Stuart Schuffman

Once we can come and go more freely, will people gather the way they did before COVID? <ins>(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

What happens when the pandemic is over?

After experiencing initial excitement, I wonder just how much I’ll go out

Once we can come and go more freely, will people gather the way they did before COVID? <ins>(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
It would be good for The City’s businesses if a person taking a break in a parklet could legally have a drink. <ins>(S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

I love drinking outdoors

Now’s the time to update California’s laws about alcohol consumption

It would be good for The City’s businesses if a person taking a break in a parklet could legally have a drink. <ins>(S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
It’ll be great to be able to dine again at favorite restaurants, like Sotto Mare in North Beach. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

What I fantasize about doing once I get my vaccine

I’ll be getting married, eating out, hugging friends and traveling, for starters

It’ll be great to be able to dine again at favorite restaurants, like Sotto Mare in North Beach. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The pandemic, which cleared out major thoroughfares in San Francisco, has ushered in the opportunity for people and the government to consider major changes in economic and public policy.<ins> (Chris Victorio/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

Things we should have learned from the pandemic but didn’t

Health care and housing are possible for everyone, and there are ways to pay for them

The pandemic, which cleared out major thoroughfares in San Francisco, has ushered in the opportunity for people and the government to consider major changes in economic and public policy.<ins> (Chris Victorio/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
It’s great to be in San Francisco, where residents are happy to be and looking forward to days ahead. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

I’m finally hopeful about the future of San Francisco

For those of us still here, it’s a brand-new day

It’s great to be in San Francisco, where residents are happy to be and looking forward to days ahead. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
The recent great weather had us meeting friends and strangers out and about San Francisco, including a stop in Washington Square. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

This town still has heart

Optimism in the air as The City opens up again

The recent great weather had us meeting friends and strangers out and about San Francisco, including a stop in Washington Square. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Reports say that the number of American visitors to Mexico’s Quintana Roo, where Tulum and Cancun are located, increased by 23 percent between 2019 and 2020. (Shutterstock)

Stop going to Mexico

Travel during pandemic is ‘vacation colonialism’

Reports say that the number of American visitors to Mexico’s Quintana Roo, where Tulum and Cancun are located, increased by 23 percent between 2019 and 2020. (Shutterstock)
It’s free to obtain and be trained to administer Narcan, which could save someone who has overdosed on fentanyl.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

You could save your neighbor’s life

Narcan reverses fatal effects of overdosing

It’s free to obtain and be trained to administer Narcan, which could save someone who has overdosed on fentanyl.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Black Lives Matters demonstrations in spring and summer in The City were among the highlights of 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A few good things from this very awful year

Pandemic hasn’t stopped people from supporting each other

Black Lives Matters demonstrations in spring and summer in The City were among the highlights of 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
During my 20 years in San Francisco, I’ve enjoyed living in different neighborhoods.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

How San Francisco changed my life

My devotion to this mystifying city is tied to the way it made me feel when I was in my early 20s

During my 20 years in San Francisco, I’ve enjoyed living in different neighborhoods.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>
Before the tech industry took over, San Francisco was doing quite well. (Courtesy Michael Vi/Shutterstock)

The audacity of the tech industry is staggering

It’s like colonizers who leave a country when they can’t get what they want anymore

Before the tech industry took over, San Francisco was doing quite well. (Courtesy Michael Vi/Shutterstock)
When it comes to giving gifts in 2020, it would do a world of good if people patronized independent artists and sellers rather than the behemoth that is Amazon. <ins>(Courtesy Pxfuel)</ins>

Do not shop on Amazon for the holidays this year

Do support crafters whose brilliant creations are made with love

When it comes to giving gifts in 2020, it would do a world of good if people patronized independent artists and sellers rather than the behemoth that is Amazon. <ins>(Courtesy Pxfuel)</ins>
Democratic stalwarts including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are failing our country by avoiding progressive policies and candidates. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Lesson for Dems: Don’t preach social justice without delivering economic justice

Trumpism won’t go away until Democratic Party changes course

Democratic stalwarts including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are failing our country by avoiding progressive policies and candidates. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
During the pandemic and other current world crises, many artists have lost their inspiration. (Courtesy Alice Dietrich/Creative Commons)

I’m terrified that 2020 has killed my creativity

Some of us need time to process the year’s traumas before making art

During the pandemic and other current world crises, many artists have lost their inspiration. (Courtesy Alice Dietrich/Creative Commons)
President Donald Trump, pictured at a campaign rally in Wisconsin in September, continually puts people in danger by not wearing a mask. (Courtesy photo)

I’m glad the whole Trump administration caught COVID

President and his followers have unleashed a tidal wave of misery

President Donald Trump, pictured at a campaign rally in Wisconsin in September, continually puts people in danger by not wearing a mask. (Courtesy photo)
People have left San Francisco, where streets have been spookily empty since the pandemic began. (Courtesy photo)

What an odd, half full city San Francisco has become

Despite feeling empty, mad and sad, we can make changes by getting out the vote

People have left San Francisco, where streets have been spookily empty since the pandemic began. (Courtesy photo)
Misguided protesters fighting for supposed freedom during the pandemic are putting other people at risk. (Courtesy photo)

Broke-Ass Stuart: Our individualism is killing us

We can survive only by thinking about what benefits the most people, not what feels fun

Misguided protesters fighting for supposed freedom during the pandemic are putting other people at risk. (Courtesy photo)
It’s imperative that anyone in favor of maintaining democracy vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, pictured campaigning in Delaware on Aug. 12. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Tribune News Service)

I’m a lifelong progressive voting for Joe Biden — here’s why

A Trump win threatens democracy not just in the U.S., but across the world

It’s imperative that anyone in favor of maintaining democracy vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, pictured campaigning in Delaware on Aug. 12. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Tribune News Service)
Things people read online can be as dangerous as the coronavirus. (Courtesy Annie Spratt)

The conspiracy theories that are killing Americans

Take a moment to see the source of your information

Things people read online can be as dangerous as the coronavirus. (Courtesy Annie Spratt)
Witnessing the five-alarm blaze South of Market on July 28 prompts the realization once again that renters insurance is a good investment. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A fiery reminder: Get renters insurance

Inexpensive policies cover major losses from a big blaze

Witnessing the five-alarm blaze South of Market on July 28 prompts the realization once again that renters insurance is a good investment. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)