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A civil, thoughtful 1965 debate between James Baldwin, left, and William F. Buckley was the antithesis of the square-off between the November 2020 U.S. presidential candidates. (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

Historic debate highlights just how bad the Trump-Biden debacle really was

James Baldwin and William F. Buckley thoughtful, eloquent in 1965 face-off over race

A civil, thoughtful 1965 debate between James Baldwin, left, and William F. Buckley was the antithesis of the square-off between the November 2020 U.S. presidential candidates. (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)
Prop. 22 puts health of Lyft, Uber drivers at risk

Prop. 22 puts health of Lyft, Uber drivers at risk

Sneaky wording in ballot initiative would leave gig economy workers in the lurch

Prop. 22 puts health of Lyft, Uber drivers at risk
San Francisco cab drivers are required to provide a urine specimen every year if they want to keep their permits. (Screenshot/SFMTA website)

A birthday present from the SFMTA

Drug test needed to renew a cab permit is humiliating, demeaning

San Francisco cab drivers are required to provide a urine specimen every year if they want to keep their permits. (Screenshot/SFMTA website)
Many San Francisco residents – including parents whose kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens — are eagerly anticipating the reopening of The City’s playgrounds, including Helen Diller playground. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Looking forward to the reopening of The City’s playgrounds

SF kids deserve the opportunity to get outside

Many San Francisco residents – including parents whose kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens — are eagerly anticipating the reopening of The City’s playgrounds, including Helen Diller playground. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Mission resident David Kubrin says his book offers an alternative view of science and “a history not wedded to white supremacy or misogyny.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

David Kubrin on Marxism and magic in the Mission

Former academic, industrial designer pens book on alternative or people’s history of science

Mission resident David Kubrin says his book offers an alternative view of science and “a history not wedded to white supremacy or misogyny.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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)
Ingka Centres, real estate partner of Swedish furniture giant IKEA, has purchased the long-vacant building at 945 Market St. (Courtesy IKEA)

Market Musings: IKEA to the rescue?

Mayor Breed is among supporters of the retail giant moving to 945 Market St.

Ingka Centres, real estate partner of Swedish furniture giant IKEA, has purchased the long-vacant building at 945 Market St. (Courtesy IKEA)
A survey of 1,569 registered Asian American voters conducted from July 15 to Sept. 10, 2020 revealed interesting trends. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: New survey finds engagement and trend to progressivism among Asian American voters

The 2016 election and ‘Trump effect’ have fired up the voting bloc

A survey of 1,569 registered Asian American voters conducted from July 15 to Sept. 10, 2020 revealed interesting trends. (Courtesy photo)
The time has come to view Uber and Lyft as what they really are — cab companies on crack. Courtesy photo

I Drive SF: San Francisco will always get the taxi service it deserves

As rideshare companies face increased regulation, voters will weigh in on what they want

The time has come to view Uber and Lyft as what they really are — cab companies on crack. Courtesy photo
Authorities responding to a car crash on the Golden Gate Bridge Sunday reported that four CHP officers and a number of others displayed signs of overdose and attributed it to fentanyl exposure.                                 Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

Golden Gate Bridge fentanyl exposure story is most likely false

Accidental consumption through air or skin is nearly impossible. So what actually happened?

Authorities responding to a car crash on the Golden Gate Bridge Sunday reported that four CHP officers and a number of others displayed signs of overdose and attributed it to fentanyl exposure.                                 Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
Harper Fortgang, a student at Proof School in San Francisco, is a member of the award-winning Team Super Plants, which is growing California native plants with “supercharged” roots that fight climate change. (Courtesy Michael Yetman)

Green Space: Middle-school students attack climate change with ‘Super Plants’

SF team wins Cousteau-sponsored challenge with biodiversity project

Harper Fortgang, a student at Proof School in San Francisco, is a member of the award-winning Team Super Plants, which is growing California native plants with “supercharged” roots that fight climate change. (Courtesy Michael Yetman)
Patti Spaniak and Tyler Davidson posed with their friends and bridesmaids, the Engs, at their backyard wedding. (Courtesy Patti Spaniak-Davidson)

Patti Spaniak-Davidson’s beautiful days in the neighborhood

Community leader connects seniors to services and each other

Patti Spaniak and Tyler Davidson posed with their friends and bridesmaids, the Engs, at their backyard wedding. (Courtesy Patti Spaniak-Davidson)
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)
Realtors truly are invaluable to their clients, working with myriad people involved in the complex process of buying and selling a home. (Courtesy photo)

Market Musings: Tech replacing Realtors? Please.

There are few, if any, ‘easy’ commissions for real estate professionals

Realtors truly are invaluable to their clients, working with myriad people involved in the complex process of buying and selling a home. (Courtesy photo)
Doing the census is critical in maintaining democracy in America. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: A primer on how the census impacts presidential elections

It’s urgent that San Francisco submits an accurate count

Doing the census is critical in maintaining democracy in America. (Courtesy photo)
Some have said that the taxi business has been picking up at San Francisco International Airport as the pandemic hits the six-month mark. (Courtesy photo)

On the prospect of driving an SF taxi again

With the bread and butter of the business gone, should I attempt to get behind the wheel?

Some have said that the taxi business has been picking up at San Francisco International Airport as the pandemic hits the six-month mark. (Courtesy photo)
Safe consumption sites bill killed at the worst possible time

Safe consumption sites bill killed at the worst possible time

Overdose deaths in SF rose 70% in one year, but legislators have yet to create meaningful change

Safe consumption sites bill killed at the worst possible time
Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)

Green Space: Seeking environmental justice in the Bayview

Residents who can’t breathe demand cleanup, reconsideration of India Basin project

Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)
With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Song for His Father: David and the Rev. Jesse James

Guitarist and bandleader makes new music in honor of his ‘complex’ dad

With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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)