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Re: “Wild Meets Mild

A responsible article on a difficult subject with no simple answers. A refreshing change from the hyperbole reported by local newspapers as fact. At one extreme are those who want to evict the ranchers from the Park's pastoral zone and at the others those who want to evict the elk from the Park's pastoral zone. But some of us believe there is room in for both ranchers and elk, but it will take some work by the Park, willing collaboration by interested parties, and a tone down of the hyperbole.

Posted by Save Our Seashore on 03/12/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Wild Meets Mild

Save the elk, the mission of a "National Park" trumps provincial interests. Elk long have been an emblem of what's wild, as the drought continues more and more hay must be imported to continue "farming", there is land designated for farming and some...very small on the scale in pecking order for National Park, I take exception with predators, poachers take numbers of elk every year, and cougar take calves, an old adults, on my own ranch caught 3 young men killing animals just to celebrate their new rifles...It is a miracle of sorts they are coming back...some, I gave up hunting years ago as could no longer pull the trigger, what will future generations find here? I hope they encounter elk as it never fails to straighten neck hair and lift your hat, the regal beauty and a connection to the primordial past...which is why we seek out National Parks...Save the Elk.

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Posted by social glimpse on 03/12/2015 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Brush to Judgment

I've come to the conclusion that the new Boho editors are soft on environmental issues and lazy about doing their homework. Fluoride in drinking water has been proven to be detrimental to our health. The local gov't should not be forcing it on us. End of story.
At present, 97% of the western European population drinks non-fluoridated water. This includes: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and approximately 90% of both the United Kingdom and Spain. Think they're onto something?

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Posted by Daisy on 03/04/2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Brush to Judgment

New US Study Links Fluoridation to ADHD

"Artificial water fluoridation prevalence was significantly positively associated with ADHD prevalence," according to research published in Environmental Health (2/15),

This is the first study to examine the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence.

Artificial fluoride chemicals (hydrofluosilicic acid) added to public water supplies attempt to match the perceived decay-preventing effects of natural calcium fluoride. But teeth require calcium – not fluoride.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. Symptoms include difficulty paying attention, controlling behavior, and hyperactivity.

Researchers, Malin and Till, conclude that, even after controlling for socio-economic-status, their findings suggest that fluoridated water may be an environmental risk factor for ADHD.

They write, fluoride "has received virtually no attention in the ADHD literature, [even though], there is a burgeoning body of human and animal research indirectly suggesting that it may contribute to the disorder's onset."

This ADHD/fluoride study comes on the heels of a British study linking fluoride to thyroid disease.

Malin and Till write "exposure to fluoridated water may contribute to ADHD via suppression of the thyroid gland."

We've been falsely assured that the science is settled on fluoridation safety. But studies such as this one were never done before. What else have they failed to research? What's worse is that government agencies seem to dismiss research that hurts fluoridation rather than protect the citizens whose health is entrusted to them.

Researchers Malin and Till explain that children and adults living in fluoridated communities (0.7 – 1.2 mg/L) actually received 0.9 – 3.6 mg and 0.6 – 6.6 mg of fluoride per day, respectively from all sources, including water, food and dental products.

They write "Fluoride can readily cross the placenta, accumulate in the infant brain and easily exert neurotoxic effects…Such changes can adversely affect arousal and attention, pain tolerance, and learning and memory, respectively."

"Importantly, among children who were exposed environmentally to water fluoridated at 1.2 – 3 mg/L (slightly above the US recommended level), increased urinary fluoride concentrations were associated with slower reaction time and poorer visuospatial organization that could interfere with attention, and reading and writing respectively," they write.

With fluoride linked to lower IQ, and ADHD in children and hypothyroidism in adults, it is reckless to continue fluoridation - especially since ingesting fluoride delivers risks without any benefits. Fluoride hardens teeth by topical means alone and in high concentrations - as in toothpaste.

