Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: The Berkeley balcony tragedy and the American legal system

In recent days, much has been written about the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse and its victims – mostly Irish students visiting the United States on the U.S. government’s J-1 nonimmigrant visa. More than 150,000 Irish students have used the program … Continue reading »

By Daniel J. Callahan

California attorney Daniel J. Callahan, the founding partner of Callahan & Blaine, is one of America’s leading trial lawyers. He has been named to the Irish Legal 100 for five years, an award that recognizes him as one of the top Irish-American attorneys in the United States.

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Op-ed: Youth on the street, Berkeley anti-homeless laws, and the Supreme Court

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court announced that LGBT couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Households all over the nation either celebrated, stiffened, or wondered what it meant to their community and to history.

In … Continue reading »

By Carol Denney

Carol Denney is the Human Rights Editor for Street Spirit newspaper and a local Berkeley musician.

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Op-ed: A student responds to the AMPS yearbook incident

I am responding to the recent hateful comment in the Berkeley High School yearbook directed at the Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) small school.

My overall reaction was pure disgust.

Someone on the yearbook committee took the time … Continue reading »

By Tyler Traylor

Tyler Traylor is a 2015 graduate of the AMPS small school at Berkeley High School. She loves writing, poetry, healthy living, and advocating for social justice.

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Op-ed: City manager’s departure is big blow to Berkeley

The North East Berkeley Association (NEBA) recently convened a board meeting for the express purpose of discussing the sudden resignation of the City Manager Christine Daniel.

We believe the loss to the city of Ms. Daniel reflects a very … Continue reading »

By Isabelle Gaston, Barbara Gilbert, Cole Smith, Gloria Polanski, and Sharon Eige

Isabelle Gaston, Barbara Gilbert, Cole Smith, Gloria Polanski, and Sharon Eige make up the Board of the North East Berkeley Association (NEBA).

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Op-ed: Calling Le Corbusier as a witness in Berkeley

The Court of Public Discussion on current Berkeley development matters now evokes Time magazine’s ‘Architect of the Century’ for his take on things.

When the leaders of post-Great War Paris decided on massive ‘slum’ clearance—the second in 60 years—the rising, … Continue reading »

By Phil Allen

Phil Allen is a retired blue-collar worker living in West Berkeley, who dotes on supporting ‘lost’ causes.

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Op-ed: For college athletes, is graduation a celebration or a reality check?

Most people see graduation as a time to celebrate, a time for one to bask in one’s accomplishments. But for many college athletes, graduation represents a change in reality, a shift in their paradigm. For most of their lives collegiate spend … Continue reading »

By Delency Parham

Delency Parham is a Berkeley High alumnus who recently graduated from the University of Idaho, where he played cornerback for the Vandals. 

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Op-ed: Religious leaders support effective, compassionate services, housing, not criminalization of homeless people

To All Those Concerned: As Berkeley and Bay Area clergy and religious leaders of diverse faith traditions, we stand lovingly and firmly united in opposition to new proposed 2015 laws criminalizing homeless people. As we describe in this letter, we … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: Berkeley Unified Superintendent responds to story on Berkeley Technology Academy

Last Friday, I stood in line to congratulate our graduating students at the Greek Theatre, including students from our continuation high school, Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA). As I watched them walk confidently on and off the stage, I reflected on … Continue reading »

By Donald Evans Ed.D.

Donald Evans is Superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District

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Op-ed: Living beyond the tragedy at Library Gardens

It is not every morning that one wakes up to hear on the radio that five people were killed in the building you live in. But that is what happened after I woke up on June 16 and heard the … Continue reading »

By Sam Cacas

Sam Cacas is a writer who has resided in Library Gardens Apartments since June 6, 2014. Readers can reach him at samwriter1@yahoo.com

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Op-ed: Developers should permanently share with the Berkeley community the wealth created by tall buildings

With respect for this community as a whole, I believe Berkeley City Council’s most fundamental objectives regarding downtown development have little if anything to do with funding housing for families with low and moderate incomes. Yes, better designs and development … Continue reading »

By Edward C. Moore

Edward C. Moore, a retired lawyer, is a 49-year resident of California and a West Berkeley homeowner.

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Op-ed: Mending the urban fabric on Adeline Street

Everyone seems to agree that Adeline Street is too wide. The question is: what should we do with the extra land that we can get by narrowing the street?

Read more about the Adeline Corridor on Berkeleyside.

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By Charles Siegel

Charles Siegel was the proponent of Measure Q on the 2014 Berkeley ballot, the Flexible Work Time Initiative. He is the author of many books, including 'The Politics of Simple Living: Why Our Economy Is Making Life Worse and How We Can Make It Better.'

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Op-ed: Home sharing in Berkeley is a vital income source that serves entire community

This coming Tuesday, June 9th, the Berkeley City Council plans to vote on a set of recommendations to regulate short term rentals, such as those facilitated through websites like Airbnb and VRBO. Following other municipalities, Berkeley’s current proposal seeks to … Continue reading »

By Jenny Lederer

Jenny Lederer is a native San Franciscan and university educator who has lived in Berkeley for 14 years. She currently resides in West Berkeley with her husband, father, and three children.

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Op-ed: BTA teacher asks, how can we support our kids?

The lengthy piece published Wednesday on Berkeleyside about Berkeley Technology Academy has certainly caused a wide array of reactions and emotions throughout our school, district and community. 

Rather than cast blame, point fingers and re-count … Continue reading »

By John FIke

John Fike is a teacher on special assignment at Berkeley Technology Academy. He is a native of Berkeley who has taught for over 20 years in East Bay public schools.

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