Column: The Public Eye: The Iraq War: Where’s the Strategy?

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday September 18, 2007

On Sept. 13, George W. Bush spoke to the United States about Iraq. In his most somber assessment to date, the president claimed the surge has achieved modest results and a few troops can return home. However, “Iraqi leaders have asked for an enduring relationship with America,” therefore additional troops will only “return on success.” Bush implied that large numbers of Americans would remain in Iraq throughout the remaining 17 months of his presidency. He didn’t present an exit strategy, but rather a profession of faith: U.S. troops can “win” in Iraq. -more-

Wild Neighbors: A New Field Guide to All Things Sierran

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday September 18, 2007

A few years back, the Planet asked me to review a slim (hip-pocket-size, actually) volume called Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide by John Muir Laws, a joint venture of Berkeley’s Heyday Books and the California Academy of Sciences. I gave it a thumbs up, calling it “ideal…for beginning birders or hikers with only a causal interest in birds,” but also useful to seasoned watchers. Laws, like Peterson and Sibley, had written and illustrated his own guide, which did not assume knowledge of formal bird classification: all the streaky brown birds were illustrated together. The art was lively, the text concise and to the point. -more-

Flash: First Person

By George
Friday September 14, 2007

Here's a footnote to the Save the Oaks demonstration, sent in on Friday evening by a veteran of the Free Speech Movement, using a pseudonym for reasons which will be obvious. -more-

Undercurrents: Both Mayor Dellums and the Press Need Patience

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday September 14, 2007

This is the summer of disquiet and discontent for supporters of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and for those who may not have supported him in the last election, but still want him to succeed as mayor. -more-

Open Home in Focus: Historic Victorian Barlett House on View This Sunday

By Steven Finacom
Friday September 14, 2007

Among surviving Victorian homes in Berkeley, the 1877 Bartlett House, 2201 Blake St. at the corner of Fulton is rare, possibly unique. There are similar houses in San Francisco, and others in Oakland and Alameda, but not in Berkeley. -more-

How to Tell Whether You Are An Old House Junkie

By Jane Powell
Friday September 14, 2007

I have always enjoyed looking at houses. I think it started in my childhood, when we used to visit open houses on Sundays after church. As an adult, I have chosen a profession in which I can get access to many, many homes. -more-

Garden Variety: Make a Splash in Your Water-Thrifty Garden

By Ron Sullivan
Friday September 14, 2007

We’ll have our usual autumn hot spell, and things will get all dusty and drab, and we’ll all want to grow something green where we can. We’ll plant winter veggies and herbs and something to flower in December maybe, camellias and manzanitas and azaleas. -more-

About the House: Houses Are an Extension of Selves

By Matt Cantor
Friday September 14, 2007

My wife and I have been arguing about our house for 20 years. I know this isn’t unusual but it’s noteworthy and I’m going to take the long way ‘round in proving the point. -more-