Opinion

What's in a name? Something not so sweet

12/16/2020
In the scrum of the political fight, it seems that name calling has become de rigeur. I’ve been called many things of late, including snowflake, libtard and cuck. But as much as I and the rest of my progressive cabal have tried, we haven’t been able to effectively return with...

Fake news and the new world disorder

12/09/2020
All news is fake news. There is not one version of news that is real and the rest fake. News is a subjective reality. We believe the news that conforms to our point of view. This applies to family squabbles, sports, international events and natural disasters. Reality exists in the...

Peace of mind in wildfire country: Building in resilience

11/24/2020
“By 2030, unincorporated Marin must reduce greenhouse emissions to 60 percent below levels recorded in 2005 and, by 2045, achieve carbon neutrality.” You read that here. It’s part of a broader effort to end the emissions that contribute to global warming. With Joe Biden’s victory, achieving these goals will again...

We’ll never graduate from the Electoral College

11/18/2020
In 2000, a candidate won the popular vote for president but lost the presidency, the first time that happened in 112 years. Since then, there’s been a lot of talk about Electoral College reform. After 2016, there’s been even more. Election of the president was a hot-button issue at the...

Adaptation and resilience

11/11/2020
As the climate crisis looms large in our lives, we humans are sure to renew our awareness of the strengths and weaknesses inherent in natural systems. Homo sapiens have largely forgotten that we’re not just citizens of a nation, units in an economy or channelers of creativity and culture. We’re...

Say what you want about the First Amendment

10/21/2020
The question of who, if anyone, owns the Constitution is yet another fault line in our current national fragmentation. Politicians and cable news outlets routinely question the constitutionality of every posture, provocation and decision, even in situations where the provisions of the Constitution are irrelevant. While most Americans have never...

How to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election

10/07/2020
Who and what to vote for have always been the key considerations for any excursion into the voting booth. In this strange year (alarmingly stranger by the day) we also have to navigate the intricacies of where and how to vote. My preference is a masked, socially distanced appearance at...

The real Party of Lincoln

09/30/2020
With the Democratic and Republican parties in a vexed battle for the heart, soul and vote of every American, I can’t help but find surprise in how often Donald Trump adamantly and smugly reminds me that he is leading the Party of Lincoln. He’s gone so far as to topple...

The power of seeing ourselves as others see us

08/12/2020
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" These immortal words by the beloved 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns take on a new meaning in the time of Zoom. Burns, the son of a tenant farmer, died when he was only 37 years...

Point Reyes National Seashore: New vision, or enduring myth?

07/29/2020
The founding myth of the Point Reyes National Seashore, that it was born of a partnership between environmentalists and willing agriculturalists, is just that: myth. Land was acquired to create the seashore through a series of pressured buyouts and threats of eminent domain—and yes, the cooperation of a few willing...

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