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The ‘Free’ Community College Forum

One of the more intriguing concepts floated by The Prez* in his recent State of the Union speech touts 'free' community college as a smart 21st century public investment...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 28, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:22 am | 7 comments | 2216 Views

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Selma Soliloquy

I got to see the movie 'Selma,' recently. It's an important film, lest those events and dynamics fade from our national consciousness. I recall as a teen...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 23, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Jan 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm | 10 comments | 1672 Views

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The Genghis Chron, Part 2 of 3: Choices

As Genghis collie was reasonably comfortable, coping with his leg injury in the short run, we did not avail ourselves of unfamiliar emergency vet services that weekend....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 11, 2015
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm | 2 comments | 2295 Views

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The Genghis Chron: a Tribute in Three Parts

The strapping young Border Collie at her front door made it clear to me: I would not pass. He'd only been resident with my former wife for a week (albeit long enough...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 7, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm | 15 comments | 1661 Views

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Cuba libre?

Well, no – not by a long shot. It will take years for the recent announcement of a thaw in the western hemisphere's deepest diplomatic freeze to take full hold....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 21, 2014
Last comment by Ben, on Dec 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm | 25 comments | 1921 Views

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‘Twas the Night: once again, the year in review

'Tis two days after Christmas, I've waited this year, To bring you these tidings of news in arrears. For 'twasn't quite clear that the Day would survive, With...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 27, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Dec 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm | 2 comments | 2348 Views

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CIA’s Five Stages of Woe

This hasn't been a proud week for most Americans. We will forever chase our ideals, of course – aspiring to them is our cherished, shared bedrock value. We expect...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 11, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Dec 20, 2014 at 10:47 am | 34 comments | 2124 Views

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Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.

Obscured within a mother lode of trivia that makes up the daily data deluge, I almost missed the fact that the earth lost one of its giants recently. Ironically,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 17, 2014
Last comment by Derek, on Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm | 2 comments | 1601 Views

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Two Views of Race in America: where you stand depends on where you sit

Two articles bearing on race caught my eye this past week – even before the deluge of mostly righteous anger that has followed the Garner killing non-indictment....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2014
Last comment by steve, on Dec 15, 2014 at 11:29 am | 28 comments | 1747 Views

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Pork Politics

Save the Jersey 9,000! No, those victims of unspeakably cruel imprisonment are not of our species, nor are they even Jersey cows. They are, however, animals as...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2014
Last comment by Herman Glates, on Dec 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm | 34 comments | 2945 Views

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Duck!

Apparently all it took to animate our President was to officially confirm his Lame Duck status. After the drubbing he sat-out from a bit over one-half of one-third...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 23, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Dec 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm | 33 comments | 2503 Views

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Animal House

Show of hands – who knows that your Town or City underwrites the operation of the County Animal Services Department (ASD) shelter in Martinez? It's true – state...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 11, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:17 am | 5 comments | 3890 Views

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Brothers in Arms

I discovered this morning that I am related to a war hero – and

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 6, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Nov 13, 2014 at 11:24 am |
57 comments | 3510 Views

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Dueling Nekkids

As a man of a certain age, I'm fascinated with the implications of technologies that just weren't readily available to us Boomers in our stupider, better-looking...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Nov. 1, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm | 10 comments | 2600 Views

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‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?

My grandfather, the Accountant, had little use for law or lawyers. In his orderly view of the world (and quite apart from his dismay about the romantic attachments...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by paul davidson, on Nov 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm | 43 comments | 5114 Views

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Prop 47: not perfect, just preferable.

Prop 47 on criminal sentencing is a policy wonkboy's delight. It's complicated, dealing with legal arcana and impacts on several levels. It's obscure, having been...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 27, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Nov 4, 2014 at 6:46 am | 4 comments | 2709 Views

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And now, for Something REALLY Scary ...

o A couple and their young sons are traveling the highway, on their way to hike the local wildflowers – an annual family event. He has cash to buy a used car...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 31, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm | 2 comments | 1090 Views

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Prop 45 and Health Insurance Rates

==I It's … E-lection time again – you will deceive me, I can hear those nasty code words in your ads. I can tell by the 'on' you 'shine' me, darlin', That we...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm | 11 comments | 2567 Views

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Prop 46: Two Bridges Too Far

The insider's view of Prop writing must present a tantalizing panorama of options. There has to be a temptation to glom several, directionally-related concepts...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, on Oct 21, 2014 at 10:21 am | 21 comments | 4036 Views

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Lurching Toward Equity *

Today, the gay community stands somewhere between "Change Is Gonna Come" and Psalm 13 ('How long wilt thou forget...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm | 26 comments | 2036 Views
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The ‘Free’ Community College Forum
By Tom Cushing | 7 comments | 2,216 views

Mark Meuser is dropping out of the election
By Roz Rogoff | 8 comments | 1,310 views

A rare demolition in Pleasanton
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 818 views