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Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he’d be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he’d live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what’s best for California. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate “loyalty to California.”

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Goodbye, Christopher Columbus

In 1492, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and discovered the New World. And Oct. 12 was once a celebrated holiday in America.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 1:00 a.m. | | Goodbye, Christopher Columbus Comments 0 Comments

EBOLA CORRECTNESS

Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and ‘40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease — measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 1:23 a.m. | | EBOLA CORRECTNESS Comments 0 Comments

Death on demand: Not dignity

I’d like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received — terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live — I’d be like her. I’d like to be stoic and brave. I’d like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.

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Posted: oct. 16, 2014 12:29 a.m. | | Death on demand: Not dignity Comments 0 Comments

You can’t make this stuff up

Just in the United States, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what’s commonly called “makeup.” But lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and the like aren’t the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. | | You can’t make this stuff up Comments 0 Comments

Corporate largesse

Corporations are funneling money to right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 12:47 a.m. | | Corporate largesse Comments 0 Comments

Will next top cop back legal pot?

Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She’s such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.”

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Try to buy baloney sandwich with that

Rather than urge guests to leave bigger tips and thank you notes, Marriott should pay its housekeepers a living wage.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 11:08 p.m. | | Try to buy baloney sandwich with that Comments 0 Comments

College: It takes a mentor

I paid less than $10,000 to earn my college degree from a top-ranked school.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 12:38 a.m. | | College: It takes a mentor Comments 0 Comments

Health care: Only in America

I hadn’t heard from my friend John in some time.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 12:41 a.m. | | Health care: Only in America Comments 0 Comments

Volunteers for vino: Saga continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines, back wages and penalties for using unpaid volunteers. Those fees put Westover in the red.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 12:42 a.m. | | Volunteers for vino: Saga continues Comments 0 Comments

None can call it treason

A couple of weeks ago at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met’s new facade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete. 

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 1:09 a.m. | | None can call it treason Comments 0 Comments

That gosh darn minimum wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 1:08 a.m. | | That gosh darn minimum wage Comments 0 Comments

Dog running into things could have eyesight issues

DEAR DIDI: Our four year old pit mix will play with toys if we interact with them but if we throw the toy and ask him to fetch he loses all interest and walks away.  He runs into things around the house fairly often so we are wondering if he has a balance or coordination issue. How PETS we work on this? We adopted him when he was a year old and he is so calm and such a joy to us. Our other issue, unrelated, is that he growls intensely at anyone that comes to our home even if ...

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Posted: oct. 07, 2014 1:28 a.m. | | Dog running into things could have eyesight issues Comments 0 Comments

Fighting a 30-year war

“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.”

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Posted: oct. 07, 2014 1:22 a.m. | | Fighting a 30-year war Comments 0 Comments

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