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

(Tell us why or why not?)
Contra Costa Times editorial: BART board's latest charade shows it's not serious about reform

While we pay for tickets, current and former directors and their families ride BART gratis, sticking us with the tab. The board's tiny tweak to an unusual policy of free lifetime train passes is a farce. 
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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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Esther J. Cepeda: Giving teachers their voice

CHICAGO -- Teachers feel powerless.This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child's classroom feel they are effectively without a voice. 
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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. 
Aperitif hour

Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.