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Optimism and the Future

By  David A. Lehrer

April 29, 2010 | 4:55 pm

Many boomers like me vividly remember events like the 1968 Mexico Olympics when young African Americans expressed their anger and contempt for America and what it represented—-lifting their... read on

  • Capitulation and Our Freedoms

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    April 26, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    Comedy Central’s continuing lack of nerve regarding Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s hit show South Park reached a new low last week when it heavily censored an episode that humorously depicted the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.  The show featured Muhammad disguised in a... read on

  • Reason and Israel-US Tensions

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 20, 2010 | 7:54 pm

    On an almost daily basis I receive emails from well-intentioned friends and acquaintances warning, in the most apocalyptic of terms, of the deterioration in the US-Israel relationship. They invariably allege that Israel is being assaulted by an uncaring American president who has put... read on

  • A Bankrupt City?

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 14, 2010 | 5:03 pm

    The numbers are staggering, in fact, overwhelming: the City of Los Angeles’ annual pension and retirement health benefit bills (just for police and fire) will escalate over the next five years from $423 million to $1 billion.  That makes the paltry few million dollars shortfall... read on

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  • America and Ethnicity

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 9, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    Yesterday’s Wall St. Journal had an article by the frequently controversial Dorothy Rabinowitz titled, “What’s Not Happening to American Muslims.” It was prompted by remarks attributed to Tom Hanks in his promotional tour for his epic HBO series, “The Pacific.”

    Hanks is... read on

  • Tolerating Intolerance

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 31, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    Twenty five years ago, I wrote an op/ed in the Los Angeles Times about the failure of a political leader to speak up unequivocally in the face of bigotry and hate; I do the same today with virtually the same message.

    The political leader is different and placement on the political... read on

  • A Mistaken Position

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 24, 2010 | 4:47 pm

    Sheriff Lee Baca is a friend. We have known him for decades, long before he was elected sheriff we worked with him as he dedicated himself to improving inter-group relations in Los Angeles County. We don’t doubt his commitment, sincerity and genuineness in seeking to reach out to... read on

  • Racial Entitlements and the Healthcare Bill

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 16, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Now being pushed through the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is President Obama’s healthcare bill.  It’s a 1,018-page-long document that has all sorts of interesting little gems, or toad stools, depending on one’s perspective. 

    The massive plan is something that few members of... read on

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