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  • In poll after poll, Bernie Sanders was the only candidate that could defeat Donald Trump, yet the DNC torpedoed his campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton.
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  • Cartoon by Bruce Plante.
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Mixed Feelings on Fidel Castro’s Legacy

November 28, 2016 | No Comments

Under Castro, Cuba improved significantly in education, medical care, religious tolerance, and racial relations. However, opponents of normalization with Cuba accuse the Cuban government of systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial execution.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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The Fall of the Democratic Party: What Happened and What’s Next?

November 18, 2016 | 7 Comments

Much has been written about the disaffection of likely Democratic voters in the just-held presidential election. But this disaffection began long ago.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

In poll after poll, Bernie Sanders was the only candidate that could defeat Donald Trump, yet the DNC torpedoed his campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton.

The Painful Side of Democracy

November 10, 2016 | 8 Comments

Just as a broken clock is right twice a day, there are some pronouncements made by Trump that are just plain true. The election was indeed rigged, but it was from within our own electoral process and not from outside forces.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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RIP, GOP

October 15, 2016 | 3 Comments

But nothing trumps Trump when it comes to his horrific bragging of sexual predatory assaults. Making no sense, too many Republicans still straddle the fence over finding his comments abhorrent while still endorsing him. This will be the final nail in their coffin.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Cartoon by Bruce Plante.

Kaepernick and Police Unions Poles Apart on Racism

September 22, 2016 | No Comments

Immediately, critics turned Kaepernick’s protest into disrespect of the flag and of veterans. This, of course, is nonsense. The America flag symbolizes many things and certainly among them is the right and, indeed, the duty to protest injustice.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Sports

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Despite Criticism, Mother Teresa Canonized a Saint

September 06, 2016 | No Comments

While Mother Teresa’s clinics received millions of dollars in donations, their conditions drew criticism from people disturbed by a shortage of medical care and nutrition.

Posted in Opinion, Religion

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Kudos to Colin Kaepernick

August 29, 2016 | No Comments

Kaepernick explained his action saying he didn’t want to “show pride” in a country that “oppresses black people and people of color,” citing a number of shootings of black people by white police officers.

Posted in Opinion, Sports

Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Michigan provide $400 to doctors who fully immunize children before age 2.

A Shot in the Arm or a Kick in the Gut?

August 01, 2016 | 5 Comments

For people on either side of the vaccine debate, you might want to sit yourself down and compose yourself before you read any further. For someone like me who often casts a cynical eye on the devious doings of various organizations, I was not prepared for this one because it involves our children.

Posted in Healthcare, Opinion

Khizr Khan holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a speech at the Democratic National Convention, questioning whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has ever read it.

Donald Trump, the Muslim Basher

August 01, 2016 | 3 Comments

On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan delivered a passionate appeal for voters to support Hillary Clinton, and accused Donald Trump of sacrificing “nothing.”

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

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 | 1 Comment

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.

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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