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  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Let me get this straight: The employees of the U.S. Postal Service in Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal, will read local newspapers to bust people for advertising pot.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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How do we measure the quality of our lives? Numbers amassed in a bank account? Our portfolio of real estate, as if we were playing a real-time game of Monopoly? The places we shop for clothes? The car we drive? The neighborhood in which we live?

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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When Jim Harrison died, the New York Times carried his obituary. It began: “(His) lust for life – and sometimes just plain lust – roared into print in a vast, celebrated body of fiction, poetry and essays with that ardent abandon explored the natural world, the life of the mind and pleasures of the flesh.”

  • Jane Williams | Marin Essay
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Editor’s note: Jane Williams is a junior at San Marin High School. The following piece won a Gold Key, the highest award, in the Critical Essay category of the 2015 Western Region Scholastic Arts & Writing Contest, competing against high school students throughout the Western United Stat…

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Time will judge Barack Obama’s overall presidency. However, on one point – the leading of America to a more constructive political environment – he’s been a disappointment. 

  • Marinscope Newspapers
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The Golden State Warriors basketball team will go for the record for wins in a single season on Wednesday, April 13, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs last Sunday to record their 72 win of the season. That ties the record set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season. The game Wednesday begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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Of my favorite insecurities is my fear of being perceived as glib. Truth is, my preferred persona is glib. When it works for me, it comes off as casual, easy, nonchalant. Not stiff. It puts people at ease. When it doesn’t work, it comes off as unthinking, unreflecting, cocky. The inability to take things seriously. 

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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I’ve not thought much about the right to drink raw milk, but my stand on the topic would probably be a little like a version of the Dos Equis commercial: “I don’t drink milk often, my friends, but when I do I drink it raw – and who the hell is government to tell me I can’t.”

  • Marinscope Newspapers
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1 It was cake and cookies all around last week as the Stinson Beach post office celebrated its 100th birthday on Friday, April 1. The post office has moved several times over the last 100 years before settling on the current structure in 1961 at 15 Calle Del Mar.

  • Kristina Hoffman Ross
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It was announced that Marin County is the healthiest county in the United States. This study was based on outdoor places to hike and recreate as well as access to health care and quality food. It was noted that being one of the most affluent counties in the nation definitely contributed to the healthy lifestyle.

  • Peter Richmond | As I See It
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There’s an old time honored idea that’s been a part of our culture for the large part of our two centuries as a nation. Some consider it quaint. Some accept it as a fact of life. But most folks agree that it’s part of the bedrock upon which our lifestyle and culture are based. 

  • Edward Losey Novato High Student
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For over 1,400 years, war and terror have been waged within and beyond the Middle East in varying degrees to impose sometimes extreme interpretations of Islam on corresponding unbelievers, in some cases under the threat of death. That ancient war and terror have reached our country during recent decades in the form of mass shootings, fatal bombings, and airliners flown from our airports into major city buildings.

  • Penny Davey Novato
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Would like to compliment you on the new Novato Advance layout and printing. The format and text and articles were all an improvement. Thank you for the upgrade!

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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Even as I type, I’m still surrounded by boxes. Chaos. I’m hungry, but any possibility of dinner hinges upon me finding the can opener. Yeah, like I know where that is.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Here’s the problem with the new rules for dogs inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area – not one dog was properly consulted.  

  • Marinscope Newspapers
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1California legislators and unions struck a deal last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The deal would boost California’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then incrementally raise it to $15 by 2022.  

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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My lineage is very Welsh/Saxon/Scot. My maternal family tree, especially, is intense decorum and stuffy English good manners combined with this tribal earthiness and bawdy revelry. More to the point, when we get together there is wine, laughter, cursing, off-color jokes and sick humor. Family gatherings are one continuous Monty Python sketch.

  • John Philipp | Just My Take
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In the decade since the hurricane twins, Katrina and Rita, blew through the Gulf Coast and FEMA botched the recoveries, the media has been “disaster something” 24/7.

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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Every place wants its own identity. But, who wants to be known as “ground zero” for ticks?

  • Judy Arnold| County Connection
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One of the things that makes Marin County such a wonderful place to live and visit is our Parks. Marin County Parks has released their annual report for the fiscal year 2014-15 which provides a broad overview of department goals and achievements. I thought I would share some of the highlights with you here.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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I’m convinced a skillful, competent therapist is not about helping you feel better. He/she is about helping you find and tell the truth. Truth might or might not yield better feelings. But truth invites integrity, from which flows a paradoxical combination of peace and vitality – serenity and a new energy for living well.

