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The above (somewhat paraphrased) quotes taken from Niccolò Machiavelli show that he understood what one modern novelist has referred to as the "cold equation."
What is the cold equation? It is the equation that says to cut off the gangrened finger to save the hand. That students can turn school zones into war zones with impunity shows that discipline is in the toilet. Berkeley school officials and teachers, being (in the main) "peacenik" leftists, have never been trained, nor trained themselves, to make hard (and if necessary, harsh) decision; that is the reason their schools are falling into entropy. What needs to be done is social triage; send the "reformable" troublemakers to special "continuation" schools; expel the incorrigibles as an acceptable loss. One might even say, an inevitable loss. If this sounds harsh, here is another quote from my own junior high school counselor: "In real life, there will always be casualties; just save the best, say 'good luck' to the rest."
James Fenton, Oakland
"Organic Co-op Lowers Standards," Eco Watch, 5/4
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I will stop buying Petaluma Farms/Judy's Family/Rock Island/Organic Valley eggs from now on. I've been buying them all this time without having checked them out, which is hard for a regular joe to do.Props to the Express, the Alexandres, and all the farmers' market egg sellers out there! True free-range eggs are indeed healthier and yummier. Seeing the chickens roaming on my friends' ranch and tasting the eggs confirmed it. Just say no to industrial pretend-organic.
Ken Ott, Oakland
In our May 25 music story, "Moving to Grand Lodge," we misspelled the name of "Misisipi" Mike.
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