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  • A MANDELA MEMORY

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 12, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    Amid the world wide focus on Nelson Mandela and his impact, I was reminded of an unforgettable encounter here in Los Angeles over twenty years ago between two extraordinary men---Nelson Mandela and Natan Sharansky---that I was privileged to be a small part of.

    Tom Tugend of the... read on

  • AN ENERGY GAME CHANGER

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 5, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has an eye opening op/ed by George Shultz, a giant of recent American history. Former Secretary of State Shultz has an unparalleled resume ---he is one of only two individuals in American history to have served in four different cabinet positions. He is... read on

  • ENCOUNTER HISTORY

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    A few months ago, this blog wrote about the planned display of the Cyrus Cylinder at the Getty Villa. The Cylinder has been on view since October 2 and will remain there until December 2. Considering that it is the first declaration of religious liberty in Western history, it's a... read on

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  • IGNORING THE PUBLIC INTEREST

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 24, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    This week, the Los Angeles City Council came close to buckling to lobbyists and special interests to harm the interests of many of its residents. It did so with transparently illogical explanations that insult the intelligence of its constituents while hiding what really animated... read on

  • Tolerating Intolerance

    By David A. Lehrer, Hon. Richard J. Riordan, and Joe R. Hicks

    August 30, 2013 | 9:35 am

    In the wake of the celebrations and commentaries regarding the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” oration, it’s sobering to realize that we have almost become inured to allegations of discrimination and claims of subsequent disadvantage; they have almost... read on

  • “I Have a Dream” + 50 Years

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 28, 2013 | 10:54 am

    Today's OC Register has an op/ed by Community Advocates' Joe Hicks. He analyses the progress that has been made and some of the challenges that remain fifty years after Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream oration.

    Today's Wall Street Journal carries an incisive op/ed (click for... read on

  • THE “DISADVANTAGE OF DELIBERATE OBFUSCATION”

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 9, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Last weekend an eye opening article appeared in The New York Times that should have sparked a California-wide, if not a national, discussion: Are public universities ignoring the US Supreme Court and violating California law to achieve a goal they think transcends the rule of law... read on

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