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Re: “Fatal System Error

Excellent article. Yes, we do have local inequities and tragedies in medical services.
However, readers should also look at the much bigger picture. Suggest doing a Google search for medical expenditures by country. We pay about 50% more for health care than the next closest country, and about double the cost of the average developed country. On top of this, we like our medical system far less than citizens in about every other western European country.
Also suggest a Google search for “Time Magazine, Medicine gets personal” for the article in the Dec 29, 2014 issue with the same title. Dr Bliss is creating a plan based on keeping people well and out of ER with preventative care, rather than racking up fees for services rendered and pricy ER visits. He sees far fewer patients in a day, but spends much more time with each patient while earning the same salary by keeping people healthy.

Posted by Osman Vincent on 01/12/2015 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

More and more quality people aren't going into education. It isn't because of the pay. It is because of poor administrators (principals) and dirty politics. It is difficulty to teach when you have a corrupt and incompetent principal targeting you. I wouldn't tell anyone to go into teaching nowadays. There are much better avenues. With PAR anyone can make something up about a teacher and then they are put through a secretive, unfair sham process and hearing, and then the teacher is done. PAR is one of the major reasons I told my own children not to become teachers. Berkeley High is a mess and PAR won't fix that. Good administration that unites rather than divides the community will fix that. Right now we don't have those leaders in my opinion.

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Posted by j.j. craig on 01/12/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 7, 2015

Privatization of parks is a major initiative in the so-called "hospitality and recreation" corporate environment. In California, 5 state parks were recently contracted out to private for-profit companies as a result of the threat to close 70 parks. No one said a word about this, certainly not the California State Parks Foundation and its president, Elizabeth Goldstein. They keep such moves under the radar. So, while names are important, and no company should prey on them as private meat, the real shame is the ongoing threat of privatization and the lack of adequate funding for your state and federal park lands.

Posted by Franklin Graham on 01/12/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “A Worker's Life Under H&R Block

In response to HRB EA: grocery store clerks in the Midwest are offered a starting hourly wage of anywhere from the minimum wage ($7.50 per hour) to $8.00 per hour. Working full-time (40 hours per week) for 52 weeks, that equals a gross annual income of anywhere from $15,600 to $16,640. A person making $30,000 in the four-month tax season easily translates into a person earning $120,000 annually, between 7 and 7and 1/2 times a grocery clerk's annual income. Even if you were to choose to do NOTHING in the other eight months available to you outside of tax season, you would still be earning almost twice the annual income of a grocery clerk in 1/3 the amount of time. Please do some kind of research into the income of the average hourly-paid American before you put yourself again into the position of coming across as condescending and entitled.

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Posted by Carter Joyce on 01/10/2015 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Indeed, the attempt to racialize the report on Gibson-McElheney is counterproductive. On the other hand, the EBX seems to have it in for her: as I wrote earlier, it's a peculiar vendetta, most likely with political motives. #LifeMatters,NotItsColor

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Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 01/09/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Fatal System Error

I don't quite understand. If the health care professionals are being paid for their time and service, why are there always issues of people not receiving the care that is deserved and required. Are the patients being judged because they are low-income and therefore deemed not deserving of the proper care? How dare it be decided that a person does not deserve the best just because they happen to not be able to afford a "better" type health insurance. It's a sad day when the health care professional loses sight of why they entered this field in the first place. I would like to believe that it's was for the love of helping people. What would the other reason be? I'm sure the professionals have some legitimate complaints about business politics, but again it seems that the love of helping people should reign over it all.

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Posted by Denise Harrell on 01/09/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

The attempt to racialize the report on Gibson-McElheney's ethical behavior is counterproductive. G-M, like all Oakland Council members, is the preferred pol of Oakland's largely-white, but diverse, elite. Her elitism is what defines her, and her colleagues, not her ethnicity.

The bottom line is how well G-M and other members of the Council crew serve those Oakland in Oakland most in need or otherwise deserving. Oakland's electeds largely serve themselves and their "careers."

Indeed, if the East Bay Express would devote just a smidgen of effort to reporting on the actual accomplishments in office, that is, real problems solved, by Oakland's electeds, it would be clear exactly why Oakland cannot ever move ahead. The elected folks in city hall are, at best, mediocre and in their totality, all add up to by far the worst government in the Bay Area. This is the fact that needs full discussion in our "media."

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/09/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Ask Legalization Nation: Weeding Out Hemp Oil Hustlers.

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Posted by Editor on 01/09/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Gay Priest Ousted By Conservative Bishop

why is a priest declaring he is gay. It doesn't matter what he is, he's a priest and doesn't have sexual relationships. Something is not clear and only part of the story is told.

