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Editorial: When the Personal Becomes Political

By Becky O'Malley
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 08:46:00 AM

The buzz of the week is that John Edwards was carrying on with the cute little blonde videographer wanna-be who was trailing his campaign for a while. Some commentators affected surprise. Not, of course, the irrepressible Alexander Cockburn, who’s been avidly repeating the National Enquirer’s breathless reports about the affair for months. -more-


Cartoons

California Test Scores

By Justin DeFreitas
Monday August 18, 2008 - 09:40:00 AM

This cartoon originally appeared in the Daily Planet in November 2006.

Berkeley At Its Best

By Justin DeFreitas
Monday August 18, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:01:00 AM

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday August 19, 2008 - 10:35:00 AM

Debate Without Facts Serves No One

By UC Berkeley’s Seismic Review Committee
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:03:00 AM

We, the members of UC Berkeley’s Seismic Review Committee (SRC), write to rebut and fully refute the recent Daily Planet op-ed, “UC Berkeley Ignores New Earthquake Safety Report.” -more-


Schools Parcel Tax A Cause for Concern

By Sheila Jordan
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:02:00 AM

Teacher quality and effectiveness have a profound impact on the growth and achievement of children, yet securing the talent necessary to maintain consistent improvements is no easy task. To attract and retain the very best teachers, districts not only need the vision of high quality teaching, they need the resources to see it through—to provide competitive salaries and to invest in programs to keep outstanding teachers. This is often a challenge for cash-strapped districts like Oakland. -more-


What the District Doesn’t Want You to Know About Berkeley High’s Master Plan

By Marie Bowman
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:02:00 AM

The Trustees of the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) have hidden behind “the children” in an attempt to convince students, parents and the greater community that the unreasonably idealistic Berkeley High School Master Plan must be implemented. Here’s what you really need to know about the BHS Master Plan: -more-


Candidate X Speaks on Energy Policy

By Brad Belden
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:03:00 AM

A press release from the California headquarters of the fictional Candidate X presents his speech about America’s Energy Policy: -more-


Barack Obama — Liberal Trojan Horse?

By Liam Frost
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:03:00 AM

There have been many false accusations leveled at Barack Obama during this never-ending campaign season—from the malicious, such as being a Muslim or a follower of black liberation theology, whichever you choose—to the mostly benign, like being derided as an appeaser. But there is one aspersion in particular that has so far struggled to gain momentum, though as he becomes his party’s presumptive nominee it will be very potent indeed. The charge is that Obama is some kind of liberal Trojan Horse, ready to unleash a barrage of leftist measures as soon as he steps into the Oval Office. -more-


The Legacy of President George W. Bush

By Marvin Chachere
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:04:00 AM

Unless the earth reverses its rotation or gravity fails, future historians will look back and see in the Bush II presidency the start of a new America. Or, from the historian Arnold Toynbee’s point of view, America today is in its senescent stage. A simpler view is that the government presided over by the 43rd president has almost nothing in common with the original government. To be sure, the country has never fully realized those ideals on which its government was founded even though from time to time there have been sincere attempts to do so. The experiment launched in 1789 has produced interesting, exciting, unintended and sometimes admirable results as well as tragedies. Congressional representatives, for example, are not representative; “close to half” are millionaires (Associated Press, December 2002). The ship of state, once sturdy, is lost at sea like the “Flying Dutchman.” The American dream, for at least 99 out of 100, has morphed from an aspiration to an inspiration into a hallucination. The links “of,” “by” and “for” between government and people have been permanently severed. -more-


Kids, Alcohol and Science: A Warning to Parents

By the Berkeley Alcohol Policy Advocacy Coalition
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:05:00 AM

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series from BAPAC. -more-