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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Looks like this website not-so-subtly endorses baby Ben. Look at the front page photo for this article: it shows Ben fully and cuts Kate off so one cannot recognize her. The photo should be recropped or removed. Or put a full presentation of Katie's face and clip Ben's face untl he is unrecognizable. You know, act like journalists and be fair.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 03/03/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I work. I have worked since I was 16. Maybe Mr. Udinsky has made a ton of money every year that he has worked, but I have not. He says people didn't plan adequately. Maybe people could not save because employers don't pay adequate wages. Maybe people can't save because they are saddled with ever increasing college costs and interest rates or by huge increases in their rents. Maybe someone had a life-threatening illness or injury that wiped out their savings. Maybe people got bilked by speculators or by the Wall Street-created recession. Maybe we got laid off because we are too old or too expensive (although they of course don't tell us that). Maybe our employers left the country to get even cheaper labor elsewhere. Maybe natural disasters wiped them out.

There are many factors which may have led to people not being able to purchase health insurance. Please do not assume we were all out there wasting our money. I must rely on Obamacare because after I was laid off none of my current three employers offer health care. I will not be able to buy health insurance on my inadequate wages. Oh and by the way, I do pay for my insurance. Yes, I receive a subsidy but I do pay a significant chunk of my income for insurance.

If you don't want to pay taxes to help your neighbors, how about working to get everyone a decent wage so we can afford to pay for health insurance (mind you, that does not necessarily mean health care). You and I both subsidize every employer who pays minimum wage because those employees are the ones who go to the emergency room and need food stamps.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 03/02/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I am so happy to hear that Vincent and Gilbert are enthusiastic about Obamacare. Vincent, Obamacare is subsidized health insurance. I would be delighted for Vincent and Gilbert to contribute their hard earned money to a big fund for the benefit of all of those who did not adequately plan for the future. I have no problem with Vincent and Gilbert giving charity to those who were not responsible enough to take care of themselves. However, other people in this country are tired of subsidizing those who failed to take care of themselves. The number of people on welfare will continue to increase as Vincent and Gilbert give more and more. But if Gilbert and Vincent want to spend their money in that manner, that's fine with me. What gives Vincent and Gilbert the right to impose upon others the necessity of paying into the charity favored by Vincent and Gilbert? As I mentioned, Liberty requires that each person take responsibility for himself. If not, we will have an authoritarian welfare state that grows bigger every year. In fact, our Federal Government has become a huge income redistribution mechanism. This was never the intention of the Founding Fathers or the nature of this country.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 03/02/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

Could be an opportunity to finally get Calif. on single-payer. It's been bandied about for decades. It may finally be time. Many small economies than ours already have it: Canada, Taiwan, many European countries. We are the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. If smaller countries can do it, we can, although we still have to "pay our dues" to the U.S. as a whole which takes a chunk of change.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/01/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

Jerry Udinisky, you're not even addressing the article.The POINT of the article: Donald Dump is cutting people off from their health insurance, not only that but he has NO substitute. These are people who PAY for their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act; it isn't freely given to them. I know many working people who pay for their OWN insurance. If that's not taking responsibility, I don't know what is.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/01/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

More and more people on food stamps. More and more people unemployed. More and more people in need of welfare from the government. That is the legacy of Barack Obama. Now the working citizens need to foot the bill for those who have not taken care of themselves and their families. These people who are in such great need are helpless like children. When are they going to grow up. When will our society demand that these "helpless" adults take care of themselves and not be dependent upon others. The working people of the country have spoken with the election of Donald Trump. Being a citizen in a free society requires that the citizens assume the responsibility of liberty and freedom. Freedom is not "free," it requires responsibility and independence of the individual.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 03/01/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

They use their technology to play God as they gut our cities carry out a racist genocide
Hover claimed it was just the gays he was targeting back in the 1960s they operate with impunity targeting the heterosexual since they were never brought to justice they still continue their attacks, we backed the Muslims in Pakistan instead of India the Muslimization of the world and America Google it by smokingspirit they torture Kirby the libertarian candidate in Cali, they held him till he pissed blood then they gave him a chemical substitute for weed, at that time they should of been man enough to admit weed was a medical necessity but instead they held him until he was thoroughly brain washed and the first thing he said when he got out was how great their chemicals are and how dangerous weed is, since beginning of time man has used technologies to play God do you think today is any different?

Posted by Smkngsprt Sprt on 03/01/2017 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Ben Gould has no experience but school and is in his early twenties. Kate Harrison has worked in government for at least twenty years. She is also invited as a consultant around the world as governments try to improve their system of governance. Kate managed the SF entire court system for years.

This kid, Ben, tells completely different speeches depending on his audience. He's a classic flip flopper: he says progressive things to progressive audience and conservative things to real estate interests.

We need honesty and ingegrity. Kate has it and Ben's wildly divergent campaign speeches suggests he'll say anything to win, which indicates a lack of integrity.

Interesting that you only have his campaign donations through 2016. He is said to be raking in real estate money and he has been seen meeting with Tom Bates, our finally-gone bad mayor.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 02/25/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “NBC Paid for Ghost Ship Operator Derick Almena's Hotel Room During Exclusive Interview

What the fuck, Charles C. Eroster?! Who the fuck do you think you are? You obviously have absolutely no fucking idea what you are talking about and it is people like you who would (and did) elect a white supremacist fascist to reign over the FREE states of America and kill all hope for anyone other than idiot middle class white men to live peacefully and happily in the country that promised them "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." You are the disgusting storm cloud that robs all the sunlight and beauty from the world and I hope that your life is doomed to mediocrity and you die knowing that you did this whole thing called life completely wrong.

