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PRESSING ISSUES

Anonymity: Good for bringing issues to light or only a license to troll?

The lead from a recent Associated Press story caught my attention. The author, Barbara Ortutay, wrote, "Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 26, 2013
Last comment by Right, on Jan 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 68 comments | 3813 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Hot enough for you?

The desperate, rear-guard postings of climate deniers in Brother Tim's recent blog surprised me – apparently the new tack of that well-funded little band of ostriches...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 13, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on May 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm | 59 comments | 3638 Views

THE OBSERVER

Gun Control

Gun Control is an issue that comes up whenever there's a horrible tragedy and fades away with the national memories of it until the next horrible tragedy. So I'm...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Apr. 11, 2013
Last comment by Steve Dallas, on Apr 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm | 52 comments | 3032 Views

TIM TALK

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads

The anti-oil folks in Richmond and Berkeley are preparing to battle against trains carrying fracked oil to refineries in California. Richmond and Contra Costa County,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42 am | 50 comments | 3547 Views

THE OBSERVER

Joan Buchanan is no friend of animals

As many of my readers know, I'm involved in animal rescue groups. For years we have supported spay and neuter laws. Senate Bill 250 would have applied current law...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 2, 2010
Last comment by A Little Bird, on Mar 30, 2012 at 8:11 am | 50 comments | 2469 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

Citizen editors: New solution to an old problem?

I've heard of citizen journalists, and now there are citizen editors. Or at least that's the descriptor I'm using for the folks in a program Delinda Fogel, publisher...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by John, on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:56 am | 49 comments | 10638 Views

THE OBSERVER

Cemetery Gripe Fest

The City Council cancelled their regular Tuesday night meeting and instead held a Workshop on Creekside Memorial Park which is the cemetery planned for Tassajara...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jun. 25, 2014
Last comment by Bob P, on Jul 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm | 48 comments | 2345 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Tin Cup Moment

Somebody named Collin Cowgill hit a 14th inning walk-off homerun for the Anaheim Disneys Tuesday evening, handing our Athletics a fairly rare defeat in the process....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jun 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 43 comments | 4288 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

A Pope that a Unitarian Can Love – Part One of a Series

I just finished reading Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2013
Last comment by BT, on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
40 comments | 8230 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Gay Rights Movement Coming of Age

(Note: In a rare triumph of propriety over punsmanship, I decided against calling this a 'Gay Rights Coming-out Party.' Don't get used to it.) In its perpetual...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 10, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 20, 2014 at 7:22 am | 40 comments | 7704 Views

THE OBSERVER

Who do you trust on Measure W?

Who do you trust? Johnny Carson hosted a TV quiz show back in the 1950's called "Who Do You Trust?" I remember watching it when I was a kid, but I don't remember...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 23, 2010
Last comment by Eric Wallis, on Oct 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | 39 comments | 2575 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

We acknowledge an error in judgment was made

As was noted in a Town Square forum by frequent poster "Stacey," the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics includes being "honest, fair and courageous...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 7, 2009
Last comment by Start Afresh, on May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | 38 comments | 8312 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Debate 3: Horses and Tumult and Barnum – Oh My!

The "miscellaneous impressions" format worked so well last week in promoting a searching policy conversation -- let's try it again. 1 -- The overriding theme...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 24, 2012
Last comment by cardinal, on Nov 4, 2012 at 8:31 am | 36 comments | 6491 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Since When are Competition and Lower Medical Costs a Bad Thing?

I am writing in response to brother blogger Tim's recent description of developments in the East Bay health care market. I'll admit to some uncertainty about the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 7, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Feb 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm | 35 comments | 6917 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

House built on a sand foundation

Political campaigns are not famous for hewing to any line of ethical rectitude. The First Amendment that honors free expression is never stronger than when the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 31, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Sep 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | 33 comments | 3841 Views

TIM TALK

Obamacare is rotten at its core

Forget about the incompetent feds trying to fix a web site, it's the reality of the law that now is hitting home that is the over-riding concern. Incidentally,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Barry, on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:38 am | 32 comments | 31774 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Who, exactly, is the clown here?

Clowns are a sure-fire leed. As an unabashed fan of Steven Sondheim,* I was drawn to the title of Maureen Dowd's recent column in the NYTimes:

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 14, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm |
32 comments | 1870 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

What is The Problem? The GOP is The Problem.

The first thing you need to know about Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann is where they work – at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 9, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | 31 comments | 2619 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Sexual Assault and Military Justice: Competing Reform Proposals. Please weigh-in.

This month we celebrate Veterans Day (every year on 11/11, as the Armistice ending World War One went into effect in the eleventh hour on that date, 1918). It is...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 3, 2013
Last comment by Rawclyde!, on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm | 31 comments | 34761 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?

My grandfather, the Accountant, had little use for law or lawyers. In his orderly view of the world (and quite apart from his dismay about the romantic attachments...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, 2 hours ago | 31 comments | 889 Views
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Circumstances without Pomp
By Roz Rogoff | 3 comments | 1,080 views

‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?
By Tom Cushing | 31 comments | 889 views

Political posturing about water
By Tim Hunt | 4 comments | 682 views

trAction Painting Summer Camp
By John A. Barry | 1 comment | 80 views