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On the front page of today’s New York Times I read that “President Puts ‘America First’ At Trade Talks: Hard Words for China and Globalist Policy” and next to this is a photograph entitled “A Chilling Preview” which shows “Steam rising from a manhole on Friday where the high was 38 degrees. The weather will again be winter on Saturday.”

In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, on the front page, I study an essay entitled “Oakland Retesting its Water” which is about the “alarming level of lead contamination in plumbing fixtures in 10 Oakland public schools” followed by explaining that, as a result, district administrators have decided to launch a new round of water quality tests at all campuses.

Moira Roth is an art historian, writer and playwright with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1985 she has taught at Mills College. She has published extensively including Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Currently she is at work on her second volume, Traveling Companions/ Fractured Worlds



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