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Pauli Halstead: Hindsight is 2020

January 21, 2020

Did a doctor (an MD), or a psychiatrist evaluate Gabriel Strickland before he was released? If he was known to be mentally ill, and need a higher level of care, he never should have been...



Lorraine Reich: Overturning Citizens United

January 21, 2020

Jan. 21 marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, which unleashed the deluge of money in politics we see today. With millions upon millions of dollars being spent by big...



Thomas Elias: Rent control again: Is this vote needed?

January 20, 2020

It was a head-scratcher the other day when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation submitted more than 1 million voter signatures aiming to place comprehensive rent control before Californians next fall, just two years after they rejected...






Manny Montes: Power is the progressive’s North Star

January 17, 2020

The House of Representatives’ recent impeachment hearings, and their vote passing the two articles of impeachment were spectacular shows of partisan politics, pure political theater, and represented, in stark terms, the dictionary definition of dishonesty....


Thomas Elias: Your local columnist: endangered by AB 5

January 17, 2020

From Madera to Mill Valley, Eureka to Encinitas, Coalinga to Claremont, local columns are among the most popular features in newspapers that still survive in this era of Craigslist and eBay taking away classified advertising...



Don Rogers: The heart beats, but who’s there?

January 16, 2020

And so one morning, my father woke up dead. His roommate of 30 years found him not breathing. Of course she called 911. The paramedics found his heart not beating. But his body, at least,...





Shanti Emerson: Can’t we all just get along?

January 14, 2020

The last column I wrote was way outside my comfort zone. I had been writing laudatory articles, but last time, I jumped in with both feet to the most divisive current issues: abortion, gun laws,...


Jerry Martin: Why teams in Sudoku?

January 14, 2020

Until now, Sudoku has almost always been a solitary activity, a competition between one human and a puzzle. Almost all Sudoku puzzles in books, newspapers and magazines are designed for solo solving; small, about 4...