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The Supreme Court is Supreme

By  David A. Lehrer

October 7, 2010 | 4:38 pm

The news over the past few days offered distressing images of the harassment that the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was subjected to when they buried the young soldier in... read on

  • The Mainstream Gets Used

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 5, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Tens of thousands of people gathered this past weekend in Washington, D.C. under the banner of One Nation Working Together

    with the avowed aim of “building a more united America—-with jobs, justice and education for all.”  A benign goal with which very few could disagree.

    The... read on

  • Funding the Wrong Programs

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 17, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    Los Angeles is a wonderful city. As a native I have a love for the climate, the landscape, the diversity of peoples—-all of which make for a unique and dynamic and interesting place to live and raise a family.

    What doesn’t seem so dynamic is the profound dysfunction that has... read on

  • Religious Zealots and Democracy

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 1, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    In writing yesterday’s blog about Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his inflammatory comments urging a plague on Palestinians and their leaders, I recalled an op/ed in the Wall St. Journal by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. that I return to from time to time (“The Worst Corruption”). It dates... read on

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  • Being Honest About Hate

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 31, 2010 | 3:36 pm

    The past few days offered an interesting confluence of events that serves to highlight the importance of moral consistency, principle and the danger posed by religious true believers.

    In this weekend’s Jerusalem Post and this week’s Jewish Journal, Judea Pearl, president of the... read on

  • Teachers Unions, Funding for Education and Honesty

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 27, 2010 | 4:45 pm

    The LA Times ran a modest item this week reporting that California had lost its bid for a federal Race to the Top

    education grant. As Howard Blume of the Times noted, California stood to receive as much as $700 million in federal monies—-Los Angeles Unified alone stood to receive... read on

  • The LA Times at its Best

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 17, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    The financial troubles of the Los Angeles Times are no secret. The Tribune Company’s bankruptcy filing, the frequent staff cuts and “buyouts” have become chatter in countless media blogs and at cocktail parties across the Southland. The conventional thinking seems to be that... read on

  • Preferences Are Still No Go in California

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 3, 2010 | 5:11 pm

    A bit over a year ago, on one of our first blogs, I wrote about an opinion filed by Attorney General Jerry Brown before the California Supreme Court.

    His letter opinion had been requested by the Court in a case involving the constitutionality of Proposition 209 and its... read on

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