Readers Respond

>> Bag the Bags
Regarding Jim Wood’s POV, “Bag the Bags” (February, 2010): Plastic bags negatively effect the environment, so it is a good idea to limit their use. On the other hand, it is arguable whether or not paper bags (renewable and recyclable) have a significant negative effect on the environment, so limiting their use is not necessarily a good idea. The best way to limit their use is to add a fee. Wood says he is “immensely proud” of not using either plastic or paper bags and I salute him for that. However, I do not salute him for trying to impose his moral dictates on others by force of law.           
Jack Mosher, Fairfax

>> Best Doctors
I was disappointed in Marin Magazine’s “Best Doctors” article (February, 2010). This led me to seek the source of your data. “Best Doctors, inc.” has an impressive website, but I have never heard of this organization, nor have my partners at Mt. Tam Orthopedics—some with over 25 years of private practice. If readers wish to find the best doctor, they should ask their family physician for a referral. For the tech-savvy, they might go to the American Board of Medical Specialties ( or the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website ( Marin has a medical community with far greater depth and experience than other communities of this size.
David H. Goltz, M.D. Larkspur

The Pacific Fertility Center’s February “Best Doctors” photo caption was incorrect. Correct order is: Philip Chenette, M.D., Carolyn Givens, M.D. (seated), Isabelle Ryan, M.D., Eldon Schriock, M.D. (seated) and Carl Herbert, M.D.Robb Mayberry, Director of Development, PFC

After spending over 30 years as an operating room nurse and manager at Marin General Hospital, I expected to see familiar names on
your list of “2010’s Best Doctors” (February, 2010). However, I was shocked to find that of 400 doctors listed, only 26 practice in Marin. Either your survey is fatally flawed, or the physicians in Marin have very low opinions of each other. I don’t believe it is the latter.                        Marlene Arild, Fairfax

Editors note: With a database of 50,000 exceptional physicians throughout the nation selected by their peers, Best Doctors, Inc. is a respected source and has been in existence for more than twenty years. Marin Magazine has developed a partnership with this organization to provide a service to readers who are choosing a Marin County or San Francisco specialist. Best Doctors, Inc. is open to input from the communities they cover. Marin Magazine will forward any inquiries from doctors who are interested in the process.

>> Rules of the Trail
I was distressed to find the quote, “Nothing wakes you up in the morning like booking down a hill at 40mph and T-boning a deer,” among six pages of advertising in your February, 2010 issue. This insensitive copy was followed by a picture of a person clearly riding off trail. These behaviors are inconsitent with the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) “Rules of the Trail” which include: 1. Ride on open trails only. 2. Leave no trace. 3. Control your bicycle. 4. Yield to others. 5. Never scare animals. 6. Plan ahead. Specialized Bicycles is an IMBA Corporate Sponsor and knows better than to promote such irresponsible and destructive behavior. The ads convey an extremely negative image of Specialized Bicycles and they reflect poorly on Marin Magazine.
Brett Powell, Mill Valley

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