  • Marinscope Newspapers
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1Buying tobacco for people under 21 years of age will be illegal in San Francisco beginning on June 1. The new rule was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week. The city joins New York, Boston about 100 other cities in the ban.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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There is a cause for everything, big and small in the kingdom of San Francisco.

  • MARIAN SCHINSKE Executive Director
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NovatoSpirit is grateful to the Marin community. We hosted a month-long fundraiser in February, requesting donations to help impoverished Novato children participate in dance and sports programs, and raised $26,215!

  • MIKE AHERN Novato
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Thank you, Derek Wilson, for your news story on health insurance, and the affects the legislation has had on opening access to services for a large number of underserved people, as well as a providing the insurance to reimburse facilities for services rendered. Certainly an important need an…

  • ROGER WILHELM Novato
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It bothers me when I see the American flag at half-staff with the state flag underneath. It is my understanding that proper flag etiquette is for the state flag to be removed or flown on another pole.

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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Oh, the disadvantage of speaking plain English, especially in California where the mother tongue is peppered with an irritating gobbledygook of unnecessary abbreviations.

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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My parents would often say it when they dropped me off to visit a playmate or my grandparents: “Be good.” Their tone was not ominous; rather, encouraging. Cheery. And my response to their admonition was reflexive and enthusiastic: “I will!”

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1Parts of Marin County received 7 inches of rain over the weekend as a winter storm pounded the Bay Area. Most of the region measured 2-4 inches of rain while Monterey and Santa Cruz counties logged as much as 10 inches. Rain is expected to continue this weekend.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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Did you know that Sasa Sestic of Australia is the reigning World Barista Champion? Well, he is. Neither Sasa nor his agent would return any of my calls requesting an interview. 

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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It was the first Sunday in Lent 2016 and I dragged myself out of bed because that’s what those of us who live in the liturgical church year do. Lent calls us like a barking dog in the night.

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1The California bullet train planned to link the Bay Area to Los Angeles got a bit more expensive last week. Initially planned for $31 billion when first voted on seven years ago, the cost is now projected at $68 billion. Members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority were told last week to plan on spending at least another $150 million for the first 29-mile segment near Fresno. It was also decided to build the first leg of the train from San Jose to Bakersfield.  

  • D. GNAT Novato
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San Francisco supervisors have passed a law that anyone who leaves a gun stowed away in their car must leave them in the truck or a lockbox (locked glove compartment).

  • Ronnie Von Wandtke
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Responding to the “Being Marin” piece on whether it is OK to suggest an artist not use animal leather in art:

  • By John Philipp Just My Take
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I went to the men’s department at Nordstrom last week to spend forty bucks on a pair of khakis. A woman, who shall remain nameless but whom you all know, was invited in a futile attempt to upgrade the quality of my wardrobe. I was under the mistaken belief that, even with her there, I could …

  • CAROL DACQUISTO Novato
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I am writing this letter to compliment all of you on the excellent new look of our town’s Novato Advance newspaper.I have subscribed to the Novato Advance and have had it delivered to my home since we moved to Novato in 1968.I noticed in January the newspaper looked different. I noticed that…

  • Dorsey McTaggart
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The article re: Scott DeTurk and Corte Madera’s song could not have been better presented. Jean Bartlett not only managed to incorporate all personalities into the article, quite smoothly, but also clearly did independent research, then pieced together the details of her research and her con…

  • Don Cliver Novato Chamber
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On behalf of the Novato Chamber of Commerce the Board of Directors has voted to support the Council’s decision to pursue a Downtown SMART station. The Chamber believes that a Downtown SMART station could bring many benefits and opportunities; first, business activity and economic stimulus; s…

  • Marian Schinske NovatoSpirit Executive Director
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Marin Charitable recently hosted a grants ceremony in Novato for more than 60 nonprofits serving the county’s vulnerable children, and NovatoSpirit was a grateful grant recipient.We are grateful, not only for the support, but also for the very existence of Marin Charitable, whose volunteer m…

  • Peter Richmond Marin essays
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Those of you who follow this column may recall a piece I did last fall on my return to my Alma Mater, Norwich University, for my 50th Class Reunion. It was very emotional, partly because Norwich is a military college, the oldest private one in the nation. 

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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There’s the old saying that if you walk like a duck, swim like a duck and quack like a duck, then you probably are a duck. It’s pretty much the go-to example of abductive inference — the simplest explanation to an observation. 

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