Opinion

Community process needed for San Geronimo Golf Course

10/26/2017
We are deeply concerned that the debate over the county’s rush to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course has been presented as a choice between restoring salmon habitat or saving the golf course. There are other interests at stake. The tragedy of this hasty maneuver is that the public’s right...

Bolinas tax maintains safe spaces

10/12/2017
This November, Bolinas residents will vote on Measure F, a parcel tax that provides critical funding for Bolinas parks. Measure F seeks to renew the current tax at the same rate (no increase) for another four years. I am a member of the all-volunteer Firehouse Community Park Agency, also known...

Measure A: Essential funding that requires exceptional turnout

10/05/2017
On Nov. 7, a majority of voters in the San Geronimo Valley will vote yes on Measure A, the renewal of a popular parcel tax that has been in effect for eight years. Unfortunately, their votes won’t be enough. Most valley residents know that the parcel tax is a common-sense...

September: Month of independences

09/21/2017
Mexico, Central America—with the exception of Panama—and Chile celebrate their independence in September. All were colonies since the Spanish Conquest, and their independence struggles commenced in the early 18th century, processes stemming from the United States’ independence from Great Britain in 1776. Their struggles concluded much later, with the creation...

Septiembre, mes de independencias

09/14/2017
México, Centroamérica—exceptuando Panamá—y Chile celebran su independencia en septiembre. Hay que recordar que eran colonias españolas desde la conquista, y que sus luchas independentistas desde principios del siglo 18 derivaron de un proceso iniciado el siglo anterior con la independencia de Estados Unidos de Gran Bretaña en 1776, que concluyó...

Racism and discrimination persist

08/31/2017
Assertions of superiority by one human group with respect to another based on differing ethnic or racial characteristics appear to be part of humanity since time immemorial. Throughout our known history, we can see innumerable examples on every continent, many of which persist today. Racism and discrimination almost always happen...

El racismo y la discriminación persisten

08/24/2017
Las expresiones de superioridad e inferioridad de un grupo humano con respecto a otro con base en las características étnicas o raciales que los diferencian, parecen haber acompañado a la humanidad desde tiempos inmemoriales. Diferentes momentos de la historia conocida en todos los continentes nos muestra innumerables ejemplos, muchos de...

Let’s talk about race relations in West Marin

08/17/2017
“To engage in a serious discussion of race in America, we must begin not with the problems of black people but with the flaws of American society—flaws rooted in historic inequities and longstanding cultural stereotypes.” — Cornel West’s “Race Matters” I am a white man living in West Marin who...

Food as medicine for us and the planet

08/10/2017
Almost 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Was the guy nuts? Certainly he could not have known that the western medical establishment and the drug, meat, dairy and oil industries would fight hard against the spread of such a revolutionary idea...

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,...

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