Opinion

Editorials

Keeping Newspapers Alive: A Few New Ideas

By Becky O’Malley
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:28:00 PM

Yes, it’s something big to worry about. This week’s announcement of the imminent bankruptcies of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, not to mention other papers owned by super-capitalist Sam Zell, is giving newspaper fans everywhere a lot to think about. Even here. -more-


Cartoons

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Browsing the Addison Street Gallery

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday December 12, 2008 - 10:15:00 AM

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Barack Obama's Diversity Twister

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday December 12, 2008 - 10:16:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:29:00 PM

NO SECRET AGREEMENT -more-


Letters to the Editor

Monday December 15, 2008 - 02:49:00 PM

One Neat City! Change Starts with Clean Community

By Stevanne Auerbach
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:26:00 PM

We share the excitement of “change,” but to have real change we have to start with ourselves, in our own home, yard, block, community, and city. When we look around we may see clutter, litter, and a mess. Research shows that when people see a mess, they tend to make more of a mess. People must take seriously their responsibility for litter, and not depend on politicians, sanitation workers, street sweepers, or anyone else to clean up the mess they make. -more-


Library RFID Funds and Nuclear Weapons: The Prospective Connection

By Gene Bernardi and Peter Warfield
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:27:00 PM

The Berkeley Public Library has formally requested an exemption from the requirements of the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act and the Oppressive States Compliance Resolution so it can sign a contract with 3M for maintenance of the library’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) self-checkout system. -more-


Berkeley High Reforms: Money Well Spent?

By Priscilla Myrick
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:23:00 PM

Controversial and costly changes are planned for Berkeley High School (BHS) as a way to help close the achievement gap. BHS administrators claim that the addition of advisories, block scheduling and another small school will improve standardized test scores and college preparedness for African American and Latino students. While the goal is laudable, the effectiveness of the proposed changes remains questionable at best. The BUSD Board should be critically assessing the costs of implementation of the reforms against a realistic appraisal of the benefits. -more-


City Needs Antenna Master Plan

By Michael Barglow
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:25:00 PM
Antennas on the UC Storage building in South Berkeley.

The non-profit organization I work with, Berkeley Neighborhood Antena-Free Union (BNAFU), asks all Berkeley residents to join our cause this coming Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. at the Berkeley City Council meeting located at Old City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr. Blvd. On the agenda will be telecom demands for cell antennas at two more flatlands locations, the French Hotel in North Berkeley and 1725 University Avenue. -more-


Peter Camejo’s Legacy

By Chris Kavanagh
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:21:00 PM

On Nov. 23, an eloquent and moving memorial celebration for former Green Party of California gubernatorial candidate Peter Miguel Camejo was held at UC Berkeley’s International House. -more-


Looking Back at 2012

By Joanne Kowalski
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:22:00 PM

As I watched the Obamadrama I was impressed by the number of connections Barack made to past presidents. President Clinton spoke at his nomination. Support from Ted and Caroline Kennedy promoted favorable comparisons to RFK and JFK. Many remarked on his similarities to FDR and Lincoln. And the Bushes showed the Obamas around the White House and gave them tips on living there. -more-


The Anti-Transit Crowd Is at it Again

By Charles Siegel
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 06:23:00 PM

The small minority of Berkeley residents who are die-hard opponents of Bus Rapid Transit have not changed after their overwhelming loss in the recent election, where Measure KK was defeated by a margin of more than three to one. -more-