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Posted by Nancy Hunter Dury on 01/08/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Why do you have such a hard-on to disgrace & discredit Lynette Gibson McElhaney?
It's politics, man; notorious for doing things in a manner to make friends to progress its cause. She is no different. What matters is that she does what she says she is going to do when we voted her in. I was present at all of the speeches, in which she was made aware of our issues. As I wrote in response to your other piece on LGM:
....If she continues to not do the things she's promised in D3 (clean up the streets from Grand to 40th; close down at least half of these damn churches, halfway houses, homeless shelters and single person rooms and disperse them throughout Oakland; implement a shopping cart "return-to-owner" system to get them off our damn streets (none of these so-called homeless people have ever purchased an effing shopping cart to push through the streets of Oakland); and get some real businesses here in our neighborhood, then YES she should be ousted.
Until such time as a lack of action on her part to clean up and revitalize District 3 comes to pass, I don't think making this personal action to kill Councilwoman McElhaney's career is prudent; she is popular for a reason sir.
The fact that other politicians have had a four hundred year head-start in conniving, and manipulating the system to make it work in their favor, and LGM is a quick study in said system, shouldn't make you single her out. Go after all the others with the same gusto and you'll see their crap is there as well, just better hidden.
@shake Anderson (I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking this has gotten personal.

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Posted by Nayaa Lacy on 01/08/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “The Challenge of 2015: Affordable Housing

Affordable housing wasn't an issue until the state's population exceeded the carrying capacity of the land. Many middle class families lived in Cleveland Heights and nearby neighborhoods in the 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

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Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/08/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Honestly,this is beginning to look personal. And slightly prejudice and stupid, why dont yall investigate Measure Y funds .... And the decrease in the black population of Oakland in the last 10 years,the same 10 years Measure Y has been in place. Oh, that probably isnt as important as exposing a council members personal finances. EBX is continually proving itself to be bias especially with people of color. #BlackLivesMatter

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Posted by Shake Anderson on 01/08/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

This is very discouraging news indeed.

I believe what the Good Book say:
“One who is faithful with little will also be faithful with much, and one who is dishonest with little will also dishonest with much."

I suggest a silent protest at every city council meeting.

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Posted by Linda Forde on 01/08/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

E. Arnoldo: "If indeed there are more serious violations than allegations of "house-flipping for profit."

House flipping for profit isn't illegal. It's just ethically-questionable because flipping is part of the process of adding more air to the real estate bubble. Translation: making housing less rather than more affordable.

Two other ethical challenges for Council member McEnerney which are also clearly illegal: failure to pay income taxes. Yes there are fines for this illegal behavior which no doubt McEnerney will have have to pay. And there is failure to file political disclosure documents. Just plain unethical and illegal.

Yep, we all do illegal things like get parking tickets. Our care in parking our cars isn't the same as our care in meeting our obligations as citizens, or, heaven forbid, as elected officials standing in and reflecting all that glorious sunlight.

Important distinctions for many of us, if not for Sr. Arnoldo.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/08/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

It seems to me that Yelp should be investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive practices and unfair business practices. Why don't they just display all the reviews- they have suppressed 23 of my top reviews-when I wouldn't advertise. But there is no way to call them or write them and complain. They make it hard to reach them and they do not respond. They don't explain how they rate true verses not recommended reviews. I wouldn't care about 2 negative reviews if the 23 positive reviews were viewable.

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Posted by Mari Frank on 01/08/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Ms. McElhaney probably lost my vote with her trying to guilt the anti-bullhook people for wasting the council's precious time with such an "unimportant" issue. Because no issues your constituents bring you are "unimportant," or not your job to deal with. That said, "hand in the till" is a big stretch for what's being described here.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 01/08/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Clearly, the defenders of Gibson selectively ignore the facts, obscure the truth, and form a circle around her that smells of hypocracy. On the face of it, with no denials from Gibson, her behavior violated many basic ethical standards we expect of public servants. With apologists openly insinuating racist motives, like referring to "White Knights", the vary people who scream for tolerance and truth being told are muddying the waters. By closing ranks around Gibson, they reinforce the impression that a black politician can do no wrong, even when their hand is in the till. Shame! I've lost a lot of respect for those who defend her practices.

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Posted by Franklin Graham on 01/08/2015 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

They helped to REALLY hurt my 20 year old successful business. All great reviews, 2 bad from idiots I do not know. All of a sudden, it's ONLY the bad that show. This happened AFTER I did not return Yelps sales calls. In one call they actually said they could help with the negative reviews if I paid for their advertising. This is a REALLY BAD COMPANY to associate any business with. CLOSE DOWN YELP AND BRING THEM IN FRONT OF A JUDGE !!!!

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Posted by Joe Mathy on 01/08/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 7, 2015

How does one put a price, on the name Ahwahnee? So if they lose the contract, will it be called the Marriott hotel ? It's something that needs to be resolved before a new contract is signed. No sense in kicking the can down the road.

Posted by Phillip Moya on 01/08/2015 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Thumbs Its Nose At Voters

Gibson McElhaney long ago proved she's a Chamber of Commerce ally and supporter of the most retrograde elements in OPD. In other words, she's just another in a long line of cookie cutter, fake 'progressive' politicos who've been running our town for a while now. She and Kalb were supposed to be breathes of fresh air when they joined the Council; instead, they've fallen right in line with the status quo and refuse to rock the boat. Now it seems that Washington and Guillen have also decided to take the path of least resistance. Can we please have Nancy Nadel back?

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Posted by John Seal on 01/07/2015 at 11:38 PM

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