Pre-Election Vote Imperils Mirkarimi

Posted August 28, 2012 by Randy Shaw

With the Ethics Commission now certain to send the Board of Supervisors its report on the Ross Mirkarimi case several weeks before Election Day, the 30 day period for Board action ensures a pre-election vote. And that’s bad news for
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The Brawl Over Fair Trade Coffee

Posted August 28, 2012 by Scott Sherman

On May 20, the country’s oldest “fair trade” coffee company, Equal Exchange, purchased a full-page color advertisement in the Burlington Free Press. It was an open letter to the CEO of the Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee company, the world’s largest
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“Compliance” Review

Posted August 28, 2012 by Peter Wong

“Compliance,” director Craig Zobel’s second film, will unsurprisingly be a magnet for viewer damning. But this gradually horrifying film should also provoke viewer self-reflection regarding one’s place in the fear-ridden and acceptably authoritarian nation America has become. Sandra (Ann Dowd)
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Romney Goes Birther …

Romney Goes Birther …

Posted August 28, 2012 by

To the Editor: RE. “GOP Convention: Four Days of Unreality Television” by Randy Shaw (BeyondChron, August 27‚ 2012): Mitt Romney, speaking in Michigan on August 24, said of President Barack Obama, “No one has ever asked to see my birth
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GOP Convention: Four Days of Unreality Television

Posted August 27, 2012 by Randy Shaw

Millions of Americans will put the Real Housewives and other “reality” television shows aside this week in favor of a new series opening tonight starring Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the Republican Party. Although an actual hurricane has delayed much
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The “Target” Approach to Better School Meals

Posted August 27, 2012 by Dana Woldow

Wouldn’t it be great if many good causes – feeding hungry kids, organic farming, fighting global warming, growing small local businesses – could all be supported by school meal programs? In a perfect world, every worthy goal could benefit from
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America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Posted August 27, 2012 by Peter Kim

If you’ve traveled by car anytime in the past year, there’s a good chance that you noticed an array of potholes, lumps, and bumps in your local street or highway. In fact, crumbling roadways may have very well cost you
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