Greetings from Baja Montecito. As one who grew up in Marin, I enjoy keeping in touch via Marin Magazine. Viewing the recent 10-year anniversary issue (June) reminded me how much I enjoyed the magazine art covers sans all the script clutter. I challenge you to turn to pages 42 and 43 and compare and contrast. The magazine covers sans script clutter truly distinguished you from other publications. The covers were awesome. Change happens, of course, but would it not be preferable to embrace a change when it is for the better? Also, I would enjoy reading more about Marin, whether about yesterday, today or tomorrow. I look to numerous travel publications for travel articles. I read Marin Magazine because I want to read about Marin. Just a few unsolicited suggestions I hope will be taken in the spirit of support. Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary and thank you for continuing to offer a print version. CLAUDIA GAUSTAD, MONTECITO, VIA EMAIL
Inside your Marin Summer 2015 pullout guide (“Get to Know Marin,” June), I noticed a rather complete listing of Marin cities (on the map), except the prominent city of Novato. The little pictures of cows shown were cute, but what about Stafford Lake or hiking and biking on Mount Burdell? Novato has struggled forever to be recognized as a part of Marin, but as a retail owner and a longtime resident, I just couldn’t be silent. Please drive up for a visit. You’ll see we are more than a cow town. JAN MORRIS, MORRIS AND COMPANY, VIA EMAIL
We loved the geology article by Nate Seltenrich (“Under Our Feet,” June). My daughter, Christie Rowe, is a geologist (grew up in Strawberry) at McGill University in Montreal. In March she brought a group of five Ph.D. students and showed them all four of these sites. I emailed the article to her. BARBARA ROWE, STRAWBERRY, VIA EMAIL
Your July issue (Currents) mentions milled crickets as a protein source for vegetarians. Hmmm. In which kingdom do you place crickets? Animal, vegetable or mineral? LAURA COLLINS, SAN RAFAEL, VIA EMAIL
Eds.: Bitty Foods co-founder Leslie Zeigler mentions that vegetarians form only part of her customer base. Crickets do belong to the kingdom Animalia (also called Metazoa), which contains multicellular, eukaryotic organisms that can move spontaneously and independently at some point in their lives.
Jim Wood, thanks for the article on recycling (POV, July). You can put your meat scraps in a container or bag and put that in the freezer. Discard the night before your trash day. No smells. MICHAEL BURKELL, VIA EMAIL
Vaccines in the News
In my opinion, the September 2014 article by Laura Hilgers (“Calling the Shots”) repeated public health officials’ claims that are not facts. This article added to the one-sided nature of the public debate that has been raging with measles mania and that led to California Senate Bill 277, by Richard Pan. Opposing this bill is not a vote against science and effective public health measures, but a vote for informed parents using available evidence or religious beliefs to exempt their child from forced school-age vaccinations. Evidence shows that most vaccines have known risks and failure rates with unproven benefits, and that such parents are not endangering the health of their child, their classmates and other persons in the community. Instead it is the recently vaccinated who are more likely to infect others. This bill relies on fraudulent “scientific” studies, fact-free mythology and fear tactics. STEPHEN SIMAC, VIA EMAIL
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