Opinion

The generals should end the war

A statement from Veterans for Peace (Chapter 69, San Francisco) and Asian Pacific Islanders Resist
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OPINION All American military officers and commanders take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Their oath is a solemn obligation to the American people, and especially to their own troops, to abide by the law. Our men and women in uniform place great trust in their superiors. They risk their lives in the belief that they will not be used falsely or illegally or for ill gain.

There is no group of Americans with greater interest in the enforcement of international law than American troops themselves. Read more »

Gavin Newsom's wireless Edsel

Google and EarthLink get to snoop on you, your traffic, and your preferences
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OPINION What would you think if somebody tried really hard to sell you an Edsel when you could clearly see a Lexus on the lot for the same price?

That's what Mayor Gavin Newsom is doing with his "wi-fi everywhere" franchise deal.

The mayor put out a bid to get everyone in the city connected wirelessly at high speeds with a decent free service. Read more »

Problems with Peskin's Muni plan

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OPINION Last week the Board of Supervisors received a proposed charter amendment that takes a misguided stab at the much-needed reform of the Municipal Transit Agency, which oversees Muni. In undertaking reforms we all agree are needed for the MTA to better serve our city, the supervisors should consider the Hippocratic oath required of doctors: "First, do no harm."Read more »

The truth about housing money

Care Not Cash was supposed to pay for itself
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OPINION Just as in war, in 2007 San Francisco budget politics, truth is the first casualty.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the assertions by Gavin Newsom's campaign minions that the mayor's current budget proposal contains a $217.5 million city investment in affordable housing.

The purpose of these claims is to imply that Newsom has voluntarily allocated local tax dollars for this critical need — and that no more should be spent on affordable housing, especially some $10 million for lower-income rental housing production for families with children proposed by Supervi Read more »

A clear housing choice in the Mission

Why bring another Walgreen's in?
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OPINION On April 19 the San Francisco Planning Department approved a market-rate condo development with a 24-hour Walgreens store at the northwest corner of César Chávez and Mission. The project features 60 expensive ownership units and 67 residential parking spaces. Read more »

War at the remote

Artifice comes in many forms
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It’s a popular notion: TV sets and other media devices let us in on the violence of war. “Look, nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens,” President Bush told a news conference more than three
years ago. “I don’t. It’s a tough time for the American people to see that. It’s gut-wrenching.”

But televised glimpses of war routinely help to keep war going. Read more »

A real dialogue on trans issues

Intolerant film "The Gendercator" brought out the best in community response
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OPINION What I love about the queers in this town is just how messy and offensive we allow one another to be in our unified goal of relentlessly trying to strengthen our community. In some circles, the evolution of dyke space into a multigender population of transsexuals, genderqueers, femmes, tg-butches, bisexuals, lesbians, and men of all birth sexes has led to tension about queer visibility and discussions about misogyny, privilege, and appropriation. Read more »

A food bill for San Francisco

With leadership from supervisors, a progressive bill could be a model for America's food future
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OPINION You may not have heard about it, but Congress is busy deciding the fate of America's food supply: what's grown, how it's produced and by whom, and how that food will affect our health and the planet. Read more »

Downtown's sneaky parking plan

A measure would prohibit programs to make the city's mean streets safer for all of us
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OPINION Two years ago this week, the mayors of many of the world's largest cities gathered in San Francisco for World Environment Day and pledged to make their cities more livable and sustainable places.

San Francisco justly prides itself on being an environment-minded city made of diverse and livable neighborhoods. Read more »

Criminals of poverty

No amount of punishment will ever succeed in lifting people out of poverty
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OPINION The morning I got out of jail, I walked through the icelike streets of Oakland touching ivy and running my fingers along the sides of buildings and cars and the trunks of trees. It wasn't that I had forgotten how they felt. Read more »