Opinion

Concessions in national parks

09/22/2021
One of the dominant and oft-repeated arguments against agriculture in a national park is that it is a commercial venture and private commerce should not be allowed to flourish in national parks. It might surprise the folks who proffer this argument that there are today more than 500 private businesses...

Powerlessness and loss in our changing climate

09/08/2021
Climate anxiety. Eco-anxiety. Ecological grief. Solastalgia. The names are proliferating, as the climate crisis and the emotional distress it brings grow more prevalent. Many people throughout the world are experiencing anxiety about the crisis of climate change, enough so that the American Psychological Association has recognized climate-related mental health disorders...

Radical hydrology

09/01/2021
The plight of the least among us becomes more evident in a drought. There are those who say indoor plumbing is the hallmark of civilization, yet coho salmon might call our plumbing habits uncivilized. And not only the coho but the myriad denizens of the riparian forests and coastal flora...

My hopes for a new cycle of growth at Kule Loklo

08/25/2021
My mother was full-blood Diné from Shiprock, New Mexico. We moved outside of our sacred mountains when I was only a year old to live here in Marin, where my father grew up. I know it deeply affected my mother that she moved away from her Native community, and she...

The recall election: Mind-boggling idiocy

08/18/2021
If you live in Florida and your juices are erupting because your school commissars are requiring your kids to wear masks, the state will give you a voucher so you can send your progeny to a private school. That level of sheer, mind-boggling idiocy hasn’t taken hold very strongly yet...

The California recall: The most pernicious example of cancel culture

08/11/2021
As voters begin to fill out their mail-in ballots, they should keep in mind that the Sept. 14 recall election is not a real election. In the normal scheme of things, that would occur beginning nine months from now, when Californians would have the first opportunity to decide if Gavin...

A disappointing new history of Drake's voyage

08/04/2021
The story of Francis Drake is truly one of the most interesting, complex and heroic. The first English claim on what would become the United States—on the Pacific coast—is notable. Yet the events, actions and thinking of the man and his day are often lost to obscurity. Every 10 or...

Calling the question on Kule Loklo

08/04/2021
Questions. So many questions. In preparing this piece, I reached out to many individuals and institutional representatives, asking what they see as the past, present and future of Kule Loklo, the roundhouse and Big Time. Each time I spoke with a stakeholder, I came away with a new, somewhat wrenching...

Excuses and deflections over Point Reyes water quality

07/28/2021
Apologism is contagious and smokescreens travel fast on a windy peninsula. Last January, environmental groups requisitioned independent water quality tests downstream from some of the ranches in Point Reyes National Seashore, at popular, publicly accessed sites that drain into the Pacific, including Kehoe and Abbotts Lagoons. The results were off...

Reflections on women and money

07/21/2021
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, most families in our middle-class neighborhood had just one wage earner. The dads were the breadwinners, responsible for financially supporting the family while the moms took care of the house and kids. Very few mothers had paid jobs. One exception in my parents’...

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