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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 a writer,  poet, playwright and art historian, with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Until she retired in 2017, Roth taught at Mills College, Oakland, and previously  at the University of California in San Diego. Roth has published extensively including Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Currently she is at work on two volumes of her recent writings: 1. Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker and 2. Traveling Companions/ Fractured Worlds.


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