Opinion

Day visitors versus overnight guests in West Marin

03/08/2018
As Supervisor Rodoni stated in his Jan. 11 opinion piece in the Light, “it is my responsibility to find solutions to our communities’ complex problems.” With regards to the influx of travelers in West Marin, it is vital to consider the differences between the two main groups of visitors when...

“Ponerse en los zapatos de otro”

03/01/2018
El dicho viene del inglés, y se refiere a que una persona puede entender mejor la experiencia (usualmente negativa) de otra, imaginándose por un momento en la situación de esa otra persona. Aunque esto se escucha cada vez más en español, ya existía la frase “ponerse en el lugar de...

Food is thy medicine for us and the planet: Carnism

02/22/2018
We are living in uncertain and rapidly changing times. We are being brought face-to-face with both overt and subtle racist and sexist attitudes that persist in this country and have become more visible with the election of Donald Trump. As a result, we are better able to identify and define...

Planning the future of the golf course

02/08/2018
Conversations, proposals and ideas about the future of the golf course property are surging in the valley. Golfers understandably hope to keep the course and continue to enjoy the clubhouse, bar and restaurant, while homeowners and realtors appreciate the property values enhanced by the landscaping and manicured lawns. Local agricultural...

West Marin deserves more facts before more tax

02/08/2018
Supervisor Rodoni is proposing a ballot measure to raise the Transient Occupancy Tax, the tax overnight visitors pay in West Marin, from its current 10 percent to 15 percent. The additional 5 percent would be earmarked for West Marin. Only West Marin overnight visitors would be paying the 15 percent...

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...

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