Opinion

How to talk with your vaccine hesitant friend

03/10/2021
While most people are eager to get their Covid-19 vaccine when their turn comes, some have questions and concerns. We may even face the possibility of vaccine delayers and resisters leading to a longer pandemic, with more Covid variants and further surges in the disease. As of March 4, Marin...

A socially equitable West Marin? Yes, please!

03/03/2021
Recent reporting in the Light explored the new mandate to create 3,510 new units of affordable housing in unincorporated Marin in the next eight years. To that goal, we say: Yes, please! West Marin has nothing to fear and everything to gain with higher goals for affordable housing over the...

Inverness parcel tax: Don’t forget Measure C

02/24/2021
Almost all of the letters to the Light about the proposal for a new Inverness parcel tax to fund fire safety projects and improvements to the water system have overlooked the creation in 2019 of the Marin Wildfire Protection Authority. At that time, 17 towns and fire protection agencies, including...

Your Republican dogma ran over my Democratic karma

02/17/2021
Republicans have spent the better part of a century trying to legislate our government away in small bits and pieces. We’ve seen it in action: cutting taxes, eliminating regulations, squeezing social welfare programs, privatizing essential services, and blocking access to the ballot box. Always with a promise that we’ll be...

Making room for affordable housing

02/10/2021
A recent report from the Othering and Belonging Institute of the University of California, Berkeley specifically mentions the San Geronimo Valley as being “overwhelming white and [segregated] since it was settled….” The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that 93 percent of valley residents are white compared to 79 percent...

Inverness tax leaves big questions

02/03/2021
Everyone can agree with the frightening opening to the Inverness Foundation’s solicitation for the adoption of another Inverness Public Utility District tax: “We don’t want Inverness to be like Paradise…ravaged by…fire.” Alarmed Inverness residents are then presented with a property tax proposition authored by Seahaven residents rather than our utility...

Why you should get the Covid-19 vaccine

01/20/2021
Some people are concerned about taking the new vaccine. Should you get it now, wait, or take a pass? As a physician in the Bay Area, I jumped at the chance to get vaccinated out of fear of bringing the virus home to my family or infecting my patients. But...

Fifty years ago, a devastating oil spill galvanized Bolinas

01/13/2021
In dense fog at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, 1971, two massive Standard Oil Company tankers met in a catastrophic collision in San Francisco Bay, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of foul-smelling, gooey oil into the Bay. Fifty years later, this story is both a powerful reminder of how easily...

Stupid is as stupid does

01/13/2021
I was born in New York, and grew up there during the 1970s and 1980s. Even as the disco era came to a close, Studio 54 still pumped out the jams, hosting a who’s who of cultural icons along with hushed whispers of bacchanalia. A city that suffered in the...

Pardon me, but will you pardon me?

12/30/2020
Every four or eight years, after we close out the holiday season, another begins: the season of the presidential pardon. In the lame duck lead-up to our—fingers crossed—peaceful transition of power, modern presidents have used these days to offer clemency, reprieves or pardons for a wide assortment of criminal activity...

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