85 million from the Trust for Public Land, neither the county nor the trust have disclosed a physical inspection or any research of the property’s condition...

Vegan propaganda

01/02/2018
While I generally believe that everyone should have the right to eat according to their personal beliefs and preferences, I don’t think that makes it okay to cloud important issues with propaganda based on such beliefs, which is what Dave Osborn’s opinion piece “Food as medicine for us and the...

Food as medicine for us and the planet

12/21/2017
A couple of months ago I wrote about how my personal health has been greatly improved by transitioning to an organic, plant-based diet. This is the only diet that has been proven to reverse disease: it actually helps, if not reverses, 15 of the 16 top causes of death in...

What’s a park for?

12/14/2017
“Keep your nature out of my nature” — Aaron Lucich First of all, what is a park? Zion is one, so is Yellowstone, Central, Yosemite, Gramercy, the Maasai Mara and Golden Gate Park. Then there’s Fenway, Candlestick and Comiskey Parks. They’re ball parks. Parks exist everywhere—in cities, towns, suburbs and...

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