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2004 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • Ghost of Politics Past

    published December 29, 2004

    Once I get to San Francisco, everything will be different. Dreams won't seem so silly and goals won't seem so distant. ... More >>

  • The High Life

    published December 22, 2004

    Just Dandy If I owned spats and a gold-tipped walking stick, I'd have been wearing them Dec. 9. My day's... More >>

  • Housing Democrats

    published December 15, 2004

    Seeking refuge from cold, damp Market Street last Wednesday, I pushed open an unlocked door near the corner of Second Street, stepped onto an... More >>

  • How to Secede From Jesusland, Without Really Fighting

    published December 8, 2004

    In 1846, 33 Yankee settlers along the northern banks of the Sacramento River became outraged at news the Mexican government of California would... More >>

  • The Hellman Challenge

    published December 1, 2004

    As useful as the field of public relations is for selling things, it's worthless for communication aimed at finding the truth or a reasonable... More >>

  • Bus Stopped

    published November 24, 2004

    About a year ago, Jay Primus boarded the 38 Geary bus on the west side of Market Street and rode it through the Tenderloin District, jostling,... More >>

  • Moral Inferiority

    published November 17, 2004

    At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, I pulled off the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and sat silently with my mother, listening to election returns... More >>

  • Husbanding Our Resources

    published November 10, 2004

    Let me get this straight. San Francisco's going to shut down health clinics, neglect potholes, and allow trash to pile up in the streets, all... More >>

  • Apathy to the Rescue

    published October 27, 2004

    Scowly-faced, bowl-cut Robert Haaland takes a keen drag on his cigarette as he lopes across Ashbury Street Thursday evening. As one of 22... More >>

  • Yo Soy Centroamericano

    published October 20, 2004

    There are myriad reasons many San Francisco residents believe it's important that John Kerry beat George Bush. Maria Elena Mestayer, 44, who... More >>

  • Fiber-Optic Illusion

    published October 13, 2004

    When I first ran across the proposal by Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Chris Daly to fund a $300,000 study on whether the city should go into the... More >>

  • The City That Would Be King

    published September 29, 2004

    Mufasa's ghost: Simba, you have forgotten me. Simba: No. How could I? Mufasa's ghost: You have forgotten who you are... More >>

  • Big Dam Mess

    published September 22, 2004

    Following retirement from 35 years of work in the mutual fund industry, George A. Miller went to the library "to have some structure in my life,"... More >>

  • Toward a Cyclocross Ethic

    published September 15, 2004

    Last week I was crusading on behalf of an ancient common-law precept granting widespread access to God's earthly treasures when a mistimed... More >>

  • Monsturd of the Ballot Box

    published September 8, 2004

    I don't know a whole lot about made- in-San Francisco independent film. But I know what I like, and I love Monsturd, the story of a... More >>

  • Homeland Sinecurity

    published September 1, 2004

    When I met Barry Mallek last week, he was already a couple of hours into a day of defending America from terrorist threat. Still, he seemed to be... More >>

  • Gutted

    published August 25, 2004

    On Wednesday, Aug. 11, life at Alta Vista Healthcare, a nursing home in Riverside, started with a break from the usual monotony. That morning, a... More >>

  • Development Pressure

    published August 18, 2004

    On paper, the Mission Housing Development Corp. would seem a sleepy nonprofit cubicle farm, similar to hundreds of others that populate San... More >>

  • Progressive Failure

    published August 4, 2004

    Photocopied fliers festoon Panhandle telephone poles, advertising politicians rather than lost cats. Cole Valley's coffee shops seem friendlier... More >>

  • What Would Jürgen Do?

    published July 28, 2004

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) -- Jürgen Prochnow, a German character actor known for playing villains with a penchant for... More >>

  • Censorship for Dummies

    published July 21, 2004

    To watch the dictators and political operatives and religious zealots go at it, censorship might seem like a tough business. The so-called experts... More >>

  • Follow the Money

    published July 14, 2004

    Actors dressed as doctors hover over a comatose patient on an ER-like set. Instead of properly curing the poor fellow, they cover him in... More >>

  • Free the Science!

    published July 7, 2004

    There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even... More >>

  • Partners in Slime

    published June 30, 2004

    On June 19, thousands of workers and supporters massed on the walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wearing the trademark purple of the Service... More >>

  • Little People Win!

    published June 23, 2004

    There was once a young bureaucrat named Tony who worked as executive assistant to the mayor of a small city. He spent his days following his boss... More >>

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