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  • Prying in the Name of Diversity

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 9, 2012 | 12:57 pm


    The following op/ed appears in today’s Los Angeles Times:

    The results are in. Of the 1,005 California judges who responded to a government survey released last week, 969 identified themselves as heterosexual, 19 as lesbians and 17 as gay men.

    We know this — though it’s none of... read on

  • Waking Up to Sacramento’s Silliness

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 8, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    Readers of this blog know that on Tuesday we wrote of the silliness of a Sacramento bill (AB 1678) that would ban food trucks from within 1,500 feet of any public school in California. 

    We argued that it was a misguided effort to deal with childhood obesity and nutrition with an... read on

  • Sacramento’s At It Again

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 6, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    KogiBBQ, Coolhaus, and Canter’s mobile food trucks are not a usual topic of interest to The Wide Angle blog. We don’t opine on which of the food trucks are better or more accessible or offer more variety—- that’s not our thing.

    But a report in The Los Angeles Times over the... read on

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  • Looking Before Leaping….and Pandering

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    This week The New York Times announced its new correspondent in Jerusalem, Jodi Rudoren. A Times’ staffer who has had a long career as a domestic reporter for the paper and with no discernible experience or expertise in foreign affairs or the Middle East.

    Inevitably, given the... read on

  • Inflammatory Charges…and Reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 16, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    Rarely do two events juxtapose themselves so perfectly so that the contrast between the right path and error is transparently clear.

    Last week, news media reported on studies that found a growing education gap between rich and poor. Dramatic data indicate that

    the gap in achievement... read on
  • AN IMPORTANT ISSUE—-A CONTROVERSIAL BOOK

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 8, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Rarely does an issue, an article or a book generate such differing responses from people on the same side of the political spectrum as Charles Murray’s just published Coming Apart.

    David Brooks, the conservative-leaning op/ed columnist at The New York Times, has described the... read on

  • One Serious Problem Gone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Over the past few days, the press reported a welcomed reminder of how America has been transforming itself over recent decades. Not in the depressing trajectory that is often the subject of the blather of 24/7 news outlets and their self-proclaimed “pundits.” Rather, by virtue of... read on

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