Talk Back: Afghanistan
Do you think President Obama was right to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan?

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Oakland Tribune editorial: Congress must act on the war authorization

Though the formal presence of U.S. troops in Iraq had dramatically dwindled, when the self-declared Islamic State -- a terror group without a state or nation to call its own -- became a major player in the Mideast morass, President Barack Obama eventually began taking military action against its factions. Air strikes, drone strikes, U.S. military advisers consulting with Kurdish and Iraqi troops in their boots-on-the-ground battles with ISIS -- sure sounds a lot like a war to us.  
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November 2014 election recommendations from the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board

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April 1 letters to the editor

Board raising rates because of excessThe Alameda County Water District is raising rates again. Why do they need more money? To buy more water or cover rising labor costs? 
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Trudy Rubin: U.S. gains friend in Ghani, but does not return favor

So is it really possible -- after all the bipartisan support Ghani received -- that Obama could blow this opportunity for a happy ending in Afghanistan? The answer, unbelievably, is yes.  
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