Opinion

Restore the McClure ranch

05/26/2021
United States Representative Jared Huffman, referring to the controversy around the future of ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore, told the Environews on March 26, “As some of these ranches blink out, because they will, we’ll have chances to expand wilderness areas and maybe even we’ll be expanding elk herds...

Is West Marin ready for the wildfire season and power outages?

05/19/2021
With a record-breaking drought in the works after three successive major wildfire seasons, we clearly need to be better prepared in 2021. Luckily, local institutions are stepping up to the plate. Although utilities such as PG&E have developed some temporary fixes like public safety power shutoffs, we need longer-term solutions...

Social Security reform bill supports teachers in retirement

04/28/2021
The pandemic upended our education system last March, when schools closed and teachers and students were forced to pivot to online learning with little to no time to prepare. Laptops and iPads were frantically ordered and allotted to students, Wi-Fi hotspots were distributed to students in rural areas, and everyone...

Will the real socialist please stand up?

03/24/2021
On the heels of Congress voting to spend another $1.9 trillion on an assortment of relief programs related to the Covid pandemic, I thought it might be a good time to mention the dirtiest word in American politics: socialism. Before you race to the sink to wash your mouth out...

How to talk with your vaccine hesitant friend

03/10/2021
While most people are eager to get their Covid-19 vaccine when their turn comes, some have questions and concerns. We may even face the possibility of vaccine delayers and resisters leading to a longer pandemic, with more Covid variants and further surges in the disease. As of March 4, Marin...

A socially equitable West Marin? Yes, please!

03/03/2021
Recent reporting in the Light explored the new mandate to create 3,510 new units of affordable housing in unincorporated Marin in the next eight years. To that goal, we say: Yes, please! West Marin has nothing to fear and everything to gain with higher goals for affordable housing over the...

Inverness parcel tax: Don’t forget Measure C

02/24/2021
Almost all of the letters to the Light about the proposal for a new Inverness parcel tax to fund fire safety projects and improvements to the water system have overlooked the creation in 2019 of the Marin Wildfire Protection Authority. At that time, 17 towns and fire protection agencies, including...

Your Republican dogma ran over my Democratic karma

02/17/2021
Republicans have spent the better part of a century trying to legislate our government away in small bits and pieces. We’ve seen it in action: cutting taxes, eliminating regulations, squeezing social welfare programs, privatizing essential services, and blocking access to the ballot box. Always with a promise that we’ll be...

Making room for affordable housing

02/10/2021
A recent report from the Othering and Belonging Institute of the University of California, Berkeley specifically mentions the San Geronimo Valley as being “overwhelming white and [segregated] since it was settled….” The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that 93 percent of valley residents are white compared to 79 percent...

Inverness tax leaves big questions

02/03/2021
Everyone can agree with the frightening opening to the Inverness Foundation’s solicitation for the adoption of another Inverness Public Utility District tax: “We don’t want Inverness to be like Paradise…ravaged by…fire.” Alarmed Inverness residents are then presented with a property tax proposition authored by Seahaven residents rather than our utility...

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