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Berkeleyside’s Op-Ed Section

Op-ed: The implosion of health insurance at UC

If you have worked for UC Berkeley at any time over the past 30 years, you might warmly remember that the university was well known for offering largely functional health insurance plans that made healthcare affordable for employees at every income … Continue reading »

By Melissa Quilter

Melissa Quilter has lived and worked in Berkeley for 31 years and has received her family's health insurance via the UC Berkeley. Her husband teaches and conducts research at UC Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Forty Acres cannabis club is a nightmare

I support medical marijuana, decriminalization of marijuana, even recreational marijuana for those who enjoy it. But I opposed Forty Acres’ cannabis club and was dismayed that some of the city council made supportive noises about finding a way to permit … Continue reading »

By Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a singer, writer, and veteran activist of social justice movements.

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Op-ed: The Berkeley Public Library is central to our community

The library is a critical component of our Berkeley community. As an organization, we must learn to listen and understand the trends that impact our patrons. The first step is an understanding of what those needs are. As part of … Continue reading »

By Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott is the Director of Library Services at the Berkeley Public Library

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Op-ed: Be careful of the free-speech balloon drop

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo united a stricken world behind the principles of free speech. But how are we doing really? Nationally the US Supreme Court has equated speech with money and hampers earnest bipartisan efforts to get money out … Continue reading »

By Carol Denney 

Carol Denney is a Berkeley writer and musician.

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Op-ed: Black, brown, red, white, yellow and mixed race lives matter in Berkeley

Demonstrators recently have taken to the streets of Berkeley to assert that #BlackLivesMatter. I have good news. Black and all other lives already matter to the people of Berkeley including the BPD. Here’s how I know.

My brother died on … Continue reading »

By Patricia Mapps

Patricia Mapps lives in Berkeley. She is currently reading "The Pursuit of A Dream" which was written by her late neighbor, Janet Sharp Hermann.

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Op-ed: Christmas Fantasy at Tilden Park is less spectacular, but 103-merry go round is in better shape

“They ruined Christmas!” starts Mike K. of Berkeley’s Yelp review of Tilden Regional Park Merry-Go-Round posted on Dec. 11.

That is how I was feeling when my children and I headed up to see Christmas Fantasy this weekend. While my … Continue reading »

By Tara Taylor

Tara Taylor is a Bay Area freelance journalist.

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Op-ed: Tilden Park’s Carousel has lost its Christmas spirit

For the past 20+ years the Tilden Park Carousel has been decorated for the winter holidays and has been a wonderland of lawn decorations, free visits with Santa, Christmas tree displays with a different theme for each tree, and of … Continue reading »

By Heidi Ross

Heidi Ross is a kindergarten instructional assistant, and a happily married mom of three who lives in Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Some protesters are just narcissistic fools out to destroy for the sake of destruction

On a recent Thursday night, I waited for 30 minutes in downtown Oakland for a bus that never came.  The nightly round of protesters had blocked off portions of Broadway near Jack London Square, disrupting car traffic and public … Continue reading »

By H. Scott Prosterman

H. Scott Prosterman is a Berkeley resident and veteran of many progressive causes, including marching with the Memphis Sanitation Workers before MLK was killed there in 1968. He is a professional editor in the Bay Area and served as an organizer for several organizations and causes in Ann Arbor.

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Op-ed: A positive solution to police response to protests

Witnessing the protests and police response as an outsider living in Berkeley, I’d like to offer a positive solution: when police respond to protests, they should have three times as many negotiators as soldiers.

There were real troublemaking individuals in the … Continue reading »

By Jeremy Faludi

Jeremy Faludi is a PhD student at UC Berkeley, and a sustainable design strategist. His publications can be seen at www.Faludidesign.com

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Op-ed: Loving protests fight racism best

After being arrested for helping to block traffic on I-80 and attending several other peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protests around the East Bay, I have seen first-hand how the loving message of tens of thousands of peaceful protestors across the country has … Continue reading »

By Dayton Thorpe

Dayton Thorpe is a graduate student in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley.

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Op-ed: Don’t call what Berkeley Police used ‘tear gas’

“We believe ‘tear gas’ is a misnomer for a group of poisonous gases which, far from being innocuous, have serious acute and longer-term adverse effects on the health of significant numbers of those exposed.”

Physicians for Human Rights wrote the … Continue reading »

By Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a Berkeley writer and musician.

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Op-ed: BAMN’s protest plans calculated to cause violence

I am happy to see that a rising tide of idealism is causing non-violent demonstrations for justice across the country.

I am not happy to see that the one of the main groups planning our demonstrations in Berkeley is BAMN … Continue reading »

By Dianne Emmett

Dianne Emmett learned during the 1960s that violent extremists can destroy a progressive movement. She has lived in Berkeley since the 1970s and she works as an editor and writer.

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Op-ed: The Berkeley Public Library — Shelter from the storm

We’ve experienced quite the storm in Berkeley over this past week, both metaphorically and literally. Often, the media will focus on the negative aspects of a story such as the Berkeley protests, choosing to focus on that which turned violent, … Continue reading »

By Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott is the executive director for the Berkeley Public Library. He assumed the position in early November after having served as the county librarian for the Tulare County Library

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