Opinion

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people have no idea that the Marin County Fire Department headquarters, home to Marin’s largest fire department, is outdated, too...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...

Shrew got some ‘splaining to do!

10/25/2018
It’s been over a month since we finished our fifth and final performance of the “Taming of the Shrew” at Saint Columba’s amphitheater in Inverness. Although in certain ways we were just getting warmed up, I joked with my fellow cast members that if we were to continue performing, I’d...

Why we need W

10/25/2018
You probably know by now that Measure W will bring approximately $1.2 million back to West Marin every year. Those funds will be split evenly between acute local needs for community housing—housing that is affordable based on local wages and salaries—and emergency services. What you may not know is how...

Reflections by a nutrivore

10/18/2018
I share many similar views and opinions with Dave Osborn, my father and the author of several guest columns published in the Light, including the recent “Vegetarian versus vegan: Food as Medicine for Us and the Planet.” I agree that current practices in animal agriculture, especially the dairy industry, are...

Vegetarian versus vegan

10/04/2018
As we begin our journey toward a better and healthier plant-based lifestyle, we have a choice to make: Should we be vegetarian or vegan? And what’s the difference? A vegan is someone who follows a vegetarian diet—plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, legumes—that excludes meat, eggs and dairy products. A vegetarian,...

5G: Rollout or roll over?

09/27/2018
The Marin General Services Authority quietly entered into a lease agreement with telecom giants Mobilitie/AT&T and Verizon in July 2017. The agreement allows for a dense distribution of hundreds of cell towers—known by the misnomer “small cell facilities”—throughout Marin County, including in unincorporated areas. The process did not include public...

Youth should speak up against supply and demand's brutal calculus

09/20/2018
In his Sept. 13 column titled “Supply and demand, a simple but brutal concept,” Victor Reyes uses the metaphor of an apple vendor to illustrate the capitalist market principle of supply and demand. Given 10 apples and a variable number of consumers, prices will reach a market equilibrium. Simple economics...

Supply and demand, a simple but brutal concept

09/12/2018
To illustrate the so-called law of supply and demand, let’s imagine I have 10 apples to sell. If 10 buyers are willing to give me $1 per apple, no problem; however, if I have only five buyers, I may have to convince each to take two apples at a lower...

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