Posted by Annie Tull on 02/25/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

Garry Ovalbach...I can understand your concern as a property owner, but dumping the houseless population off in another city is not a solution...it's simply handing what you consider a problem off to someone else. Do you think the same thing you complain about won't also be the concerns of homeowners in Richmond as well. Do you assume that Richmond doesn't have it's own houseless population to deal with? This is a much more complex issue than just moving them to another town. Let's not forget that these are human beings.

Posted by N. Patterson on 02/23/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

A lot of people do not understand the ins & outs of schooling in this country and many of our educational leaders will tell different stories to look good rather than to truly support children and their communities. I was employed at CPA upon its commencement in 2015. I was attracted by their petition and written commitment to the Castlemont community. What attracted me was the following: For awhile, I've been noticing how both OUSD and charter organizations focus on recruiting Latino communities while continually marginalizing African American children. This to me is an intentional strategy. It is my observation that the entire district let alone the Bay Area continues to practice pervasive attitudes towards our Black students. I am Afro Latina and can speak to both sides of the story. Castlemont's vision was truly inspiring. However, what was the challenge was the poorly skilled leadership and roll-out of this program. It feels to me that many educational leaders go into positions of authority for the status quo and not necessarily to lead and inspire. This is what was observed while there. When I was hired, I had the skills necessary to do what I was hired for. We had a staff that was so committed and so driven to support these students. However, speaking for the primary academy in 2015 there were 2 out of 5 teachers who had experience as teachers but were previously released by OUSD. This means they did not pass their evaluations at that district. The other three teachers never stepped foot in a classroom. Of the three teachers only one had just completed her credentialing program. The other was enrolled in Teach For America and the other did not even have an emergency permit to teach in a class. My responsibility was to coach all of these teachers as a Dean of Instruction. However, there was NO principal or Dean of Students at the primary academy to address the plethora of students being kicked out of their classrooms by the same teachers. So, I spent most of my time either substituting in a class or restoring normalcy in the office as I counseled students, parents and teachers to support them in keeping students in the classroom. The leader whom I worked for made the decision to pull the principal out and have him only lead the junior academy. She thought for some reason I would juggle both. There were also some power struggles observed between the two. At this time I was also a member with New Leaaders for New Schools and my coach of the time flatly stated that I would not survive if things did change quickly. Things didn't change and I made the decision to leave. I learned a few months later the CJA closed. I also learned through others that the leader I was working for was known for poor leadership skills. I learned in the summer that NONE of the previously employed staff was returning. So, how did this happen to a predominantly Black school in Castlemont? How is it that Education for Change, Aspire, Vincent Academy and others survive? What can be learned by what happened? How about this new school OUSD is about to unleash next year to support language immersion? I would take a very close look at what recruitment strategies are being. I would also look at how similar Open Enrollment rhetoric has really looked like in other cities. Anyone committed to both Black and Brown students should always see both sides of the story. Ignorance is no longer tolerable.

Posted by Adelfa Chala on 02/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Bay Area Might Adopt World’s First Regional Oil-Refinery Emissions Caps

Thank you Will for another important piece. Now with the document shredding scandal, how long will the board tolerate this type of behavior? Bunger and Broadbent must go!

Posted by Andres Soto on 02/22/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

What is missing from this story is that a 2nd tube is NOT inevitable. BART is outdated, very expensive technology. Richmond based http://www.Cybertran.com has vastly superior technology which will be operational within a few years, (there are also other companies with similarly similarly superior transit technology competing) It is sad that The Express has never reported on this. Before Bush offered a federal loan to build the OAC with super-expensive outdated technology, Cybertran was planning to build the OAC with no additional funding required. But it never made the news, so now the 1st major Cybertran installation is expected to be to the UC Berkeley campus

Posted by sennet williams on 02/21/2017 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Darwin BondGraham, Ali Winston Win Prestigious George Polk Award For East Bay Express Series on Oakland Police Scandal

Thanks Jody.

Taken from the awards history found here:

http://liu.edu/Polk/Articles/Awards-Histor…

Beginning in 2012, the prizes included a monetary award

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/21/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Darwin BondGraham, Ali Winston Win Prestigious George Polk Award For East Bay Express Series on Oakland Police Scandal

Bruce Ferrell: Who ya gonna believe, the New York Times or the Polk Awards website? Who pays their webmasters better? (I don't see it there either...)

Posted by Jonathan King on 02/20/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

Where is Derick Almena? This is where the anger and responsibility should be directed. Perhaps it is because people want to go after deeper pockets.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/20/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Darwin BondGraham, Ali Winston Win Prestigious George Polk Award For East Bay Express Series on Oakland Police Scandal

Reporters like BondGraham and Winston are indispensable, especially after the demise of the Oakland Tribune and the absence of beat reporters at City Hall. Democracy becomes impracticable without journalists who can devote time to researching long-form stories like theirs. What I'm wondering is, does this award come with any money?

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/20/2017 at 6:02 PM

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