Public Comment

Another Police Killing

Jagjit Singh
Friday May 29, 2020 - 04:30:00 PM

Another brutal murder by a white police officer captured in graphic footage the last moments of George Floyd’s life.
Floyd pleaded with the police officer, who pinned him to the ground with his leg against his neck.

“I can't breathe, don’t kill me” Three other police officers looked on refusing to intervene. The video went viral prompting hundreds of protesters to demand justice. The killing is reminiscent of so many black men killed by racist white cops most prominently, Eric Garner who was choked to death by a white police officer gasping for breath pleading “I can’t breathe 11 times before dying. -more-


Getting Our Priorities Straight

Romila Khanna
Friday May 29, 2020 - 04:02:00 PM

This is the time to rethink our priorities and get ready to vote in the general election to vote for the candidate who will care for the wellbeing and safety of all American citizens, irrespective of their social status, skin color or cultural background.

It is very disturbing to note that there are many people who don't have basic human rights. They are living on the sidewalk or streets. Even under pandemic and other related health threats, their right to live with dignity, and have food clothing and shelter is ignored.

I also think that each one of us must have access to basic human rights—to have food, clothing and shelter. Under today's health crisis, we have come to know that people who don't have money, health insurance or ability to fight COVID-19 are dying unnoticed. -more-


Open Air Dining - at the Public's Expense

Carol Denney
Friday May 29, 2020 - 04:16:00 PM

The "Berkeley Safe Open Air Dining" proposed for the June 2, 2020 Action Calendar is an outrage.

I've been a Berkeley citizen for almost fifty years, and have watched in horror as the council's priorities skewed more and more in favor of those with money and property squarely against the people inevitably displaced by those same priorities -- especially as they relate to the use of public spaces.

Nothing illustrates this better than having the same business lobbies that worked to try to outlaw panhandling and sitting on the sidewalk, and succeeded in outlawing having more than three square feet of belongings decide, in the middle of a health crisis predominantly affecting the poor, to offer special rights to monetize public spaces for profit only to businesses the lobby represents. -more-


Editorial

Biden Needs Warren to Balance His Ticket

Becky O'Malley
Thursday May 28, 2020 - 11:40:00 AM

It’s time for Joe Biden to fish or cut bait.

Thanks to the coronavirus invasion and more, he’s conceded to be The Candidate by almost all of his recent competitors.

Biden’s most valuable competitor has not conceded and won’t. That would be the father of the COVID catastrophe, the person anyone would love to run against at this point in his career, regardless of what he did in 2016.

There’s a timely bumper sticker ready for Joe’s campaign against this jerk: “Joe Biden Is Nobody’s Fool’. -more-


Columns

THE PUBLIC EYE: The Pied Piper of Mar-a-Lago

Bob Burnett
Friday May 29, 2020 - 10:28:00 AM

A familiar children's tale is "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." It's the story of grim revenge: a man is hired to do a job, does it, isn't paid, and responds by abducting 130 children. Now Donald Trump is enacting a similar narrative: leading thousands of Americans to their deaths from COVID-19.

Based on a 13th-century German legend, The Pied Piper has four parts: The town of Hamelin hired the Pied Piper to get rid of its rats; the Piper took care of the problem; the town refused to pay him what they promised; and the Piper responded by luring away most of the Hamelin children.

The Pied Piper of Mar-a-Lago also has four segments:

1.Contract: Hamelin had a rat problem and hired the Pied Piper to deal with it. In 2016, those who voted for Donald Trump hired him to fix a problem: the economy of the United States was not working for the ninety-nine percent and the government needed to be shaken up. Hamelin hired an outsider to exterminate its rats; Trump's base hired a Washington outsider to "drain the swamp" and "make America great again."

2. Action: The Pied Piper fixed Hamelin's rat problem -- legend says by playing his flute and leading the rats away from the city. It's not clear that Trump fixed the problem that his base hired him for, but he did shake up Washington and, for the first three years of the Trump Administration, the stock market went up 52 percent (by-the-way: during the comparable three years of the Obama administration, the market went up 78 percent). -more-


ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Treatment Practitioners Are Often Right that We Need Treatment, But They are Not Right About Everything

Jack Bragen
Friday May 29, 2020 - 10:56:00 AM

People with mental illness are often taught to distrust our own instincts and to doubt the validity of our own perspectives. Yet, these are the wrong things to impart to someone. When in untreated psychosis, it can be useful for a recovering patient to realize that her or his beliefs were erroneous. Yet, as we continue in our recovery, we should be validated and not negated. Many if not most of the things that we believe to be true, in fact, are. -more-


SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits & Pieces

Gar Smith
Friday May 29, 2020 - 11:09:00 AM

Trump's Comeuppance? How Tweet It Is -more-