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Ralph Nader writes a letter to Rep. John Boehner

September 22, 2014Dear Speaker Boehner,While millions of hardworking Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for...

The back story of the celebrated Boys’ Night Out at John’s Grill

 By Bruce B. Brugmann (Scroll down for photo id and to see Ex- Marine Pete McCloskey jump the barricade and storm Martin's Beach) Boys' Night Out, a creation of press agent Lee Houskeeper, was held...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: His 1932 speech to the Commonwealth Club previewed the New Deal

By Bruce B. Brugmann (with the full text of FDR's address) Ken Burns' documentary on the Roosevelts, broadcast last week by KQED,  was a stunning achievement and the best work Burns has done. It previewed...

SOS: A bill to protect oil refineries also threatens public access rights

Gov. Brown. Veto SB 1300This bill would establish a stealth template for how to gut the California Public Records Act one economic and political sector at a time. By Bruce B. Brugmann (with a First...

The Fourth of July: Remembering the good old days in Rock Rapids, Iowa

By Bruce B. Brugmann(Note: In July of 1972, when the Bay Guardian was short a Fourth of July story, I sat down and cranked out this one for the front page on my trusty...

Extra! Extra! Sunshine advocates beat the Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall

 By Bruce B. Brugmann And so the  Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall, which for two years has been conducting a nasty vendetta against the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force,  capitulated quietly at Tuesday’s Board of...

Norman Solomon: Obama escalates his war on journalism

By Norman Solomon (Norman Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Information about...

Citizen Agnos comes on strong for Proposition B in support of his Athenian oath

By Bruce B. Brugmann  (with the complete  text of Art Agnos speech  to the  May 21 dinner of San Francisco Tomorrow) When Art Agnos was sworn in as mayor in 1988, he used...

The anti-sunshine gang intensifies its attacks on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in City Hall

By Bruce B. Brugmann   (with special sunshine vendetta chronology by Richard Knee)  The Guardian story in the current issue demonstrates in 96 point tempo bold how important the glare of sunshine and publicity...

Memorial Day: Remembering the good old days in Rock Rapids, Iowa, circa 1940s to 1950s

 Bruce B. Brugmann(Reprinted and updated by popular demand)When I was growing up in my hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa, a farming community of 2,800 in the northwest corner of the state, Memorial Day was...

Dick Meister: The real May Day

 By Dick MeisterMay Day. A day to herald the coming of Spring with song and dance, a day forchildren with flowers in their hair to skip around beribboned maypoles, atime to crown May Day...

Norman Solomon: The problem with Obama denouncing a breach of international law in Ukraine

International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a “breach of international law.” Secretary of State John Kerry followed up...

“Monologos de la Vagina” An artistic and cultural triumph at the Brava theater in the Mission

I had just settled into my seat Friday night at the  Brava Theater in the Mission to see  the opening night  production of “Monologos de la Vagina" and the San Francisco debut of Eliana...

Sue Hestor’s 70th birthday party: “We Shall Overcome.”

By Bruce B. BrugmannPlus: Tim Redmond reports on Sue Hestor and her environmental legacy on his new local  website 48 Hills.org.  How do you say happy birthday to a San Francisco icon like Sue...

Solomon: Why the Washington Post’s new ties to the CIA are so ominous

American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain.A tip-off is that the Washington Post refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos -- who’s now the sole owner of the powerful...

Solomon: The CIA, Amazon, Bezo, and the Washington Post: An exchange with Executive Editor Martin Baron

 By Norman Solomon (B3 note: This exchange between Norman Solomon and the Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron followed a Solomon column that dramatized the ethical issues involving the Post and its new owner Jeff...

Holiday greetings and an early start to the New Year!

Special graphic for the Bruce blog by Louis Dunn, former Bay Guardian art director, graphic artist, and cartoonist. Selections from his work can be seen at LouisDunn.com

Joe Bulgo: The neglected hero of Pearl Harbor

By Bruce B. Brugmann(B3 note: reprinted from last year and to be reprinted every year by me for reasons that will become apparent upon reading this story.) This is the incredible story of the...

Dick Meister: The jobless need help. Now!!

By Dick Meister Guardian columnist Dick Meister, former labor editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com,...

Where I was on the day President Kennedy was shot

By Bruce B. BrugmannOn Nov. 22, 1963, I was a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, a famous MIlwaukee daily newspaper always rated among the top ten U.S. newspapers.I was packing with my wife Jean...

Calvin Trillin: JP Morgan cops a $13 billion plea

They touted securities they knew were trash.The government's case plainly showsThey're willing to profit from bucket-shop scams,Although they wear much nicer clothes.Calvin Trillin: Deadline Poet: The Nation

Solomon: We met Edward Snowden in Moscow: Please defend his right to travel

(B3 note: Norman Solomon sent out the following message from Roots.org. The message was signed by four Americans who recently  visited Snowden in Moscow: Thomas Drake, Ray McGovern, Jesselyn Raddack, and Coleen...

Meister: OK, Nike, pay up!

     By Dick Meister Guardian columnist Dick Meister is a longtime Bay Area journalist. He can be reached at www.dickmeister.com, which includes several hundred of his columns. OK Nike, pay up! You owe me...

Halloween 1951 and the good old days in Rock Rapids, Iowa

The tale of what really happened on Halloween Eve in 1951 in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  (Updated by popular demand.)By Bruce B. Brugmann Back where I come from,  Halloween was one of the most...