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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

April, 2007



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Editorial
By Don Deane, Editor/Publisher

The redesign of the paper, both physically and philosophically, is still going on. This month, you will notice that the masthead of the paper is changed, as is the entire front page. Frankly, I was in love with the old masthead, with its eagles on each side, supporting the Great Western Pacific Coastal Post. I especially liked the ship struggling among the high waves in the middle of the masthead. When the paper started in 1975, that masthead expressed what the paper was about. Or at least I thought so, but then I was 37 years younger and had sideburns.
In 2007, the goal of the paper has changed somewhat. We will always support free speech and give voice to the voiceless, but the present political situation in the world requires that the Left become more efficient and savvy in offering information to a more diversified audience, streamlining and targeting our fare. The new masthead is simpler, allowing the news itself to take precedence. If you have an opinion you wish to express on the new design, please feel free to do so to [email protected]

In the meantime, note that we are now averaging about 50/50 in an analysis of local versus national and international news and/or commentary. This 50/50 division has been a deliberate choice due to our belief that one should indeed "think globally, act locally." Both an understanding of what is going on globally and an even more detailed knowledge of local issues are needed in West Marin these days. Many local issues have fallen through the media cracks over the last year or so, a habit that needs to be reversed.

In that vein, please note the excellent guest editorial by the new President of the Marin Farm Bureau, Mike Gale, as well as a special article on the potential for closing down Drake's Bay Oysters operation.

It has been unfortunate that, over the last decades, non-ranching locals (new and old) have lost an appreciation and understanding of how and why we need to prize and support our caring ranchers. With the interesting guest editorial this month, we hope to kick off a continuing partnership with the ranching community, giving them space to communicate and interact with the rest of us.

Of course, ranching is changing and diversifying rapidly around here. The Strauss family in Marshall has pioneered organic dairy lands, while other ranchers pioneered grass-fed beef, goats, hostels and cheese production. The "ranching" of oysters has become a player as well. Ranching is changing, realizing that there is profitability and acceptance in being real environmental stewards of the land and bays. The Coastal Post supports all those efforts and applauds the work being done, with an eye to sustainable production and financial viability for the area.

NON-LOCAL FARE IN THE PAPER is also changing. The paper is reaching out internationally to access news, opinion and analysis not usually offered by the American Media. Because of the fact that our economy is tied, for better or worse, to the rest of the world, it behooves us to know what is going on out there and what they think. Further, because our home-grown media has become so infotainment oriented, accessing opinions from the international world of reporting can offer fresh insights and, often, a clearer vision of world realities.

So you can expect to see commentary from around the globe in the coming year. We hope you enjoy it and learn from it. Please do rest assured that we will be offering it in English. We are also inaugurating a new column, Blog News, this month. Our volunteer staff will choose blog commentaries, from among the many, many blogs out there at the moment, for your perusal. Please do send us your own findings in the world of blogs each month. Our best reporters are our readers, which means you.

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