Campaign volunteers alter the outcome of voting in primaries

“How’s everything going with you this evening?” the voter on the other end of the phone asks with friendly interest so genuine it almost catches me off-guard. “Good!” I answer, eager to share my news, “I’m excited to complete 24 hours of phone banking for Bernie tonight!” “Wow!” they exclaim.
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Civil liberties jeopardized by drug prohibitions

Roger Morgan’s “Reefer Madness” diatribe in a May 23 op-ed would be hilarious if it weren’t infuriating. There are so many things wrong with prohibition that it would take a book to explain all of them, but the following is a summary of the major problems with prohibition, especially prohibition
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Public defenders deserve respect from peers, community

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a “deputy public defender found herself in handcuffs Monday (May 23) as she tried to keep a client out of jail.” Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen “said he wanted to teach the lawyer about courtroom etiquette,” so he directed his courtroom
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Berkeley city must take comprehensive approach to housing crisis

Berkeley is facing an unprecedented housing crisis, which threatens the very soul of our city. With sky-rocketing housing costs forcing out artists, intellectuals, students, seniors and working families, the core values of our city — diversity, inclusion and innovation — are threatened. This housing crisis is also having a profound
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Veteran apologizes for participation in war

There will never be a day when the Vietnam War is not on my mind. It was one of the worst mistakes America has ever made. Vietnam was fought for big money interests and promoted under the guise of nationalism. The war should have taught us a humbling lesson, but
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Obesity should be treated as a disease by health professionals

Gina Kolata’s article on “The Biggest Loser” in Monday’s issue of the New York Times describes some of the scientific findings that have led to the treatment of obesity as a disease and not just a matter of willpower. Obesity occurs in experimental models when the pathways regulating appetite and
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