Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?

(Tell us why or why not?)
Oakland Tribune editorial: Innovative education administrator Marshall Tuck superior choice for state schools chief

Of the two remaining candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, incumbent Tom Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo, while Marshall Tuck advocates for immediate changes and understands what must be done. 
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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. 
Alameda letters: City Manager Russo disrespectful to public in meetings

Russo disrespectful to public in meetingsI wish all Alameda residents witnessed the July 15 City Council meeting during which City Manager John Russo bickered with and badgered public speakers who were there to speak in support of the Crown Beach/Neptune Point ordinance, and who were there to speak 
Guest commentary: Illegal fireworks use holds Oakland residents hostage

It was business as usual on July Fourth in Oakland's flatlands. Hundreds gathered in the streets to set off illegal, commercial-grade fireworks, block traffic, shoot off guns, and celebrate the free-for-all that masquerades as Fourth of July festivities. 
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Thomas Sowell: Cease the cease-fires, they do very little good

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East -- Arab and Israeli alike -- were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. 
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This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives.