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Susan Straight

Entries by Susan Straight

Valentine's Day: It Should No Longer Be About the Wrong Side of the Tracks

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Valentine's Day 2012, and America is grumpier than ever. Arguing over sex, over who can be married, and over contraception. Wait -- conservative America, you realize that love can't be controlled? You realize that it's been a mild winter, and already trees are leafing out -- from Central Park to...

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Teacher Layoffs: Spring Rite or National Shame?

(209) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 10:03 PM

Last week was Pink Slip Week in California. All over the state, teachers got notices through certified mail that they might be laid off. Teachers around the nation have been getting pink slips for weeks, and this year, the possibility is even larger that they will lose their jobs.

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I Love to Vote

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 3:26 PM

I love election day, and I love to vote. No -- I do. Not just because it means a stop to all the robocalls and horrible ads, which have made my daughters and I turn off the TV and actually just watch Troy on the laptop.


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The Golden State, The Hummer and Hydra-Headed Budget

(14) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 4:29 AM

The Golden State. Seventh-largest economy in the world. The place where everyone has always wanted to come, for the weather, the scenery, the optimism, the money. I still meet them - I met one last month, a woman born in a small seaside town in England who lives in Tahoe...

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Vote: The Final Secret?

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 12:05 PM

It's maybe the only aspect of American life that remains secret, inaccessible, something we maintain a rigorous politeness about even as we leave the polls. After we huddled over our ballots with pen or pencil, or pushed the buttons on an electronic machine, we left the sanctity of the...

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The 6-4 Black Guy

(18) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 6:33 PM

No one in our family was surprised by what happened last week. Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old white Republican campaign worker, claimed she was attacked by a "6-4 African American man" who robbed her, groped her, and carved a backwards B into her cheek to "teach her a lesson." The B...

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On the American Porch

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 12:28 AM

Ground Zero is the term usually used to locate the epicenter of an explosion or earthquake, as in the World Trade Center and its leveling. Can the term be used to describe the place where an implosion occurs, where soil meets interior combustion? Right now, as our economy falls apart...

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Palin et al: Please Talk About Corn

(8) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 4:25 PM

On Friday night, Sarah Palin appeared on television as part of her interview series with Charles Gibson. I finally sat down to watch this woman, who is said to represent an average mother, like me. But since my youngest was having her thirteenth birthday party, three teenage girls watched...

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