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Thinking outside the pipe

OPINION Although it's named the SF Sewer System Master Plan Project, San Francisco's long-term wastewater program deals with a lot more than sewage. It addresses stormwater runoff as well as the used water that...

After oil

OPINION Every day a river of cars flows across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, bringing workers, tourists, and visitors to the city. Nearly all run on petroleum fuels. Every day a staccato procession...

All Lebanon is collateral damage

OPINION Once again, Lebanese civilians are getting blasted, killed, and bombed by high-tech American weapons because Israel is angry and lashing out. I remember this well; even some of the targets are the same....

Pelosi sold us out

OPINION The recent Guardian editorial was absolutely correct in its analysis of development in the Presidio: San Francisco "wound up with the worst of all worlds" . Essentially it was Rep. Nancy Pelosi who...

Ammiano’s health care plan is fair

OPINION Universal health care. These days, most people want it, but no one wants to pay for it. But like it or not, we all share in the expense of providing health care. We pay...

After my son’s death

OPINION I am a mom who never wanted to have a gold star after my name. Last month, after two years of requests, I finally received the Army's report on how my son, Patrick, died....

How to end the violence

OPINION Despite its loss at the polls earlier this month, the spirit of Proposition A, the homicide prevention charter amendment on the June 6 ballot, lives on. Prop. A would have mandated that the...

The right to fuck and suck

OPINION Three years ago, on June 26, 2003, the Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws, and adults of all sexual orientations were, for the first time in the history of our country, totally...

The health insurance system: a crash course

OPINION I am a family practice physician who recently opened a solo office in San Francisco. Since deciding to make a go of it on my own, I have, by necessity, undergone...

Dastardly dailies

The Chronicle does its regular election-season hit pieces on the most liberal candidates

Prop. D’s misinformation campaign

OPINION Why are Joe O'Donoghue and the Residential Builders Association funding Proposition D on the San Francisco ballot? Could it have anything to do with the RBA's rapacious hunt for profits? You bet,...

From ANWR to SF

OPINION For more than a decade, the oil industry and environmentalists have fought over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. At the same time, polarizing debate has raged in San ...

Cruel and unusual punishment

OPINION Homelessness was recently put on trial in California. It was found not guilty. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared April 14 that the city of Los Angeles can't...

A few questions for the publishers

OPINION The MediaNews Group, which proposes to buy the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, the Monterey Herald, and 30 Bay Area weekly newspapers, is paying a 20 percent premium over the...

No more bogus school budgets

OPINION Spring means budget season at the San Francisco Unified School District. Under the state Education Code, the SFUSD is required to present its proposed budget to the public. But each year...

Save John Swett!

OPINION In seeking to close the John Swett Alternative Elementary School in San Francisco's Western Addition, the San Francisco Unified School District is making a gargantuan mistake. We knew from the...

In SF, health care for all

OPINION The question before us as San Francisco voters, health care providers, activists, legislators, and consumers is: "Can our community provide access to health care for people who work?"In a surprising, welcome, and wise...

Real tolerance

OPINION On March 24, 2006, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing the message that a group called Battle Cry for a Generation was set to deliver the following Friday...

The lessons of East Timor

Chega, the 2,500-page, recently completed final report of East Timor's Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation, will probably attract little notice in the United States, and it's not clear whether it's the Timorese or...

Bolivia’s ballot-box revolution

 The timid rays of the sun receded from the Bolivian tropical savannas, bathing the valleys and disappearing behind the Andean mountains, on the afternoon of Dec. 18. They seemed to foretell that the Bolivian...

Enforcing a hidden anti-eviction law

As the Board of Supervisors was in the process of approving a measure to require a public hearing before converting rental units into condominiums – a measure Mayor Gavin Newsom has shamefully pledged to...

Bail out the schools – once

The San Francisco school-closure process has been about as bad as it possibly could be. Information about the potential closings came late out of the district office. The criteria for inclusion on the closure...

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