As the saying goes, if you love something, set it free.
The story of Charlie the death row dog has become an international sensation ever since the young American Staffordshire terrier was condemned for attacking a U.S. Park Police horse in August. Many folks have come to the defense of Charlie — and his owner — because the Crissy Field incident was the first documented incident in which the dog behaved in such a way. Supporters are confident that their outrage is justified. Read More
Someone needs to ask Kamala Harris how much she thinks a life is worth.
The California attorney general, who was San Francisco’s district attorney before assuming statewide office, has information at her fingertips that could be used to stop doctors from overprescribing deadly medicine. But her excuse for not taking action is the cost. Read More
In 2012, a secretive group out of Arizona made the largest anonymous political donation in recent California history when it funneled $11 million into an effort to defeat Proposition 30, a tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, also spent money trying to encourage voters to pass Proposition 32, which would have limited unions’ political fundraising. Read More
When Barack Obama was first inaugurated as president in 2009, post-partisanship was the buzzword. But if the 2012 election did not quash the dream of politicians working together for the good of the country, the last-minute negotiations to save the country from the so-called fiscal cliff surely did. Read More
Gun advocates are throwing around a lot of rhetoric and data about guns and violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, but the majority of it does not stand up to scrutiny. One major fallacy is that gun laws do not work. Gun advocates are using distorted figures and lies to argue that since our existing gun laws are not working, we should have fewer such laws and more guns on hand.
The lies should end now. Read More
While reasonable discussions about gun control have begun to occur following the tragic and senseless massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one voice that can be discarded as irrational is that of the National Rifle Association, the country’s dominant pro-gun lobby. Read More
President Barack Obama’s recent comments about marijuana give one reason to hope he may be shifting his perspective. In an interview last week, the president said that the federal government would not pursue pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that legalized marijuana through voter-approved measures in November.
But Obama has a lot of proving left to do on the issue. Read More
After the bloody massacre of young children, teachers and school officials at a Connecticut elementary school last week, many people were left with a question: “Why?” And though it is important to understand how a young man came to the point of slaughtering innocent children, the nation should instead be focused on a statement: “Never again.” Read More
The budget outlook for the city and county of San Francisco is vastly improved compared to previous years. But serious systemic budget problems still need to be addressed.
In many ways, San Francisco and California are in the same boat when it comes to budget forecasting. State lawmakers started this fiscal year with a balanced budget, which was based on voters approving tax increases. Read More
In the fight over same-sex marriage, there is a small population for whom the upcoming hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court could mean the difference between living together and being physically separated.
The Supreme Court decided late last week that it would take up two cases related to same-sex marriage: a New York case related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California case about Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials. Read More