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June 5, 2013 | By David Honig
"To pour forth benefits for the common good is divine" was the motto for the nation's first subscription library established in 1731.  More than 250 years later, libraries of all kinds still provide benefits for the common good. Similarly, television audiences across America can access fantastic cable and satellite TV subscription libraries -- offering something for everyone -- available at just about the price of a daily cup of coffee. Viewers can "surf" hundreds of channels from the comfort of their homes, much like visitors to traditional brick-and-mortar libraries can browse shelves to explore and discover ideas and cultures to which they've never been exposed.
August 9, 2013 | By Amy Wallen
After reading 27-year-old Max Perry's Op-Ed article " Poor Memory? Forget it " in my old-fashioned print newspaper, I laughed both at his irony and his naivete. He is right that we older folk say, "Shoot me when my memory loss gets too bad. " But, then he says, "Go with the flow. " That it's not "cataclysmic. " Dear Max, let me explain this memory loss we are so willing to be shot over. I see your point, it's just a cocker spaniel whose name we forgot. If we had dementia we would think that dog was one of our kids.
September 20, 2013 | By Jack Mosbacher
In the coming weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely sign AB 484, a measure that would put the state at odds with the Obama administration and risk $1.5 billion in federal funding by effectively suspending data collection on K-12 student achievement for the current school year as the state transitions to the Common Core curriculum. What this effort doesn't consider is that there are other crucial changes taking place in California's education system, including different ways to allocate funding to schools.
March 1, 2013 | By David Green and Blanca Gomez
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has been under much scrutiny lately, following a series of highly publicized child deaths, a disgusting case of child abuse in Palmdale and, more recently, the publication of a scathing internal report, which The Times wrote about in the Feb. 14 article, “ Report excoriates L.A. County agency in child deaths, torture .” Contrary to what some people believe, front-line social...
May 7, 2011
MOCA's can of worms Re "Tagging MOCA," Opinion, May 1 Heather Mac Donald was right on the mark. Like some others, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles chooses to glorify vandalism instead of condemning the urban and suburban blight it has brought to the L.A. area. Now we are all paying the price for the proliferation of graffiti vandalism. Mac Donald also singled out the parents and their apparent and appalling lack of control as a major contributor to this plague.
January 6, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Sinéad O'Connor and 50 Cent couldn't be more different, but when it comes to over-sharing on Twitter, the 1980s icon and gruff rapper have quite a bit in common. While we've become accustomed to Kanye West's rants and boasts on the social media site (such as crowning himself the new Steve Jobs this week), or Laurieann Gibson's smackdowns with Lady Gaga fans, O'Connor and 50 are the latest in a recent rash of celebrities — namely musicians — whose meltdowns and bouts of TMI (Too Much Information)
May 4, 2000 | By CHALMERS JOHNSON, Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute and author of "Blowback: the Costs and Consequences of American Empire" (Metropolitan Books, 2000)
Our intelligence agencies--the CIA and its rivals in the Pentagon--have a history of creating neologisms to describe our world that cover up more than they reveal. There have been lofty coinages like "host-nation support," meaning foreign countries pay to base our troops on their soil, and military jargon like "low-intensity warfare" that repackages the most brutal strife in antiseptic language. Every now and then, however, a useful new word emerges from the labyrinth of our secret services.
Chalmers Johnson, the brilliant and iconoclastic scholar of China, Japan and the rest of East Asia, has in "Blowback" written a brilliant and iconoclastic assault on American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Johnson's book, however, may not be taken as seriously by the American establishment as it deserves to be. In foreign policy circles, Johnson has developed something of a reputation as a gadfly, and as such, he stings by overstatement to make his points.
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