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Diridon: Trump’s military dictatorship foiled by top military leaders

Any crackpot, Third World dictator could have told President Trump the military was needed for a successful coup d’état. Looking back, Trump’s administration removed the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s courageous Capt. Brett Crozier for standing up for his COVID-19 ravaged crew. Trump incessantly and crudely, criticized war hero and distinguished statesman John McCain even while the...

Sanderlin, Khan, Hall: An open letter to SJUSD about police in schools

Dear Community and San José Unified School District Board of Trustees, The San José Unified Equity Coalition—a culturally diverse collection of district parents, students, educators and concerned community members—formed in June 2020 in response to the police and vigilante killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We are advocating to remove police from...

Vargas: Expanding the federal judiciary is necessary

Eight years ago, I worked for U.S. District Court judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minnesota. My first project involved a procedural issue, in which the judge had to decide whether to grant a motion to move a case to Wisconsin. One of the most persuasive arguments for Judge Nelson was the fact that...

Bramson: No easy answers for poverty in a pandemic

Amid all of the chaos of the past few weeks, I find myself dumbfounded by the raging national debate over the amount of stimulus checks. Whether it’s $600, $2,000, or any other one-time denomination, part of the discourse feels like our leaders are agreeing that we should be allowed to eat cake, but still not...

Staedler: Do not lower expectations of elected leaders in 2021

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and congratulate Ramona and Josh along with the entire team on the second anniversary of San José Spotlight. Please check out the celebratory event this month and donate if you can. It’s been a doozy of a year and one that we will never forget. While...

Sethi: It’s time to pass Medicare for All

Almost every time I call my Dad, it is to talk about insurance. We spend so much of our free time figuring our insurance plans, finding out what health clinics take our insurance, calculating costs, and of course, planning who will pay for what medical bills. When we moved to America, we did not foresee...