Articles Posted in the Opinion Category

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    What’s Wrong With the Breakup of Iraq?

    The unintended consequence of the U.S. Iraq war, the so-called Arab Spring, and the Syrian conflict, is the collapse of the post-World War I partition of the Ottoman empire by the British and the French

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    San Francisco Poised to Implement Laura’s Law

    The Board of Supervisors appears poised to finally implement Laura’s Law in San Francisco at a meeting tentatively set for July 8. Supervisor David Campos, a long-time opponent of involuntary treatment of the mentally ill, reportedly agreed to support the move if certain amendments are added.

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    Bush’s Iraq War Spiraling into Civil War

    Iraq is descending into civil war. The nation is close to a partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish zones, a predictable result of Bush’s ill-advised, unnecessary war.

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    More Mass Killings Can be Expected in Our Gun Crazy Nation

    As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. And how quickly the killings moved off the front pages.

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    Prisoner Swap is an Opportunity to Again Debate the Closing of Guantánamo

    It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.

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    Obama, Get Angry

    Senator John Boehner recently derided the President as being “nuts” for believing the Keystone pipeline could cause environmental damage. Never mind that he qualified his assessment by noting that he was not a scientist, never mind the threat of eco-terrorism on that pipeline that could be disastrous, never mind that we need to focus on cleaner, renewable energies.

  • Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (left) and Supervisor David Campos (right) are vying to replace termed out Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in the hotly contested District 17 race. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    The Three-David Race for Assemblymember

    Don’t for a moment believe David Chiu’s claim that there’s little difference in the “shades of blue [Democrats]” between he and David Campos. Nor should you believe observers who ludicrously claim that there’s very little difference in the voting records of Chiu and Campos.

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    Thoughts on the Donald Sterling Matter

    National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million, and will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team following the publication of a recorded conversation between Sterling and his ex-mistress, V. Stiviano, during which Sterling made racist comments.

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    Pacifica Radio: Don’t Slay the Messenger

    Here’s the scene:Two children are fighting. They are fighting because the elder child has taken a toy from the younger one. The younger one protests and insists: “I want my toy. This isn’t fair!” And as this child yells, he is subject to the jeers and possible abuse of the elder child.

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    It’s Ok to Hate the Super Rich

    There are times when hatred is a needed, logical and moral stance to take. Evil, injustice and corruption, are fine examples of what to appropriately hate.

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    Keeping Firearms from the Mentally Ill

    The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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    Crisis in the California Courts

    Last year, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi made statements on the importance of adequate funding for the California courts. Why? Because the California state court system — the largest in the world – is in crisis.

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    Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility

    December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

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    U.S. Must Suspend Aid to Anti-Gay Uganda

    The U.S. should cut off aid to Uganda over its anti-gay crackdown.

  • With gentrification sweeping through San Francisco, concerns are being raised about dwindling diversity in San Francisco schools.  File photo by Luke Thomas, 2006.

    Education and Gentrification: Let’s Stop Ignoring the Correlation in San Francisco

    Rapid gentrification has been affecting the lives of all of San Francisco’s residents, so why has the relationship between the city’s changing population and public education been largely ignored?

  • War hawk Sentaor Dianne Feinstein supports NSA snooping of Americans.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Commentary on Senator Feinstein’s Defense of NSA Surveillance

    Senator Dianne Feinstein recently wrote an op-ed defending NSA surveillance programs. In her op-ed, Feinstein disingenuously assures us the NSA does not conduct surveillance, but rather it merely collects information contained on the average telephone bill.

  • A proposed luxury condo development on San Francisco's historic waterfront would exceed the height of the now-demolished Embarcadero Freeway and block westward and eastward views if approved by voters in November.

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    This is Not Miami – The Fight over San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront

    There is a battle being waged for the soul of San Francisco between developers, who would like to turn our city into a playground for the wealthy in return for large profits, versus people who live and work here and wish to preserve the character that makes our city a welcomed change from the urban status quo.