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PRESSING ISSUES

Anonymity: Good for bringing issues to light or only a license to troll?

The lead from a recent Associated Press story caught my attention. The author, Barbara Ortutay, wrote, "Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 26, 2013
Last comment by Right, on Jan 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 68 comments | 3590 Views

THE OBSERVER

Gun Control

Gun Control is an issue that comes up whenever there's a horrible tragedy and fades away with the national memories of it until the next horrible tragedy. So I'm...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Apr. 11, 2013
Last comment by Steve Dallas, on Apr 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm | 52 comments | 2886 Views

THE OBSERVER

Joan Buchanan is no friend of animals

As many of my readers know, I'm involved in animal rescue groups. For years we have supported spay and neuter laws. Senate Bill 250 would have applied current law...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 2, 2010
Last comment by A Little Bird, on Mar 30, 2012 at 8:11 am | 50 comments | 2294 Views

TIM TALK

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads

The anti-oil folks in Richmond and Berkeley are preparing to battle against trains carrying fracked oil to refineries in California. Richmond and Contra Costa County,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42 am | 50 comments | 1196 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

Citizen editors: New solution to an old problem?

I've heard of citizen journalists, and now there are citizen editors. Or at least that's the descriptor I'm using for the folks in a program Delinda Fogel, publisher...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by liberalism is a disease, on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:12 am | 48 comments | 7292 Views

AROUND TOWN

Wal-Mart eyeing old Nob Hill for new 'Market'

Wal-Mart eyeing old Nob Hill for new 'Market' Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, is seeking a Pleasanton city permit to open one of its new "Neighborhood...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jul. 14, 2011
Last comment by Mal, on Aug 25, 2011 at 8:10 am | 44 comments | 4893 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

A Pope that a Unitarian Can Love Part One of a Series

I just finished reading Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2013
Last comment by BT, on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
40 comments | 6684 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Gay Rights Movement Coming of Age

(Note: In a rare triumph of propriety over punsmanship, I decided against calling this a 'Gay Rights Coming-out Party.' Don't get used to it.) In its perpetual...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 10, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Apr 20, 2014 at 7:22 am | 40 comments | 1879 Views

THE OBSERVER

Who do you trust on Measure W?

Who do you trust? Johnny Carson hosted a TV quiz show back in the 1950's called "Who Do You Trust?" I remember watching it when I was a kid, but I don't remember...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 23, 2010
Last comment by Eric Wallis, on Oct 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | 39 comments | 2322 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

We acknowledge an error in judgment was made

As was noted in a Town Square forum by frequent poster "Stacey," the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics includes being "honest, fair and courageous...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 7, 2009
Last comment by Start Afresh, on May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | 38 comments | 8210 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Debate 3: Horses and Tumult and Barnum Oh My!

The "miscellaneous impressions" format worked so well last week in promoting a searching policy conversation -- let's try it again. 1 -- The overriding theme...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 24, 2012
Last comment by cardinal, on Nov 4, 2012 at 8:31 am | 36 comments | 5343 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Since When are Competition and Lower Medical Costs a Bad Thing?

I am writing in response to brother blogger Tim's recent description of developments in the East Bay health care market. I'll admit to some uncertainty about the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 7, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Feb 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm | 35 comments | 3279 Views

AROUND TOWN

Look to Burlingame for more sizzle in downtown Pleasanton

Some merchants in downtown Pleasanton are fighting mad that neither their own Pleasanton Downtown Association nor city government are doing enough to help bolster...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Oct. 22, 2008
Last comment by Concerned, on Feb 4, 2009 at 7:08 am | 34 comments | 4426 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

House built on a sand foundation

Political campaigns are not famous for hewing to any line of ethical rectitude. The First Amendment that honors free expression is never stronger than when the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 31, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Sep 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | 33 comments | 3558 Views

TIM TALK

Obamacare is rotten at its core

Forget about the incompetent feds trying to fix a web site, it's the reality of the law that now is hitting home that is the over-riding concern. Incidentally,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Barry, on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:38 am | 32 comments | 28216 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

What is The Problem? The GOP is The Problem.

The first thing you need to know about Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann is where they work – at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 9, 2012
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | 31 comments | 2405 Views

THE OBSERVER

Frank Ganz revealed!

At the Town Hall meeting on Monday, August 22nd, I boasted that I knew who ganzfrank@ymail.com is and would reveal the identity in my Friday blog on the San Ramon...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Aug. 25, 2011
Last comment by Foz Faroff, on Aug 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm | 31 comments | 3303 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Sexual Assault and Military Justice: Competing Reform Proposals. Please weigh-in.

This month we celebrate Veterans Day (every year on 11/11, as the Armistice ending World War One went into effect in the eleventh hour on that date, 1918). It is...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 3, 2013
Last comment by Rawclyde!, on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm | 31 comments | 27658 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Coming to grips with the contraception kerfuffle; and Colvin v. DSK

I have been trying to sort out the Great Contraception/Religious Liberties/Women' Health blemish that has erupted recently. That's not as easy a task as it ought...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Feb. 22, 2012
Last comment by C. R. Mudgeon, on Mar 1, 2012 at 9:23 am | 29 comments | 1958 Views

AROUND TOWN

Amador coach among 4,700 losing jobs at NUMMI

This week, my good friend and lifelong Pleasanton resident Ken Villegas will find himself unemployed for the first time since graduating from Amador Valley High...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 29, 2010
Last comment by Pleasanton Mom, on May 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm | 29 comments | 6768 Views
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Moneyball, the Sequel: Billy Beane for President!
By Tom Cushing | 6 comments | 1,062 views

More changes coming to ValleyCare
By Tim Hunt | 14 comments | 571 views

Getting rid of an old toilet
By Roz Rogoff | 9 comments | 537 views

Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 478 views