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  • Is Cal class on Palestine an exercise in academia or politics?

    Is Cal class on Palestine an exercise in academia or politics?

    To the editor: The UC Berkeley student-led class on Palestine, presented “through the lens of settler colonialism,” to me shows why universities have become a joke. When I was in college, classes were taught by professors, presumably experts in their field. We felt cheated if a teaching assistant...

  • Grateful for the 'genius' grant MacArthur fellows

    Grateful for the 'genius' grant MacArthur fellows

    To the editor: Thank you for publishing the pictures and some bios of California’s MacArthur fellows. ( “‘Cross-cultural guru,’” Sept. 22) How fortunate we are that these brilliant young people choose to live and contribute their talents in our state. Congratulations to all of the fellows and their...

  • Is the media doing a good job covering the campaign? Let the blame game begin

    Is the media doing a good job covering the campaign? Let the blame game begin

    To the editor: Don’t forget to blame social media as well. Clinton was buried by undeserved hate all spring and summer — and I was only reading the liberal posts. ( “Back story: ‘Believe me,’ his words have power. Or so ‘people say’,” Sept. 20 and “If Clinton loses, blame the media,” Opinion, Sept...

  • Do something about that early school start time, please

    Do something about that early school start time, please

    Ah, complaints about the clock. Heard that before? The Times published an opinion piece this week entitled “Why school should start later in the day,” which noted that even though medical guides “recommend shifting middle- and high-school start times to 8:30 a.m. or later … in California, the average...

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