An Open Letter to Our Advertisers and Readers

Thursday March 19, 2009 - 06:06:00 PM

In light of recent threats by a Mr. Jim Sinkinson to Daily Planet advertisers, we feel we should clarify the policies of the paper, its overall mission, and the nature of this campaign of intimidation. -more-


The Dying Daily

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday March 19, 2009 - 03:00:00 PM

The School Cycle

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday March 19, 2009 - 02:59:00 PM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:03:00 PM


How Easy it Is to Get Scared

By Rinna B. Flohr
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:03:00 PM

Thank you Mary Lou Van Deventer for the time you took to research and write your March 12 commentary. I too am an advertiser with the Daily Planet and received the letter from Jim Sinkinson asking me to drop my ads with the Planet, and if I didn’t that I and my business would be seen as a supporter of what Sinkinson claims are anti-Semitic views published in the paper. Of course, the reason I take out ads is to establish good rapport with the community and to encourage people to come to Expressions Gallery and support its artists and events. I do not want to be in a paper that is viewed as one-sided or biased or losing supporters. I don’t want to be involved in someone else’s problems. There was a form attached to withdraw from advertising for me to fill out. I paused … should I fill this out and send it in? -more-

The Looking Glass World of F.L.A.M.E.

By Joanna Graham
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:04:00 PM

Jim Sinkinson, who sent out the misleading packet to Daily Planet advertisers accusing the paper of anti-Semitism and suggesting that they close their accounts, is, among other things, the director of F.L.A.M.E. (“Facts and Logic about the Middle East”), an organization with an address in San Francisco. Perhaps you’ve seen F.L.A.M.E.’s monthly letters in The Nation or in other publications, but whether you have or haven’t, you should check out their website to get a take on where they’re coming from. These folks, however many of them there are (two? three?), are extreme right-wing Zionist ideologues, the pro-Israel version of all those many online crazies who can fill your surfing hours with horror and amusement. -more-

Real vs. Imagined Anti-Semitism

By Jack Bragen
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:04:00 PM

In high school, there was a kid who would call me “Jack the Jew.” I asked the fellow student how he knew I was Jewish, and he told me he could tell by my looks. -more-

If You’re Going to Boycott Israel, Do it Properly!

By Raphael Rettner
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:05:00 PM

So there have been people outside Berkeley Bowl urging people to boycott Israeli products. OK. I understand that you are ticked off at Israel and in love with the Palestinians. That’s fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed all the facts. -more-

The United States and Cuba After Fidel

By Ralph E. Stone
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:05:00 PM

Recently Raúl Casto reshuffled Cuba’s government, replacing or moving 12 cabinet members a year after assuming the presidency from his brother Fidel. Supposedly, Fidel approved the reshuffle. It would seem that Raúl is now the undisputed Cuban leader, although the shadow of Fidel will linger over Cuba long after his demise. Who will succeed the 77-year old Raúl? And will the U.S. keep its hands off? -more-

Will We Miss the San Francisco Chronicle?

By Gray Brechin
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:05:00 PM

We seldom think of oxygen unless it’s absent. You’d think about it a lot if it suddenly exited this room; you’d start gasping and writhing, your eardrums would burst, you and your neighbors would do a lot of bleeding on each other, then you’d die. But if we gradually replaced oxygen with nitrous oxide mixed with just a soupcan of cyanide gas, you might not notice that anything was missing at all; you might feel very content as your brain and body gradually turned off and you lapsed into a sleep without end. -more-

Postmaster General Earns His Compensation

By Kim R. Fernandez
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:06:00 PM

The Feb. 25 commentary by Allen Sanford, “Mr. Potter and the Postal Service,” lacks any logical cohesion. He faults the very company he dedicated so many years working for by purporting it has a “monopoly” that through his faithful work he helped support. -more-