Jewish Journal

  • Even Less to Kvetch About

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 15, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Last Sunday Community Advocates had an op/ed in the Daily News entitled “Some Kvetchers Can’t Bring Themselves to See Good News.” The article argues that too many, especially in the civil rights realm; prefer to ignore positive societal trends for a variety of reasons.

    Civil... read on

  • Good Radio, Bad Facts—-Misrepresenting Reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 10, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    I was driving home Tuesday night on my regular route (Downtown LA to Lincoln Heights—to pick up my wife—to home) when I heard an interesting piece on NPR’s All Things Considered entitled “LA Community Starved for Healthful Food Options.”

    It started out innocently enough,... read on

  • Explosive Charges With No Evidence

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    January 20, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    The political dust has settled and facts have begun to emerge about the evil and/or mentally disturbed Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old man who sits behind bars charged with shooting to death six people and wounding 14 others in Tucson, Arizona. 

    In the days since the tragedy a... read on

  • “Sharpening Our Instincts for Empathy”

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 19, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Last week, when President Obama delivered his moving address in Tucson it was hard to predict what its impact might be. A brief moment when we were asked to appeal to our better angels that would pass as the trauma of the awful shooting faded from memory or, perhaps, a pivot after... read on

  • Allegations That Don’t Stick

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 3, 2010 | 5:26 pm

    The Wall Street Journal just ran a column by one of its weekend regulars, Joe Queenan, entitled, “I Hear America Whining? Zip It, Pal.” The timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous. I have been in a quandary over writing this blog and couldn’t quite figure out how to tie in two... read on

  • Juan Williams’ Honesty

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 25, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    Last week’s brouhaha over the firing of National Public Radio and Fox commentator Juan Williams has been a long-time coming. The reluctance of too many to accept honest talk about race relations and its complexity has often led to pious pronouncements that miss the mark—-how we act... read on

  • Tom Friedman and Calling It Like It Is

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 20, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Pulitzer Prizes

    are hard to earn. Anyone who receives one is forever described as “Pulitzer Prize winner….” It’s a distinct and, almost always, well-deserved honor.  It’s special to receive one, rare to receive two, and almost unheard of to receive three. Tom Friedman of... read on

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