Opinion

Moonrise Kingdom should proceed based on its merits

08/03/2017
We’ve been looking over the record of the county’s approval—at three levels so far—of Moonrise Kingdom, the residential restoration project in Inverness. The more we read, the more puzzled we become about why the plans have been appealed again. The secluded site on Vision Road was developed in a folksy,...

The Marin cannabis complex

07/27/2017
Almost everywhere in Marin, except perhaps in Fairfax, where Lynnette Shaw runs the only legal medical marijuana dispensary in the county, there’s strong opposition to dispensaries, though citizens vote overwhelmingly in favor of both medical and recreational marijuana when pot is on the ballot. How to explain that seeming paradox?...

Please, Prime Minister Trudeau: A modest request for help on health care

07/20/2017
It is hard not to be horrified as Congress bends the health care regulations from the rhetoric of “repeal and replace” to the reality of “reveal and disgrace.” What is it in the national character that allows our representatives to throw millions off health care to fund a tax cut...

We don’t need to replace the bridge

07/12/2017
What happens after the “big one” hits Point Reyes Station? The Green Bridge project engineers have misled us into focusing on the potential of the historic crossing’s failure in a large earthquake. Yet the chance of a magnitude 6.7 quake within 10 miles of town is about 0.001 in 30...

The weak Mexican democracy

07/06/2017
Seventeen years ago, Mexicans believed they had finally achieved a truly democratic government with the election of a president different from those of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or P.R.I., who had governed for 71 years under a sophisticated simulation of democracy. For the first time, an independent citizen electoral institute...

La débil democracia mexicana

06/29/2017
Hace 17 años los mexicanos creyeron que finalmente accedían a una verdadera democracia, cuando eligieron a un presidente de un partido distinto al que los había gobernado por 71 años bajo una sofisticada simulación democrática. Por primera vez, un instituto ciudadano electoral independiente se hizo cargo de la elección y...

My reasons for asking Caltrans to redo bridge study

06/22/2017
Until Thursday’s community meeting on the Green Bridge, I had assumed, for seismic and structural reasons, that the bridge needed to be replaced. I had relied on my neighbors and friends of Mary Whitney’s animal hospital to advocate for the least disruptive solution. Yet after listening to community comments and...

Beef and ballet in Bolinas

06/22/2017
Rancher Guido Frosini describes “SOLIS”—a sumptuous outdoor dance event that will take place in Bolinas this July—as “beef and ballet.” That’s a cheeky way of putting it, and a sign of his love of words. The event’s instigators—Julia Adam, a dancer and choreographer, and her husband, Aaron Lucich, the producer—have...

Dear Ivanka—Sorry about the brand name

06/15/2017
The party of, by and for the billionaires is proving a very important point: the love of money trumps the love of your neighbor. The winners in this floundering version of government are the wheeler-dealers of the industrial-military complex and the losers are the very people who were beguiled into...

Moonrise Kingdom is too big for Inverness

06/08/2017
On June 12, the Marin County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider an appeal from the Inverness Association of the county’s earlier approval of a coastal development permit for the Moonrise Kingdom project at the top of Vision Road, next to the national seashore. As it is...

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