Opinion

Recreate-Gate and the public-private failure

03/12/2015
With the stroke of a pen, the National Park Service has set the stage for a sweeping transformation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, despite broad-based opposition by thousands of individuals and numerous public officials. Its new General Management Plan was signed in to the federal registry on Jan...

What about this measles scare?

03/12/2015
What about this measles scare? To date, we haven’t seen any cases of measles, or measles-like illness, at any of our three health centers, nor have we heard of any cases in West Marin. According to the Marin County health department, two cases have been documented in Marin, but their...

Vaccination: A personal and professional plea

02/23/2015
The urge to protect one’s children is one of the strongest known to humans, so when questions are raised about the safety of vaccines, many parents have concerns—and even forego the shots—even though protecting ourselves from serious disease is why vaccines exist. This is particularly true in Marin, so much...

Beatificación de Monseñor Romero

02/19/2015
Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Arzobispo de San Salvador desde 1977, fue asesinado el 24 de marzo de 1980 por un sicario, mientras oficiaba misa en una capilla de la capital salvadoreña. A pesar de pertenecer al Opus Dei, organización ultra conservadora dentro de la Iglesia católica, Monseñor Romero pronto se dio...

Local Coastal Program alert

02/19/2015
Last May, the California Coastal Commission approved updates to the Marin County Local Coastal Program, which was developed from 2009 to 2014. The program guides all human activities in the county’s coastal zone, which includes the majority of West Marin’s communities. The next step in the process is for the...

Lucia’s dreams

02/05/2015
The daughter of a typical 1950s Mexican middle-class family, Lucía grew up over-protected, both physically and religiously, in order to preserve her virginity until marriage. She received a careful education at a Catholic school run by nuns and constant care from her maiden aunts, with whom she grew up. Perhaps...

Disney, el sueño de Lucía

01/29/2015
Como hija de cualquier familia de la creciente clase media mexicana de los años cincuenta, Lucía se crió sobreprotegida, religiosa y físicamente, para preservar la idea de la virginidad hasta el matrimonio. Para ello, recibió una educación esmerada en un colegio de monjas, además de los cuidados permanentes de sus...

The products of remittances

01/15/2015
During my stay in Mexico, a nephew of mine invited me to join him and his wife and their small daughter on a visit to land they had bought in the country, an hour and a half from the city’s bustle, in the Sierra Norte. The idea, he explained, was...

Producto de las remesas

01/08/2015
Durante mi estancia en México, un sobrino me invitó a ir con su esposa y su pequeña hija a visitar el terreno que compraron en una zona campestre, apartada del bullicio urbano, a hora y media de la ciudad, sobre la Sierra Norte. La idea, me explicaban, es aprovechar precios...

When it comes to salmon, trust the trained biologists

01/08/2015
I was shocked to read an opinion piece you printed titled “The myths about coho,” written by a local self-described fisherman. I will not go into the various conspiracies suggested by Russell Chatham about Roy’s ladder and San Geronimo Creek’s name, but will instead address some other cynical and misleading...

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