Opinion

Defending a legacy

06/08/2017
Barry Shapiro When most of us think of what West Marin offers, great food, beautiful hikes, pristine wilderness and scenic drives may come to mind. With the power of Mother Nature everywhere around us, we may spend less time thinking of the positive things that stem from human ingenuity. Four...

Cinco de Mayo in the United States

06/01/2017
Among the surprises I received as a newcomer to this country 30 years ago was the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It’s an important, though secondary, patriotic celebration in Mexico that did not seem to justify the extensive ads I saw in newspapers and stores here, with sales of beer...

Green Bridge: It’s all about scale

05/25/2017
Caltrans’ recently released draft environmental impact report is the latest step in the process to replace the Green Bridge with a more structurally sound version. Our community has been very involved in the project, from convincing Caltrans to hold more community meetings than it normally provides and to send newsletters...

Caltrans dupes bridge working group, denies community retrofit option

05/25/2017
I come to Caltrans’ Green Bridge project with an insider’s perspective. I have practiced environmental and natural resources law since 1985. My clients include any type of public or private entity proposing a land-use project with significant environmental issues, including ranchers, developers, timber and mining companies, renewable energy companies, cities...

Cinco de Mayo en Estados Unidos

05/17/2017
Entre las sorpresas que me llevé recién llegado a este país hace tres décadas estuvo la celebración del 5 de Mayo; una fiesta patriótica mexicana importante aunque de segundo nivel, que no justificaba los grandes anuncios que vi en periódicos y tiendas, con ventas de cerveza y otro productos que me resultaban malas versiones gringas de una mexicanidad falseada tipo Taco Bell...

Tea, dementia and the evolution of fake news

05/17/2017
In her May 4 column titled “Tea can help prevent dementia,” Dr. Sadja Greenwood wrote about a research study from the National University of Singapore, concluding: “tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older people by 50 percent and as much as 86 percent for those genetically at...

Democratic elites have a huge stake in blaming Russia

05/04/2017
After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base—personified by Bernie Sanders—was in position...

Deported or repatriated

04/27/2017
Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump took a tough anti-immigrant posture, especially concerning so-called illegals—or, to use the more politically correct term, the undocumented. In this country of laws, it is a great injustice to use the law against those who are utterly vulnerable and whose only crime...

¿Deportados o repatriados?

04/20/2017
Desde que inició su campaña como precandidato y luego candidato republicano, el presidente Trump tomó una dura postura antiinmigrante, especialmente contra aquellos llegados sin permiso para hacerlo, llamados “ilegales” o usando el término más suave de “indocumentados.” En este país de leyes es una contradicción y gran injusticia usar razones...

El Sheriff podría proteger mejor a los inmigrantes

03/30/2017
En su reciente escrito de opinión, el Sheriff Robert Doyle buscaba asegurar a la gente que lo eligió que su departamento no iniciará contacto con nadie teniendo como propósito único un asunto de inmigración ni tampoco con indocumentados que sean víctimas o testigos de algún crimen. Hizo énfasis en que...

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