Columns & Editorials

Let’s Take the Public Out of Public Art

What do the earth's vibrations, mounds of melting gloop, and bronze warts have in common? They all pass for public art.

The Quiet Americans

Twenty-five years later, the war in Vietnam rears its head yet again in the politics of welfare reform.

BART’s Broken Promise

Forty years after it betrayed East Contra Costa County, BART's "solution" could be the East Bay's greatest boondoggle.

It’s a Small Town After All

With one petulant move Mayor Tom Bates shows that Berkeley is not yet ready for mature politics.

Pay It Forward

There are so many new stories to enter, I thought as I pulled another book off my stack. It seemed a shame to sleep.

Purgatory Lost

The dilemma: should I try to be the Madonna or just feel chastised by her? The answer: both.

Proud Flesh

I have always trusted people with scars. In fact, it seems a bit suspect that a mortal could reach forty without a single ding on the epidermis.

The Teacher with No Name

One thing I learned: the kids look much bigger and more energetic up close.
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