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Op-eds: Berkeley seniors, Citizen United, Measures D, R

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
One recent op-ed argues the defeat of Measure R should be just the beginning for downtown Berkeley. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Opinion pieces keep on rolling in to Berkeleyside, although the pace has slowed since election day. All of them are published in our Opinionator section.

Four recent op-eds tackle a range of subjects.

Xavier Morales, executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, applauds Berkeley for passing Measure D, the so-called soda tax measure, and says that for Latinos and African Americans, who suffer disproportionately the ravages of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, “this win inspires hope.”

Zach Franklin says he’s thrilled that Measure R, the downtown initiative, was defeated, but urges us to build on the momentum, and “get serious about addressing the massive housing shortage in our community that is hitting working families hard.”


Judy Turiel, a Berkeley resident who served for eight years on the the city’s Commission on Aging, argues for more voices in the discussion about priorities for Berkeley’s older population.

And William Turner, who teaches First Amendment courses at UC Berkeley, addresses Prop P, which, of all the 2014 measures, was the biggest vote-getter. Turner says Citizens United is the most misunderstood decision in the 21st century.

Join the conversation — whether you agree or disagree with the views expressed — by leaving your comments on the op-eds in the Opinionator section.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don’t publish anonymous pieces. Please email submissions to us. The recommended length is 500-800 words, include your name and a one-line bio that includes full, relevant disclosures. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion.