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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... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Security in the Skies—A Full Debate

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 11, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    An often heard complaint about the broadcast media is that important subjects are dealt with in a cursory and superficial way. Profound subjects are packaged in 90 second segments and the various advocates of differing positions are given a few precious seconds to make what are often... read on

  • Short on Money and Common Sense

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 8, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    Friday’s Los Angeles Times had three articles, the interconnections of which weren’t clear, but ought to have been.

    One reported on the state-wide “Day of Action” by students, faculty and parents protesting cuts in education funding in California. The second article detailed... read on

  • Passe Protest Politics

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 5, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    Yesterday, in what’s been called a “Day of Action,” groups of students, teachers, and their allies staged walk-outs, sit-ins and demonstrations across California.  In Oakland, protesters marched onto and shut down an Interstate freeway.  Activists at UCLA occupied... read on

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