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Fri, April 5Bodhi Busick
Sat, April 6Dogtones
Sun, April 7Buddy Craig
Fri, April 12Mojo Madness
Sat, April 13Craig Horton Blues Band
Sun, April 14Buddy Craig
Fri, April 19Little Johnny & The Giants
Sat, April 20Black Dog
Sun, April 21Buddy Craig
Wed, April 24Midnight On The Water
Fri, April 26Funkanauts
Sat, April 27Buddy Craig Band
Sun, April 28Open Mike

MAY CALENDAR
Fri, May 3Alvarados
Sat, May 4Pollo Enfermo
Fri, Nov 9Alvarados
April, 2002 - Volume 27, Number 4

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ARTICLES:
Supes Gives Key EAH Approvals, Dismissing Concerns - By Louis Nuyens
  Ducking a volley of increasing concerns over the wastewater disposal components of the project, the Board of Supervisors (BoS) has granted key approvals to the Ecumenical Housing Association (EAH) Point Reyes Station (PRS) development proposal. But the battle over the EAH project is far from through.
Nicest Cop In Fairfax Dies While Waiting To Be Fired - By Jim Scanlon
The Coastal Post asked a long term resident of Fairfax, a hard working, blue collar type, what kind of man Ricardo Alvillar was. "You know what?," he said moving his face closer to mine and articulating clearly, "He was the nicest cop I ever met. He was polite to everybody He always had a smile. He was congenial. He was fired for being congenial!"
World War III Is Not Funny - By Stephen Simac
It's difficult to find the humor in watching our un-elected president and his warmongering "advisors" push us towards World War III. George (the W. stands for War) Bush has not become more presidential since 9/11 as the fawning media heads claim, only more psychopathic.
West Marin's Dirty Little Secrets - By Jeanette Pontacq
The first secret is that there is no West Marin community. The very term implies a basically homogeneous population, with similar needs, beliefs and interests. Advocates of one thing or another like to say the "community" supports their agenda, just as our national leaders constantly invoke the "American people" as supporting them. Those who do not support that agenda are thus easily branded as outside the "community" and not worthy of being heard, just as dissenters nationally are branded as "unpatriotic."
Buried In The New York Times, March 21, 2002
Buried on page 24 is an article on the final report of the Whitewater Investigation which lasted eight years and cost in excess of $64 million. The report states that there is insufficient evidence to show that either of the Clinton's committed any crime.
Riding Off Into The Sunset - By Aaron Wiley
Remember those old western movies where the brave, courageous heroes would mount their horses and ride off into the sunset for months at a time. They were looking for something that guided their hearts and replenished their souls. These men would kiss their loved ones good-bye and shake the hands of their comrades, for they won't be seeing them for awhile. This brings me to a modern day crusade or adventure that recently started out here in the west.
Smoke Screens Meant To Hide Grim Reality - By Karen Nakamura
Smoke screens are diversions used to obscure what's really going on. They are meant to deflect attention from the actual propose of an action, whether it concerns love, war or politics. These unfair power plays tend to emanate from Machiavellian types who see ethical conduct as a weakness. They have no compunction about toppling anyone who stands in their way. They also have absolutely no intention of following the rules unless they wrote them.
The Lord of the Rings: White Male Racist Imperialism - By Jim Scanlon
Using the latest cinematic developments in computer technology to produce extraordinary scenes of extreme violence and brutality is all that distinguishes "The Fellowship of the Rings" from the usual exaltation of all male bands of brothers on dangerous quests involving the slaughter of frightful half human savages.
Extinction Without Guilt: Saving The Earth Through Over-Consumption - By Paul Reffell and Donna Sheehan
For decades, environmentalists everywhere have been trying to make everyone else feel guilty. Humans, they say, are damaging the Earth faster than it can repair itself. The environmentalist solution is to tighten our belts, use fewer natural resources, recycle, protect other species and generally clean up our collective act.
Orderly George - By Carol Sterritt
In the following satire, facts about young women in the Bush family are fictionalized. However some of the facts relating to the nursing home situation, plus Enron, DynCorp, etc. are unfortunately the truth.
Habitat Restoration Day For Seashore
The Point Reyes National Seashore Habitat Restoration Program will be hosting an overnight Memorial Day Habitat Restoration Weekend in May 2002. We will have workdays on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. The probable volunteer work projects will be iceplant removal near the Point Reyes Lighthouse, and Cape-ivy removal at Marshall Beach. The workdays will probably start at 9 am and end by 3 p.m. For the convenience of the volunteer participants, HRP has reserved overnight accommodations at the historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station -- a.k.a. the Boathouse -- on the nights of May 24, 25, 26, and 27.
Important To Protect Streamside Conservation Areas By Elena Belsky
Defending the Stream Conservation Areas (SCA) from development and human encroachment is becoming a major task for environmental advocates, often fighting local governments over lack of recognition for creeks and riparian areas. Marin County's own FishNet4C study evaluated Marin County policies, regulations, and practices related to endangered salmonid species (Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon) and their habitat, and made recommendations for change. Yet it appears that the County has not achieved consistent recognition of circumstances, or enforcement, and therefore frequently sends mixed messages to the public.
News Briefs

Thank You For Not Thinking - By Frank Scott
Rumor has it that in Poland, people explain ignorance by telling "American" jokes. Maybe that's because more than six months after 911, this is what we've gained : We have bombed Afghanistan into more misery, failed to find the terrorist monster Bin Laden, re-introduced Saddam Hussein as replacement monster, and suffered the first American casualties while fighting the forces we were told had been destroyed by all the bombings of the previous months.
Killing Softly With Money - By Edward W. Miller
"We will harass these Palestinian 'til they move like drunk cockroach in a bottle." -Rafael Etan, former Israeli general and head of the rightest Tzomet Party. The Jerusalem Post on March 6, 2002 reported from its Washington office, "More than 230 members of Congress wrote to US President George W. Bush yesterday, asking him to classify Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's security force and two other groups linked to the PA as terrorist organizations. This would freeze their assets, and authorize denial of visas to members trying to enter the country, and expulsion of those already in the country."
The Zany World of Politics - By Judy Borello
On March 19, I attended the meeting of the Marin County Board of Supervisors pertaining to the EAH affordable housing proposed for smack dab in the middle of the historical downtown area of Point Reyes Station.
Pentagon's Silver Lining May Be Bigger Than Cloud - By Norman Solomon
The Office of Strategic Influence went from obscurity to infamy to oblivion during a spin cycle that lasted just seven days in late February. Coming to terms with a week of negative coverage after news broke that the Pentagon office might purposely deceive foreign media, a somber defense secretary announced: "It is being closed down." But for Donald Rumsfeld and his colleagues along the Potomac, the inky cloud of bad publicity has a big silver lining.
Letters To The Editor

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