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If You Favor Tenure for Teachers, Put Down the Halos and Say Why.

Editor's Essays

As every child learns early, when you enter a debate unarmed, without a worthy counterargument, you are obligated to promptly change the subject if you care to finish with your skin spanning all of your bones. Welcome to the fairy tale world of teacher tenure in California, where a job-for-life is yours without asking, where the now-overruled and loaded last-in, first-out policy has been mercifully killed, pending

8th Time Is the Charm: The Bag Finally Is Banned


By Heal the Bay. Dear Friends: After six long years and eight legislative attempts, victory against the plastic bag is ours. Heal the Bay and a consortium of other nonprofits bagged a huge win last Saturday when the state Legislature approved a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags at major retailers throughout the state. Unlike Big Plastic, we didn’t have a campaign war chest. But we still prevailed -- thanks to

Here Is the Key to Unlocking Mysteries of Hypnotherapy


Clinical hypnotherapy, which I have been practicing now for 23 years, is an amazing tool to help anyone create vocational or avocational changes. Clinical hypnotherapy helps you to overcome challenges of stress, anxiety, nervousness, fears, phobias, panic attacks, overeating that causes unwanted weight gain, smoking, insomnia, lack of self-esteem, shyness, sadness, anguish, grief and

Remember That Only Israel Can Protect Israel


Dateline Jerusalem -- If the cease-fire holds, this will be my last daily update. However, I will continue to write my regular once-a-week essays that will encompass more than just Israel at war. I want everyone to know the real Israel via its cities and tourist attractions, its accomplishments in technology, science and medicine, its unique character, its food, its people, its history, its politics, every aspect of daily

The Globe Is Warming, but Our Debating Should Cool


I’m not a climate scientist and, chances are, neither are you. So how do we have an intelligent and productive conversation about one of the most critical challenges our civilization ever has confronted? We can’t turn to the GOP for a model to follow. In their view, the absence of scientific qualifications on their part isn’t reason enough to avoid making scientific policy decisions. It baffles me that people who otherwise would gladly take advice from experts on everything from preparing for surgery to how best to drive a ball down the fairway would make an exception in the case of climate scientists.

The problem with discussing climate change is

Left Worships at the Altar of Phony but Noisy Victims


Top story on page two of left-wing USA Today this morning bellowed “Why college women must report rapes.” On-campus rape has been a juicy storyline of left-wing media since the flukey Sandra Fluke testified before Congress of how she was being denied $30-a-month birth control pills by women-hating Republican meanies. The starved media swallowed it like an In-and-Out milkshake. Sans imagination, Ms. Fluke has neatly margerined her body and brain into a profitable, difficult to define,

Calculation Fun


New devices always are coming along to help us with calculating, and thus further automatizing, our lives. Now I can easily tell:read

The Oily Bird Warns About the Perils (?) of Fracking

Editor's Essays

My postman was breathless, red-faced and dripping with blue-collar perspiration when he hammered on the door this morning and handed me this urgent 105-word message from our dear friends at Food & Water Watch (

By Loosening Rules, State Can Boast of Lowering Dropout Rate


For many years, it was valid to urge that students take a good look around as they entered high school in the fall. More than one-third of their opening-day classmates probably would drop out before Graduation Day four years later. Dropouts remain a big problem, but the rates have been cut substantially, down from the disastrous 34 percent of several years ago to between one-fourth and one-fifth of high school

After Further Reflection, Netanyahu Made the Correct Call


Dateline Jerusalem – With the cease- fire still in effect, it may be giving Hamas time to re-arm and re-build. It is giving Israel the opportunity to do the same. During the war, Israel built up alliances with several nations, allowing it no longer to be so dependent upon the U.S. and England for weaponry. As we have seen, in wartime, the Israeli government cannot be playing childish games with governments who threaten and actually withhold necessary military ammunition, missiles, and parts. I do not condone burning any bridges with "allies," but it is imperative that Israel become an independent sovereign nation as soon as possible. This war showed again, Israel can depend on no one but

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