Letters to the Editor: October 7, 2011

Legislator discusses taxes, state funding and solutions I appreciate the thoughtful Sept. 20 editorial regarding the deep harm budget cuts and fee increases have caused to students individually and to the UC system collectively. As California continues to struggle through the recession, reduced state revenues remain a threat to our
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Nina Brown

Unheard and overworked

This week, I will do my best to outline the story of an employee working for the International House at UC Berkeley. According to this individual, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his job, certain I-House practices — including hiring contracted workers and allowing less time to complete a
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kia

Power play

Ladies, picture this: you and the cute guy with a little crush on you and a hell of a lot of sexual attraction towards you, are walking back to your place on a random week night. He can’t come up because your roommate is sleeping upstairs, but that doesn’t mean
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Christopher Coulter Columnist

An occupational hazard

The pesky disturbance to South Manhattan’s normally robust power lunch crowd, known as “Occupy Wall Street,” could be bad for business. If the menacing protests keep up, we could see productivity drop and profits fall. And not just for greedy waitresses and restaurateurs. Sure, escaping back home to the Upper East
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kia

The sun is up — get out of my bed

Ah. It’s the morning after. You wake up, look around you or next to you, and it hits you. You remember that last night, for whatever reason, you hooked up with the person beside you (or in whose room you’re in). Whether you’ve known them for a while or just
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Sex on Tuesday

SEX ON TUESDAY: Love in the time of Facebook

Dating has always been exhausting and nerve-wracking. The thwarting feat has been recorded in literature for centuries and agonizing heartaches have been melodized in cathartic tunes and many sorrowful nocturnes. Unrequited love, the turmoils of lust and the basic foils of romance are eternally resonant. The difference is that in
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Mahmoud Illustration

What factors are really behind the statehood bid?

On Sept. 23, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, submitted a formal request for the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian State. This measure is not supported by Israel or the United States because they see such a move outside the context of direct negotiations as counterproductive. In
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Statehood is a right for Palestinians in occupied lands

Last month, the Palestinian Authority submitted a proposal to the United Nations calling for recognition of a Palestinian state. Though the proposed state consists of only 22 percent of the land historically contested by Israelis and Palestinians, Israel and the United States vehemently objected to the statehood bid, with President
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Shaky enforcement

CITY AFFAIRS: The city has dwelled too long on the issue of coercing owners into retrofitting their buildings. It is time to act.

The city’s dilemma of coaxing landlords into retrofitting their earthquake-vulnerable buildings has dragged on too long. According to a 2008 US Geological Survey study, there is a 63 percent chance that in about the next 30 years an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will shake the Bay Area. According
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