Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: Recess restriction is discriminatory and counterproductive

This Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School Board will vote on a policy that would allow teachers to restrict students’ access to recess. As a parent of a child at Willard, I oppose the recess restriction policy as discriminatory and counterproductive.

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By Erica Etelson

Erica Etelson is a Berkeley parent, community activist and author of “For Our Own Good: The Politics of Parenting in an Ailing Society.”

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Op-ed: Sexual harassment at Berkeley High must stop

On the evening of Nov. 12 we sent an invitation to each member of the Berkeley School Board and to members of the leadership team of the Superintendent’s office at the Berkeley Unified School District, asking them to … Continue reading »

By Heidi Goldstein and Rebecca Levenson

Heidi Goldstein is the parent of two students at Berkeley High School. She is an adult advisor to #BHSstopharassing and can be contacted at hbgoldstein@earthlink.net. Rebecca Levenson is a consultant and nationally recognized expert on domestic violence policy and training. She has two daughters in the Berkeley public schools and is an adult advisor to #BHSstopharassing. She can be contacted at rebecca@rebeccalevenson.com

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Op-ed: More voices needed to set priorities for older Berkeley residents

Last Sunday afternoon, while some Berkeley residents recuperated from a half-marathon run, a decidedly older demographic gathered at the South Berkeley Library for a specially convened meeting of Berkeley’s Commission on Aging. Like all City Commissions, the task of this … Continue reading »

By Judy Turiel

Judy Turiel, EdD, a Berkeley resident, served for eight years on the the city's Commission on Aging. She is a longtime Board of Directors member of LifeLong Medical Care, a network of Alameda and Contra Costa County community health centers, and the Marin Adult Day Health Center.

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Op-ed: Berkeley overrules Citizens United!

The biggest vote-getter on the Nov. 4 ballot in Berkeley was not the tax on sugary soda, which got 75% of the vote and national attention. Nor was it a candidate for any office. It was Proposition P, which called … Continue reading »

By William Bennett Turner

William Bennett Turner teaches First Amendment courses at UC Berkeley, and is the author of 'Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains' (2011).

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Op-ed: No on Measure R isn’t nearly enough

I am thrilled that we voted 3 to 1 to defeat Measure R, and that the building of new housing in downtown Berkeley will continue. Let’s build on this momentum, and get serious about addressing the massive housing shortage in … Continue reading »

By Zach Franklin

Zach Franklin lives in South Berkeley with his wife and two daughters, and has a degree in economics and history from Brown University and a professional background in affordable housing.

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Op-ed: Berkeley love: Laying our Measure D vote on the cogs of the beverage industry machine

Fifty years ago Berkeley birthed the Free Speech Movement when Mario Savio stood atop a police car in the middle of Sproul plaza on the UC Berkeley campus and called for moral action. He shouted out:

“There’s a time when the … Continue reading »

By Xavier Morales

Xavier Morales, Ph.D. is a Berkeley resident, the executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, and co-director of Latinos Unidos de Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Cal should take down beer and athletics billboard

Has anyone been in the Alta Bates ER on a UC Berkeley football game night? I have, and it is an eye-opening experience of drunkenness and bloody injuries.

I was astonished this week as I headed home from work to … Continue reading »

By Jenny Burroughs

Jenny Burroughs is a Family Nurse Practitioner who lives in Berkeley.

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Op-ed: My personal journey to becoming a fierce supporter of Measure D

In February, 1999 my first grandson was born in Berkeley. He arrived early and underweight, and came home from the hospital 6 weeks after birth. That same year, coincidently, the City of Berkeley issued a Health Status Report, which included … Continue reading »

By Joy Moore

Joy Moore is Garden Coordinator at Berkeley Technology Academy and a KPFA radio host on “About Health.” A long-time local food activist, Moore played a key role in community efforts to reform school lunch in the Berkeley Unified School District, co-founded Farm Fresh Choice, is a member of the Berkeley Food Policy Council.

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Op-ed: The League of Women Voters urges a Yes vote on Measure F

The League of Women Voters urges a YES vote on Berkeley’s Measure F, the Parks Tax. Measure F proposes a modest increase of 2.1 cents per square foot in the current parcel tax that funds maintenance and repair of 52 … Continue reading »

By Nancy Bickel and Carol Stone

Nancy Bickel is President and Carol Stone is Action Coordinator of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.

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Op-ed: Measure D levels the health playing field

You are a busy person taking time to be informed and I respect that. So I’m going to let you in on my line of reasoning here: corporations impact what we drink, what we drink impacts our health, “our health” … Continue reading »

By Bryden Johnston

Bryden Johnston is a second-year Master of Public Health student at UC Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Berkeley teachers support Measure D

On behalf of all Berkeley teachers, I ask you to vote yes on Measure D for the health of our children.

Ask any teacher in Berkeley and they will tell you that there is a strong connection between physical health … Continue reading »

By Cathy Campbell

Cathy Campbell is the President of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers.

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Op-ed: Lessons from the war on tobacco: How to beat Big Soda

Remember when people could smoke in restaurants, on airplanes, and at work? This changed, thanks to tireless efforts by health advocates like me.

In 1988, California voters passed an excise tax on the tobacco industry which raised prices, reduced consumption, … Continue reading »

By Holly Scheider

Holly Scheider is Outreach Coordinator for the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition and a former Tobacco Policy Coordinator for Contra Costa County.

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Op-ed: Admin, students share blame for BHS Rally Day mob

I am a senior at Berkeley High School, I’ve been in school Leadership — a student government organization — for all four years, and I was present at Friday’s Rally Day … Continue reading »

By Joseph Taecker-Wyss

Joseph Taecker-Wyss is a lifelong Berkeley resident and current senior in Academic Choice at Berkeley High School where he is involved in Student Leadership, Key Club and the Berkeley High Jacket.

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