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Opinion: Our partisan fever is dangerous

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Partisanship is particularly useless right now. Worse, it’s proving dangerous... I saw this exemplified in real time last week. Mid-week, I was reading...

Opinion: Why is blackface still such a divisive issue? Perhaps we don’t know what...

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David Carter, a Milpitas High School teacher, wore blackface. Carter’s actions -- regardless of holiday -- were wrong and racist. That we can all...

Opinion: In the matter of the blackface teacher, there’s a more important question than...

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In regard to the matter of one David Carter, the Milpitas teacher who wore blackface in the classroom last Halloween, and whose job status...

Opinion: Political correctness should not cost MHS students a great teacher

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Political Correctness is far more deadly than CoVid-19. While it does kill people, it also kills creativity and the human spirit. Case in point:...

Opinion: It’s important that you vote

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We live in strange times. Within the first fifth of this young century, we’ve had our minds rewired many times over, courtesy of the Internet,...

Opinion: How Ling Kong can win the School Board Special Election

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Consider the case of one Ling Kong.  Kong’s running for the open Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) School Board seat in March, 2020’s Special Election....

Opinion: Tonight, Mayor Tran has 2 choices

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At tonight’s City Council meeting, Council will decide whether or not to move forward on rotating out Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez and giving another...

Opinion: It’s time for Milpitas’ elected officials to receive competitive salaries

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In December, 2018, Milpitas’ Mayor Rich Tran announced his run for county supervisor. Then in June, 2019, he announced his run for state assembly....

Opinion: The MUSD issue: an opportunity to learn & be better

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When Mr. Bobay left for Texas, we knew that the school board would be challenged to fill his shoes. But who could know that...

Opinion: News Organizations Should Delay Releasing Mass Shooters’ Names

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Systems get gamed. That’s what happens. When a given system becomes predictable enough, exploitative parties swoop in and game it. I lived in L.A. for...

Letter to the editor: A Response to Eric Shapiro’s Opinion Piece on Trump

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While I agree with Eric Shapiro’s opinion piece in the Beat’s that Donald Trump acts like a crime boss, I disagree with several other...

Opinion: “We can’t allow ourselves to become numb to the pain.”

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We can’t allow ourselves to become numb to the pain. It’s not just another shooting, whether it happens in El Paso, Dayton – or...

Opinion: Time for Celebration, and for Continued Advocacy: Council Has Recognized the Affordability Problem...

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In April and May the Milpitas City Council was asked to at least establish an emergency ordinance to protect residents from undue rent increases...

Opinion & Testimonials: Student Stories on Mental Illness 

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As the world keeps changing, humans are forced to adapt to new cultures and experiences that may not have been a problem earlier in...

Opinion: Shout-out to MUSD Classified Staff

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As we’ve reached the end of the school year, I want to give a shout-out to the many classified school employees who are the...

Opinion: The One Tactic Required to Defeat Trump in 2020

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OK, enough fooling around: How do we beat this freakin’ guy? I’ll assess this tactically, not politically. Politically, the left is presently split into two...

Opinion: Randall Shines But More Needs to be Done

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I’m a teacher who came back to Randall Elementary from another school after four years. What I’ve learned from my previous and current stints...

Opinion: The Future Comes at the Expense of the Past

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Toward the end of last month, on Wednesday, April 24, the Milpitas Planning Commission arrived unanimously at a historical decision, approving the presence of...

Opinion: Let’s Inspire our Kids

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In March, I had the honor and pleasure of hosting the 6th Annual STEAM showcase. We had over 240 students participating, representing every public...

Opinion: Let’s Honor and Support our Teachers

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Did you know that this week (May 5-11) is National Teachers Appreciation Week? If you have younger kids, you’ve been reminded of that through...

Opinion: Suggestions for Milpitas’ Budget Planning

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After attending the March 28 Community Meeting on the Budget at which attendees were invited to contribute ideas, I came up with these suggestions. Make...

Opinion: No More Milpitas Drama

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When I joined the United States Military with the Air National Guard, I was sent to the Air Force basic military training at Lackland...