Columns & Editorials

No New Burbs, but Bring on the Factories

The new middle-class residents of Pittsburg organized to oppose a blight more noxious than new power plants -- new homes.

Losing One for the Gipper

Oakland Republican celebrity and NAACP official Shannon Reeves watches as his Grand Old Party destroys what Reagan built.

Name ‘Em and Shame ‘Em

Time has come to identify the true culprits in the great Oakland schools disaster. So let's play the game ...

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.

The Teacher with No Name

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

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.
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