Updated: ECLETIC RANT:Should performance-enhancing drug use bar entry to Baseball’s Hall of Fame?

Ralph E. Stone
Thursday January 19, 2017 - 09:01:00 PM

On January 18, 2017, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum elected three new members to the Hall of Fame. Notably absent were home-run king Barry Bonds and star pitcher Roger "Rocket" Clements. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Recovery, Repairing Oneself, and Comparing Oneself

Jack Bragen
Thursday January 19, 2017 - 08:59:00 PM

Psychiatric medications often lessen symptoms of a mental illness, but usually do not eliminate the problems completely. A person with a psychotic disorder often must use a number of additional strategies to remain on an even keel. -more-

SQUEAKY WHEEL: The Citizen-in-Chief

Toni Mester
Thursday January 19, 2017 - 02:56:00 PM
Meeting Ken Small at the tank memorial July 2000

Troubled times are coming. Berkeley’s own Robert Reich has sounded the alarm in a recent column listing 15 warning signs that a tyrant is taking over.

People are frightened. For us old folks who have lived through so much, the feelings are familiar. I will never forget December 13, 2000, the night that Al Gore lost the election by fiat of the Supreme Court. Pulling into the driveway, I heard his concession speech on the radio, and I wept. I just knew that the presidency of George W. Bush would be a disaster, and it was.

Through those miserable eight years, through terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, and the financial implosion, I began to wind down a long career in public education. A bit pooped, I pensioned out at age 65 in 2008.

But the election of Barack Obama gave me the psychological boost to teach a reduced load for five more years. The Presidency touches individual Americans on an emotional level, and so many of us Californians are worried about Trump. In such times, we need to hold on to our values and each other. A whole lot of hugging is going on. -more-

OUR DAILY BIRD:Chestnut-backed chickadee

William E. Woodcock
Friday January 20, 2017 - 11:30:00 AM
Chestnut Backed Chickadee