Talk Back: Obama's speech
Do you approve of President Obama's new strategy to combat ISIS?

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Drummond: Who will break from the pack in Oakland mayor's race?

Oakland has a record 15 candidates running for mayor. With less than seven weeks before Election Day, there's no clear front-runner in race 
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November 2014 election recommendations from the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board

Click here to view the full list of editorials on candidates and measures in key races on the November 2014 ballot. 
Tri-Valley letters: Poll-based story on immigration basically was worthless

A poll-based story basically was worthlessOn the front page of the Sept. 3 edition was a lower-right story headlined, "Majority of Californians favor allowing migrant kids to stay. 
Alameda My Word: AMP working to reduce Island's carbon footprint

Because of the utility's early investment in renewable energy, Alameda Municipal Power now has the opportunity to do more to decrease our community's energy use, increase our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help our neighbors do the same -- without raising rates. 
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Thomas Sowell: Book on late-talking children shines light into darkness

Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do -- and what not to do. 
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Review: 'The Maze Runner' perks up tired YA action formula

The action film based on James Dashner's books has its flaws, including a somewhat disappointing ending, but it's compelling and well-made and should appeal to young viewers.