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Ukraine Get-It-Off-Your-Chest Forum

We have all had a few months to absorb the ongoing governance agonies of Ukraine. Many of us have formed opinions on the subject, some sooner than others, some...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 20, 2014
Last comment by suzan brown, on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:04 am | 11 comments | 182373 Views


Hacienda Business Park evolves to meet demand

Since it was approved in the 1982, Hacienda Business Park has consistently evolved to accommodate changing market conditions. As General Manager James Paxson told...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 10, 2014
Last comment by Lisa Rose, on Jul 20, 2015 at 3:30 am | 3 comments | 62518 Views


Taxpayer-funded universal preschool is no panacea

Democrats ranging from President Obama to California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg to progressive New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have all been pushing ahead with...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 3, 2014
Last comment by Ms. bunny, on Apr 10, 2014 at 9:38 am | 18 comments | 57322 Views


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 | 49696 Views


BART contract still needs work

The BART strike finally has ended and pundits—including yours truly—are asking who won. That still will be a matter of debate, but it's no question...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 24, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm | 20 comments | 43901 Views


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 | 42481 Views


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 Sean, on Nov 13, 2014 at 9:31 am | 35 comments | 39266 Views


Kudos to the GOP on New Voting Initiatives

Fair-is-fair: at times, I have been critical of positions and tactics used by the Republicans ? but when they do something that is an unconditionally Good Thing...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Mar. 31, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm | 23 comments | 35631 Views


Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities

May and June are important months for constructing college success at earlier grade levels. Most students think about standardized testing in the junior year, but...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 34522 Views


No Longer Ready for Some Football

The Miami Dolphins are playing on Monday Night Football this evening ? I won't be watching. Football has lost me, and not just because of the current bullying...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 11, 2013
Last comment by William, on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:36 am | 25 comments | 32093 Views


Another bad idea from the air board

If you are looking for a classic case of bureaucratic over-reach, consider the Bay Area air board's latest brain child to forbid the sale of a home with a wood-burning...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 26, 2015
Last comment by Robert , on Mar 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm | 20 comments | 31767 Views


Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in ? maybe never?

Boomers tend to view the sustained prosperity of the mid-20th century as the way things are supposed to be. Back then, incomes rose across the board, growth was...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 28, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 5, 2014 at 6:50 am | 25 comments | 30074 Views


I Am Spartacus

"First, they came for my phone records, and I did nothing ?" While the media have obsessed about one particular, ultimately transitory untruth emanating from...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2013
Last comment by geral, on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | 8 comments | 29362 Views


"...On the Pavement, Thinkin' 'Bout the Government ..." Part One

Setting aside Dylan's badge-wearing man in a trench coat (laid-off in the government shutdown), I Have Been thinking about the government lately. So have others,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 15, 2013
Last comment by spcwt, on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:08 am | 13 comments | 28424 Views


The Dismal Science Comes to a Dismal Realization

A consensus is emerging, at least among liberal economists, about what continues to ail the US economy. It's not a happy message, because it suggests that we're...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 20, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm | 23 comments | 28221 Views


Problems with the New Journalism, or Why I Miss Uncle Walter.

As a naturalized netizen, I grew up in a paper-and-pencil world with only three TV channels. We were actually a Huntley/Brinkley household, in the same way folks...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 29, 2013
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | 15 comments | 27996 Views


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 D loansmob, on May 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm | 38 comments | 26835 Views


News and notes

As Election Day dawns, the intensity of the various campaigns peaks and the auto-dial calls accelerate. Hurray for answering machines. Another sign of the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 5, 2012
Last comment by cy, on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm | 5 comments | 24924 Views


New column answers readers' questions

Newsflash! We are living in an ever-changing, evolving media climate. How we get our news, when we get our news and who provides our news has morphed into something...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 1, 2007
There are no comments yet. 24802 Views


Barry Taylor: a big heart and a big loss

The sudden death last weekend of Taylor Family Foundation founder and President Barry Taylor sadly serves as a reminder of just how precious every day is. Barry,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 20, 2013
Last comment by DawnMarie Kotsonis, on Nov 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm | 7 comments | 24606 Views
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Editorial: Pleasanton Police Department's unwarranted silence unacceptable
By Gina Channell-Allen | 17 comments | 1,221 views

The Cleric and the clerk*
By Tom Cushing | 9 comments | 336 views

The Arts and Critical Thinking
By Roz Rogoff | 6 comments | 221 views