Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

Lesson in job stats: get better, not bitter

Today’s  national unemployment report is grim: jobs flat, unemployment at 9.2 percent, millions job-hunting more than a year. Bay Area commentator Dick Lepre probes a bit deeper. Zeroing in on  journalism, a recent report says the number of  scribes working … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley imports students like coal

We live in a knowledge economy. Good jobs require college degrees. So why is UC Berkeley now enrolling nearly one-in-four students from out-of-state? As the SF Chronicle explains , non-residents pay higher tuition. Between budget cuts in Sacramento and institutional … Continue reading

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Writing as a vocation

I can’t recall a time when I didn’t write, or enjoy reading, learning, thinking and debating. Blame it on my upbringing. As the oldest of six children in a second-generation immigrant family, I learned debating at the dinner table. The … Continue reading

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