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In Search of Backbone

By  David A. Lehrer

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The headlines this afternoon are chilling in their nonchalance, “Largest Theater Chains Won’t Show Sony Film,” followed within hours by “Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release of The... read on

  • UCLA Environmentalists Apologize

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 17, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Further to Friday’s blog about the bizarre statements that appeared in the Los Angeles Times from environmentalists at UCLA.

    Recall that the leaders of the UCLA Institute on the Environment dismissed John Muir as one whose “vision of wilderness is rooted in economic privilege and... read on

  • Arrogant Bigotry

    David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    November 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times had a disturbing piece about what one might otherwise assume is an innocuous, uncontentious set of topics---conservation, nature, wilderness, John Muir and the Sierra Club.

    The Times’ reported there is now a “rethinking of Muir” taking place because,... read on

  • A Courageous Statement from US Muslim Leaders

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 31, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has an op/ed that may mark a watershed in Muslim Americans’ attitudes and the willingness of the community’s organizational leadership to speak out against “regressive religious attitudes and authoritarianism.”

    Two national Muslim leaders, Salam al... read on

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  • ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ and civility

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 21, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    Yesterday saw the premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The media have been fascinated by the opera, the demonstrations outside the opening, the spokesmen for the various positions, and the high profile politicians who participated.

    Not... read on

  • POLTICAL BELIEFS DIVIDE US MORE THAN RACE

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 16, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    One of the accepted “facts” of American life is that race and ethnicity are the divides that cleave our country. The given wisdom is that race and ethnicity always lurk in the background and are what taint many Americans’ decisions as to whom we hire, rent to, educate, marry and... read on

  • FACTS TRUMP HYPERBOLE

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 2, 2014 | 4:32 pm

    Wednesday, the first of October, was a day that federal and state laws came to meeting point. Under federal law, colleges and universities across the country were required to report the incidence of crimes on campus (under the Clery Act).

    The data touches especially on California... read on

  • The City Council’s Decline

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 30, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    Today’s Los Angeles Times had an op/ed which ought to set off alarm bells throughout Los Angeles---our city council ignores data to enact legislation that is counter to common sense, facts and the proferred reason for the legislation itself.

    The passage by the City Council of... read on

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