Cragmont Elementary School: overcrowding is an issue
Cragmont Elementary School: overcrowding is an issue

Measure D, the so-called soda tax measure which will be on the Berkeley ballot in November, continues to prompt heated debate in our community, and big spending by the constituents that oppose the tax. It’s not surprising: what happens in Berkeley could prove pivotal for the country at large.

Berkeleyside’s Opinionator section has recently welcomed two new op-eds on the subject: one, by Eric Gorovitz, a Berkeley resident, BUSD parent, and Type II diabetic, argues in favor of the measure. The other, by Baylen J. Linnekin, the executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation, says the tax is the wrong formula, regardless of its ideology.

Read all Berkeleyside’s coverage on the controversial soda tax.

Meanwhile, overcrowding in Berkeley Unified schools is the subject of another new op-ed by Stephanie Wade, a BUSD parent and former Cragmont Elementary School PTA president. Wade argues that this problem is also an opportunity, but that the community needs to rally now to address it.

Join the conversation — whether you agree or disagree with the views expressed — by leaving your comments on the op-eds in the Opinionator section.

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