The Public Eye: The Death of Bipartisanship

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 10:22:00 AM

At the beginning of the 112th Congress, a Bay Area Congresswoman was invited to a Washington gathering of new Representatives, mostly Republicans. When she mentioned that, in previous eras, the two Parties had often worked together, a freshman Republican barked, “We were sent here to shrink the government, not collaborate with you.” President Obama seeks bipartisanship, but most Republicans aren’t interested in pursuing the common good. -more-

East Bay: Then and Now: BAHA Spring House Tour Will Explore Picturesque Villas in Arlington Heights

By Daniella Thompson
Wednesday April 27, 2011 - 04:49:00 PM
The Spring Mansion will be open on BAHA’s Spring House Tour.

The residential neighborhood gracing the hills east of Arlington Avenue and above the Spring mansion is one of Berkeley’s most scenic early 20th-century garden suburbs. Tree-shaded streets are lined with picturesque period-revival houses reminiscent of Italian villas, Norman country houses, Tudor manors, and beguiling “storybook” cottages. -more-

Senior Power: “Try to reason about love, and you will lose your reason,” wrote Russian playwright Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904).

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 10:30:00 AM

Three Sisters was produced in 1901, in Moscow. It is one of his several great plays: Ivanov (1887-1889), The Seagull (1896, a comedy), Uncle Vanya (1897), and The Cherry Orchard (1903-04). He may have been inspired by the 19th Century literary Bronte family associated with northern England’s historic Yorkshire county -- sisters Charlotte(1816–1855), who wrote Jane Eyre using pen name Currer Bell, Emily (1818-1848) and Anne (1920-1849) -- and brother Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817–1848), a painter and poet. Or by three sisters who were living in Perm, in the European part of Russia. -more-

Dispatches From The Edge: Europe’s Crisis & The Pain In Spain

By Conn Hallinan
Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 09:47:00 AM

When the current economic crisis hit Europe in 2008, small countries on the periphery were its first victims: Iceland, Ireland, and Latvia. Within a year it had spread to Greece and Portugal, though the GDP of both nations—respectively 11th and 12th in the European Union (EU)—are hardly central to the continent’s economic engine. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Apologies to William Rich Hutton

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 09:56:00 AM
Hutton's vireo at a suet feeder.

Close to five years ago, I wrote a piece for the Planet about an obscure native California bird, the Hutton’s vireo. It’s a small greenish thing, often mistaken for a ruby-crowned kinglet; the accompanying photo shows the vireo’s diagnostic broken eye-ring. grayish legs and feet, and stronger beak. Unlike our other vireos— the migratory Cassin’s, warbling, and Bell’s—Hutton’s vireos appear to be year-round residents. They frequent oak woods, build their nests with hanging lichens, and commonly join mixed-species foraging flocks in winter. Much of the species’ life history is undocumented. -more-

On Mental Illness: Responding to the Anti-Psychiatry Movement

By Jack Bragen
Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 10:26:00 AM

A man wrote in claiming that I am doing a disservice with my column because I am promoting psychiatry, which he claims is a fraud. -more-