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Posted by Nys Cof on 03/04/2015 at 4:40 AM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

My name is Dean Stevens I was in sanoma co jail I have no mentel ilnes I filed a law site against C.F.M.G out of the blue the jail held me down by force and injected me with psyciatic medication l was then in court when my court appointed attorney said she said she felt I was incompCourts to stand trial for vandelisem I was then sent to Napa state mentel hospital for six months the state doctor wrote in the report to the court that I had an in known mentel illness the court found me guilty I did on other six months in jail the court then orderd C. F. M. G to put me on psych meds moved to ukiah Mendocino county where Dr Tayler fithiàn resides and runs the jail medical group him self Dr fithian is owner director and C. E. O I was placed in jail again a psych Dr Apostle was called to the Mendocino co jail from Santa Rosa co sanoma county to evaluate me again I was sent to Napa state hospital for three months I was sent back to court the judge gave me five and a half years for a simple vandelisem all became I filed a law suit against calif forencic medical group the judge again orders C. F . M. G to put me on psyotopic medication I'm now free from jail on probation and must take psych meds as a condition of probation the illness was clearly manifested by c.f .m.g medical group to shut me up I was also sent to state prison by sanoma county Courts under a false name and birthday it was clearly on perpious the prison said if the jail would have run my finger prints through the computer that my true name would have went through D. O.J the jail did not finger print me and did in fact know my true name and birthday the California department had to fix my file it was all coverd up but Dr mike dagay Chief medical Dr of C. F.M. G sanoma co jail resigned do to this and because he put two lady's into the jail mentel unit and said that had a mentel illness and put the womans two little girls in foster care the woman's family was wealthy and sided Tayle Fithian and Dr Dagay .Dr Dagay resigned and retired. r

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Posted by Dino Stevens on 02/28/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Dirt Farmers

Nice article on the composting and cover cropping practices by Chateau Montelena.

One thing jumped out at me though that is worthy of another article - that further work needs to be done to prevent food waste in the first place.

Second, when food waste or food scraps are generated we need to make sure that what is perfectly edible and nutritious gets to hungry people first and then to compost or energy generation. The work of groups like Food Shift or needs to be front and center in this effort.

Finally, businesses in the waste management sector need to transform their models from making money off waste to making money by preventing waste.

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Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on 02/25/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Cosby Conundrum

Cosby's show has been indefinitely postponed! But Kyle from Wells Fargo Center for the Arts said to the Press Democrat that only 50 people contacted him. Kyle knows of our petition with over 4,300 signatures. How disingenuous! The people who signed this petition and all the others who made calls etc. know they have made a difference even though WFCFTA will not acknowledge that fact. Shame on them!

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Posted by Sandy Campbell on 02/20/2015 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Home Bound

im nick from the article just want to say my family is very supportive and beautiful family and Im back with them mom and dad are awesome, and check out my music at nick petty

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Posted by nick petty on 02/18/2015 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Drive On

Too bad KSRO is now a right-wing station. Can't listen to Steve Jaxon anymore because I won't support KSRO.

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Posted by LeftieOlMan on 02/18/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Very nice! I paddle a lot on Tomales and it seems that the Greys are pretty consistent. Friends and I have seen them between the mouth and Pelican Point, right near where you spotted yours. These are amazing animals and it's very cool to see them in the water.

Thanks for including the info on how to safely watch the whales (for us and them)! Best thing to do is just stop and enjoy the moment.

Posted by jgrim on 02/17/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Cosby Conundrum

Thank you for bringing to my attention he is performing, I might have missed his show otherwise.

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Posted by Ryan Jordan on 02/15/2015 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Cosby Conundrum

don't buy a ticket that is the best way to shut down the event. the venue is in the market to make money not loose it. If any one can not fill the house no one will produce him the term boycott comes to mind and if you really want the show gone boycott all shows at the venue and see how fast things change.

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Posted by David Lloyd-Three on 02/13/2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Cosby Conundrum

The petition on is called "Don't give Bill Cosby a voice, cancel the show". Here is the link

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Posted by Sandy Campbell on 02/12/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Cosby Conundrum

Thank you for writing this article. A friend of mine has gathered over 3700 signatures for a petition to stop Cosby's appearance. The list is growing and this is one show that should NOT go on.

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Posted by Dodie Cools Edelstein on 02/11/2015 at 10:32 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Outstanding article - very well written!

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Posted by Buffalo Bill on 02/11/2015 at 7:58 PM

Re: “For Richer or for Poorer?

