Opinion

Can we have too much democracy?

06/30/2021
In 2016, my statewide ballot for the general election asked me to weigh in on 17 different initiatives ranging from constitutional amendments and tax hikes to condom use and the death penalty. My voter guide topped out at a whopping 224 pages. Four years later, it was rent control, labor...

Rebuttal to Bennett op-ed

06/17/2021
Last week’s letter from Gordon Bennett titled “North Marin Water misses mark with drought plan, rate hike” mixes up two related but separate issues: the proposed revenue increases and rate structure changes that will be considered at a public hearing on June 22, and our efforts to address salinity in...

Trust, accountability and transparency through sheriff oversight

06/09/2021
On Jan. 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 1185 went into effect. This law, Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 25303.7, enables county boards of supervisors to create sheriff oversight bodies or an office of inspector general and gives subpoena power to both. We believe the Marin County Board of Supervisors should consider establishing...

North Marin Water misses mark with drought plan, rate hike

06/09/2021
West Marin customers should vote no on North Marin Water District’s proposed water rate increase and urge the district to revisit its drought plan. The rate increase, which will be considered at a June 22 hearing, hinges on a structure that encourages excessive landscape use that draws salt into the...

Practical water conservation tips

06/02/2021
The effects of climate change here in Marin have never been so obvious. Cali- fornia has declared a state of emergency and the drought in Marin is the worst since 1977, with the potential to become the worst in recorded history. Already, farmers are scaling back their crops or skipping...

Restore the McClure ranch

05/26/2021
United States Representative Jared Huffman, referring to the controversy around the future of ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore, told the Environews on March 26, “As some of these ranches blink out, because they will, we’ll have chances to expand wilderness areas and maybe even we’ll be expanding elk herds...

Is West Marin ready for the wildfire season and power outages?

05/19/2021
With a record-breaking drought in the works after three successive major wildfire seasons, we clearly need to be better prepared in 2021. Luckily, local institutions are stepping up to the plate. Although utilities such as PG&E have developed some temporary fixes like public safety power shutoffs, we need longer-term solutions...

Social Security reform bill supports teachers in retirement

04/28/2021
The pandemic upended our education system last March, when schools closed and teachers and students were forced to pivot to online learning with little to no time to prepare. Laptops and iPads were frantically ordered and allotted to students, Wi-Fi hotspots were distributed to students in rural areas, and everyone...

Will the real socialist please stand up?

03/24/2021
On the heels of Congress voting to spend another $1.9 trillion on an assortment of relief programs related to the Covid pandemic, I thought it might be a good time to mention the dirtiest word in American politics: socialism. Before you race to the sink to wash your mouth out...

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