Opinion

Editorials

Watching the Big Show on the Small Screen

By Becky O’Malley
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:31:00 AM

We’ve taken to watching major news events on the Internet, on the biggish screen of my desktop computer. This has two advantages. The most obvious one is that we don’t currently have a working TV. I know, I deserve to have my official media membership card lifted on the spot for being dangerously out of touch. -more-


Sarah Palin Fails Her Most Important Job

By Becky O'Malley
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 03:41:00 PM

What’s a feminist to think? -more-


Cartoons

Women and the GOP

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday August 29, 2008 - 12:02:00 PM

McCain and Palin Storm the New Camelot

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 01:19:00 PM

The Recipe for a Democratic Victory

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 01:02:00 PM

Obama's Text Message

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 01:18:00 PM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:32:00 AM

AN AD FOR THE DEMOCRATS -more-


If That Ain’t Class Warfare, What Is It?

By David MaCaray
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:32:00 AM

The recent five-day tactical strike called by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) against the University of California is yet another example of the difficult road facing organized labor, particularly those unions who represent low-end or unskilled workers. -more-


A Letter to KPFA Management and Paid Staff

By John F. Davies
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:33:00 AM

The following letter is being published in light of the outright physical removal of a long-time programmer from the KPFA studios, and the recent bannings and firings of unpaid staff. It was previously sent to the station over four months ago. -more-


Hillary Die-Hards Oppose Equal Pay for Women

By Paul Glusman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM

If any women’s rights issue should be without controversy, the proposition that women should get paid the same amount as men do for the same work would seem to be primary. Who could be against that? Well, it turns out that Republican presidential nominee John McCain is against it. Oddly a group of women who purportedly are acting for women’s rights are going to support McCain, and by doing so, back his position that women aren’t entitled to be paid the same as men are paid for doing the exact same job. -more-


It’s Time for UC to Call a Truce!

By Mary Rose “Redwood Mary” Kaczorowski
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:35:00 AM

On the university seal, at Sather Gate and on every other UC branded item, the motto “Let there be light” is paired with an open book and the five-pointed university star that emanates rays of light representing the discovery and sharing of knowledge. On UC’s website one can view the following: “Principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in our mission of teaching, research and public service. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive. We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level.” Also highlighted on UC Berkeley’s website are the university’s fundamental missions, which are teaching, research and public service. -more-


Waiting on the World to Change

By Michelle Milam
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:35:00 AM

I am thinking in moments. I was born nearly 10 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and nearly 16 years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. My baby sister is five years my junior, my best friend and “sister” is five years my senior. My young cousin was born in the 1990s, and my goddaughter was born in 2000. Many of the children I work with are two generations removed from the civil upheaval of the 1960s. I find it ironic that Barack Obama was born eight weeks after the world received that fateful news that shots struck the presidential motorcade in Dallas. -more-


The Politically Multi-Faceted Joe Lieberman

By Rizwan A. Rahmani
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:36:00 AM

When it comes to party politics, Joseph Lieberman is neither a donkey nor an elephant: He is a politician of a genus that is quite a conundrum. He is more of a platypus, doing a dance of policies that is hewn together by very contradictory political allegiances, and it is duplicitous at best. Once upon a time, he was a Democratic senator from Connecticut, who was also a vice presidential candidate on the Gore ticket. While he ran on the Democratic ticket, he very shrewdly kept his Connecticut senatorial bid alive. After the so called failed ticket of Al Gore, he served his term as the senator from Connecticut (he won his bid). Then suddenly he found himself lost in a primary by a challenger who was a newcomer, and was against the war in Iraq. Then the senator did a political do-over and shed his Democratic skin faster than you could say Connecticut, and turned around and ran as an independent: so much for staying true to your political ideals. It was the sort of political chameleonic act that should have alarmed the voters of the state, and should have raised eyebrows in terms of what he really stood for. -more-