It's now 2015 and the debate continues. It would be helpful to have an article that discusses the many facets of the issue of Affordable Housing and Poverty. For example the county housing element failed to pass at the lower density because the county didn't do an EIR or a financial plan that made the sites they chose, at the lower density appear buildable to HCD. In the end the county had to zone at the higher density just to pass their HE.

On the other hand, Novato's HE passed with much community support because Novato planners worked closely with HCD on both environmental mitigations and financial feasibility. Judy Arnold declared Novato's HE a failure to protect the environment. The hypocrisy of Supervisor Arnold's comments makes it a struggle not to use harsh word. If not hypocrisy then ignorance because Novato's Housing Overlay and EIR accommodated CEQA review well beyond the county's HE.

I have met many people who questioned the manner in which the first recommendations for zoning for AH were chosen but none complained about color of skin or crutches or wheelchairs. "Some people don't want a whole lot of diversity in this county," she says. Judy Arnold says: "They want seniors if it's their mom or dad, but if it's someone else's mom or dad—well, if they're white, OK, but they don't want to see a lot of wheelchairs or crutches or black or brown people." Perhaps Ms. Arnold is speaking from her own undeclared biases but in my experience Novato is already a community of many colors and cultures and welcomes people with disabilities in the existing market rate and affordable housing that is spread throughout our community.

I can't speak for Fairfax or Corte Madera. I think each Marin community has to look at its own HE and its current census data to see if it is successful in welcoming people from all walks of life. I know Novato is the poorest community in Marin with the lowest per capita revenue of all cities in Marin and most in Sonoma. Yet, Novato has much of he county's AH and the better market rates of any city in Marin. Why then were Novato residents condemned for speaking out? Many spoke with respectful voices and yet only those that were the most angry were given the most attention. When housing advocates like SUNN levied angry criticisms they were not taken to task. Why the hypocrisy?

Why are all the accolades in this piece directed only at advocates? What about the community as a whole? Can't people question a process and in particular question their direct experience with AH complexes like Wyndover and receive the same respect for their views? Poverty exists throughout the United States. I have met many people who left the Bay Area before they lost homes or jobs because they recognized it was simply too expensive to live here. Why are people moving to Marin from outside the county when they are already struggling to get by? This is not an easy place to find housing or maintain a job.
Why aren't people who need affordable medical care using Kaiser so that their wellness and their medication is provided at a fixed cost? If they are already on Medicare due to age or a disability, Kaiser is the best plan you can find. Kaiser Advantage makes it possible to afford food as well as medicine.

I have great respect for the people providing help to seniors and the homeless and those living below the poverty level but I take offense at the comments that make this issue seem as if those who are living at the poverty level are the only ones that struggle. I work with many people who are holding onto their middle class lives by the short hairs because they also need reasonably priced housing, food, medical care, education and so on. Yet when these same people object to yet another high density housing project they are called ignorant, bigoted and confused.

There must be a middle ground where people with divergent views can discuss the economic impact of adding more housing to a community with a multimillion dollar structural deficit, declining sales tax revenue and increasing infrastructure costs. Whether you add affordable housing or market rate housing, you create a financial burden when you have a city like Novato that lacks a sufficient commercial base to support its residents. These are not issues of bigotry or bias. They are issues that must be examined as part of a plan to preserve Novato's ability to remain solvent.

Posted by CGB on 01/30/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Hotel Sebastopol?

I personally feel a bit boons-waggled by the Barlow. The majority of the offerings are booze related. I was under the impression it was to be more of a mixed craftsmen "tour, sample and learn" area.

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Posted by Liz Brock on 01/15/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Game Over

There's a reason why foie gras production has been outlawed in more than a dozen countries: It's an abomination. Anyone who cares about animals should leave foie gras off their plate.

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Posted by Paula Renee on 01/15/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Game Over

Investigations of foie gras farms have revealed ducks dying because their organs ruptured from overfeeding and birds suffering from kidney necrosis, spleen damage, bruised and broken bills, and tumor-like lumps in their throats. And of course, the birds must be slaughtered for foie gras, so unless they are going cheerfully and willingly to their deaths, there is no way it can be considered anything but cruel.

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Posted by Lucy Post on 01/14/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Game Over

If foie gras was "natural", it would just be called foie. The gras comes from overfeeding them until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times the normal size, which is categorically cruel.

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Posted by Kim Marie on 01/14/2015 at 10:07 AM

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