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The “sanctuary” in sanctuary city is that local police don’t ask about immigration status when dealing with people, especially as victims or witnesses. (Courtesy photo)

If you like law and order, you should like sanctuary cities

When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents grabbed an undocumented woman in…

The “sanctuary” in sanctuary city is that local police don’t ask about immigration status when dealing with people, especially as victims or witnesses. (Courtesy photo)
This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, and radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Is there anybody out there?

Within a decade, we could have an answer to one of the…

This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, and radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
The original image of the “Face” on Mars’ surface, left, and a higher-resolution image of the same surface taken 20 years later. (Courtesy NASA)

Mars and mistrust of science

The broad mistrust of science and critical thinking is a significant —…

The original image of the “Face” on Mars’ surface, left, and a higher-resolution image of the same surface taken 20 years later. (Courtesy NASA)
Should the American people expect Rick Perry, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Energy, to properly handle an emergency like the one we faced in 1967? (S.F. Examiner illustration)

The day the Sun almost caused World War III

People have only recently learned about an incident in the 1960s when…

Should the American people expect Rick Perry, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Energy, to properly handle an emergency like the one we faced in 1967? (S.F. Examiner illustration)
A collection of documents, released by the National Park Service as a result of a Freedom of Information Act and hosted on a website called “WoofieLeaks,” contain damning information about the National Park Service. (Courtesy photo)

WoofieLeaks docs raise legal issues about National Park Service

Our democracy only works when government treats its citizens equally and fairly.…

A collection of documents, released by the National Park Service as a result of a Freedom of Information Act and hosted on a website called “WoofieLeaks,” contain damning information about the National Park Service. (Courtesy photo)
Vera Rubin, the astronomer credited with the breakthrough discovery of dark matter, died on Christmas Day at the age of 88. (Courtesy photo)

Universe a little darker without Vera Rubin

The end of a dark year got worse with news that a…

Vera Rubin, the astronomer credited with the breakthrough discovery of dark matter, died on Christmas Day at the age of 88. (Courtesy photo)
Dogs are a regular sight at Fort Funston in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

The reason so many hate government

I used to think the National Park Service was a great institution.…

Dogs are a regular sight at Fort Funston in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
The Recreation and Park Department’s Natural Areas Program plans to tear out the existing trees and plants on one-quarter of San Francisco’s parkland and recreate the pre-Spanish landscape. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

Stopping San Francisco’s biggest land grab

When the first Spanish explorers came to San Francisco, they weren’t impressed.…

The Recreation and Park Department’s Natural Areas Program plans to tear out the existing trees and plants on one-quarter of San Francisco’s parkland and recreate the pre-Spanish landscape. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
More than 1,000 protesters march through the Mission to City Hall in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 9 in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

On elections and despair

I’ve been on the losing side of presidential elections before, but I’ve…

More than 1,000 protesters march through the Mission to City Hall in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 9 in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joel Engardio is a candidate for District 7 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (Courtesy photo)

A good, decent man for supervisor

I turned 18 the first year that 18-year-olds were allowed to vote.…

Joel Engardio is a candidate for District 7 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (Courtesy photo)
It’s a lot easier to pass general taxes rather than special taxes, which makes them very appealing to politicians. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A dishonest way to raise taxes

It shouldn’t be easy to raise taxes. Over the past 40 years,…

It’s a lot easier to pass general taxes rather than special taxes, which makes them very appealing to politicians. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Considering the physical demands, Blue Angel pilots may be among the best athletes in the world. (Courtesy photo)

Skill, teamwork and the quest for perfection

For the last few days, you’ve likely heard the roar of jet…

Considering the physical demands, Blue Angel pilots may be among the best athletes in the world. (Courtesy photo)
A lazy way to govern

A lazy way to govern

In 43 days, San Franciscans will face a ballot with 25 local…

A lazy way to govern
Fans of gaming, comics, fantasy and science fiction gathered at the San Francisco Marriot on Sept. 2 for San Francisco Comic Con. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Finding community among the nerds

Doctor Who, Princess Leia and Kylo Ren missed Burning Man last weekend.…

Fans of gaming, comics, fantasy and science fiction gathered at the San Francisco Marriot on Sept. 2 for San Francisco Comic Con. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mount Davidson, one of the few forested areas in The City, will lose 1,600 trees under the Recreation and Park Department’s Natural Areas Program. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

A shady story in San Francisco

Did you know San Francisco originally didn’t have hardly any trees? The…

Mount Davidson, one of the few forested areas in The City, will lose 1,600 trees under the Recreation and Park Department’s Natural Areas Program. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
Red and blue footprints direct voters to polling places at San Francisco City Hall on June 7. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A tale of two voters

For more than 10 years, my garage served as a precinct polling…

Red and blue footprints direct voters to polling places at San Francisco City Hall on June 7. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
When it comes to residential parking permits, San Francisco must do everything in its power to reduce tensions between neighbors. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Sowing discord, one block at a time

If you really want to get a neighborhood riled up, bring up…

When it comes to residential parking permits, San Francisco must do everything in its power to reduce tensions between neighbors. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The problem with thinking things are the worst is that it makes it easier to just give up and give in to despair. (Courtesy photo)

The worst of times?

It’s easy to think we’re in the worst of times. Racism, terrorism,…

The problem with thinking things are the worst is that it makes it easier to just give up and give in to despair. (Courtesy photo)
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, pictured in October 2013 speaking at the blocked entrance of the Grand Canyon, has chosen retirement over a transfer after being told the park needed new leadership, months after federal investigators found a longstanding pattern of sexual harassment in the Grand Canyon’s now-former river district. (Matt York/2013 AP file photo)

‘America’s best idea’ is rotting from the top

The National Park Service has been around for 100 years. In that…

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, pictured in October 2013 speaking at the blocked entrance of the Grand Canyon, has chosen retirement over a transfer after being told the park needed new leadership, months after federal investigators found a longstanding pattern of sexual harassment in the Grand Canyon’s now-former river district. (Matt York/2013 AP file photo)
Former Stanford student and athlete Brock Turner, pictured in a Palo Alto courtroom on Feb. 2, 2015, was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (Karl Mondon/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

Have we really come a long way, baby?

In some ways, women have made huge strides in the last few…

Former Stanford student and athlete Brock Turner, pictured in a Palo Alto courtroom on Feb. 2, 2015, was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (Karl Mondon/San Jose Mercury News via AP)