• Presumed Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • "Snowden", a movie by Oliver Stone, opens on September 16.
  • Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest to die at the hands of police.
  • A man lay prostrate on the corner of Jones and McAllister streets, 7/9/16, during a tense 3 hour standoff with SFPD. Photo via SF Examiner.
  • People gather around a memorial at Castro and 18th streets on Sunday to remember the lives lost in a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Presumed Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Taking a Leaf from Bernie’s Book: Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

July 23, 2016 | No Comments

The growth in college debt is an issue close to the hearts of millions of voters, but for young Americans who came of age in the midst of the recession, it is a problem of towering proportions. For many of the “Millennial” generation, finding meaningful employment to repay staggering student loan debt, has proved a near impossible challenge

Posted in Education, Opinion, Politics

"Snowden", a movie by Oliver Stone, opens on September 16.

Edward Snowden’s Story as Re-told on Film

July 12, 2016 | No Comments

Although Snowden may have been mentioned in previous works, his story has never been explored in the realm of dramatization. That changes with the release of Oliver Stone’s sure-to-be-controversial film, Snowden.

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest to die at the hands of police.

Black and White Consequences of the Sounds of Silence

July 10, 2016 | No Comments

The thin blue line separating citizens from danger seems to have become a solid wall of refusal to acknowledge the sickening consequences of police officers who either are not being well trained or are not being well screened before donning their blues, badges and guns.

Posted in Crime, Opinion

A man lay prostrate on the corner of Jones and McAllister streets, 7/9/16, during a tense 3 hour standoff with SFPD. Photo via SF Examiner.

McAllister/Jones Standoff Demonstrates SFPD Revised Use of Force Policy Saves Lives

July 10, 2016 | No Comments

SFPD’s revised use-of-force policy, among other things, requires officers to use de-escalation techniques to decrease the likelihood of the need to use deadly force.

Posted in Crime, Opinion

People gather around a memorial at Castro and 18th streets on Sunday to remember the lives lost in a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Orlando Can’t Unbend the Arc of Justice

June 22, 2016 | No Comments

Walking to my pottery studio last Sunday morning in San Francisco’s Castro District, I was stopped in my tracks by a growing crowd in front of a mountain of flowers, signs and candles. When I heard what had happened, my heart sank.

Posted in News

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We the People – Governed by Cowards

June 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of a coward is one who shows ignoble fear or timidity, one with a lack of courage or resolution. Know anyone on Capitol Hill who fits this description?

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Omar Mateen, the alleged Orlando killer.

Orlando Massacre: How Many More Must Die Before Congress Addresses Gun Control?

June 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

In the aftermath of this latest mass shooting, there is again a loud call for more gun control. Will the deadliest killing in US history of 49 people in Orlando finally be a tipping point, causing the enactment of reasonable gun control legislation at the federal level?

Posted in Crime, Opinion, Politics

Standing room only at Frank Ogawa Plaza with many others queuing in long lines to hear Bernie Sanders' speech.

Building the Revolution – Tens of Thousands Feel the Bern in Oakland

June 01, 2016 | 4 Comments

People snaked their way through Oakland on a hot holiday afternoon to see Bernie Sanders, thousands waiting in a miles-long line to experience this historic presidential campaign, even if it meant missing the beginning of Game 7, when our beloved hometown Warriors won the NBA Western Conference Finals.

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics

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Venezuela’s Collapse and the Deafening Silence of the Left

May 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

Venezuela is nearing collapse – turning more violent by the second – yet there is scant critical analysis of the country’s demise from the left.

Posted in Economy, Opinion, Politics

American Muslims protest growing Islamophobia in the U.S.

Islamophobia Alive and Well In the U.S.

May 04, 2016 | 1 Comment

The aftermath of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the ISIS-directed and inspired attacks around the world, have given rise to a growing Islamophobia in this country, fueled by the hate rhetoric of the GOP presidential candidates.

Posted in News

Seventy-one percent of homeless persons in San Francisco are  foremerly housed San Franciscans. File photo by Luke Thomas

San Francisco’s Intractable and Increasing Homeless Problem

April 24, 2016 | 5 Comments

Getting the homeless into housing or shelters has been a “concern” or a “priority” for every San Francisco administration. Yet, the number of homeless keeps rising.

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California’s Inadequate Minimum Wage Legislation

April 04, 2016 | 1 Comment

Governor Jerry Brown is in Los Angeles today to sign what has been touted as “historic” legislation to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Though well-intentioned, the excitement surrounding the legislation is overstated.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

GOP Presidential front-runner, Donald Trump. Photo via YouTube.

Donny Trump: The Rosemary’s Baby of the Republican Party

March 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

Listen up, all you uber-conservative mamas and papas in Congress – you spawned this child, now you better take care of him. Raise him as best you can, even though he has been learning by your example how to be more divisive and outrageous than you ever were.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Bottom feature of the center stained glass window in the north transept of Carlow Cathedral of the Assumption, showing St Patrick Preaching to the Kings. Created by Franz Mayer & Co. in the 19th century. Photo via commons.wikimedia.org.

A Toast to Saint Patrick

March 16, 2016 | No Comments

Saint Patrick’s Day wouldn’t exist if not for the man himself. Only two authentic letters from him survive from which comes the only universally accepted details of his life. Much of the rest is subject to some debate among scholars.

Posted in Culture

Former Oakland Raider quarterback Kenny Stabler was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy upon his death.

Football Is Unsafe and Should Be Banned

February 04, 2016 | 2 Comments

With all the hoopla surrounding Super Bowl 50, news that the late Kenny Stabler suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), shines light on the health dangers of playing American football.

Posted in Opinion, Sports