March 12, 2013
Re "Banks may be too big to prosecute, U.S. says," March 8 If banks are too big to prosecute, it is time to break them up. Too big to prosecute is too big to exist. Larry Severson Fountain Valley ALSO: Letters: Two sides on Hugo Chavez Letters: Mental health and marijuana Letters: 'Class warfare' on the L.A. ballot
October 12, 1997 |
On a snowy evening in late December 1905, as former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg opened the wooden gate to his comfortable lamp-lit home, an explosion shattered the air, demolishing the gate, splintering yards of boardwalk and tearing the governor's body apart. The blast could be heard for miles around, and the reverberations shook the nation.
December 6, 2011 |
President Obama rolled out the major themes of his reelection bid in a speech in which he sought to capture public concern about rising economic inequality and wrap his policies in a call for a "fair shot" for America's middle class. Growing inequality "is the defining issue of our time," Obama said in a nearly hourlong address here Tuesday. "This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement.
December 2, 2002
Robert Reich's "A Winning $700-Billion Balancing Act" made for chilling reading. It was the epitome of naked class warfare. Karl Marx would have been very proud. Reich makes the taking of much of what's left of one's lifetime efforts to distribute to others sound almost sensible. "From each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs." Sound familiar? Fortunately, we still live in a capitalist society, where we can work hard all our lives with some assurance that our children will inherit the fruits of our labors.
October 1, 2004 |
Republicans have insisted for years that the American people don't resent the rich, they admire them. Strangely, though, they have devoted enormous energy this year to informing the American people that John F. Kerry is rich. The Republican National Committee produced a game called Kerryopoly, in which a player earning $40,000 a year "can land on properties like Nantucket, worth $9.18 million, Beacon Hill, worth $6.9 million, or Idaho, worth $4.9 million."
September 24, 2000 |
With just over a week to go before the presidential debates begin, the unexpected has happened. The differences between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush haven't narrowed, they've grown wider. At issue is the future of egalitarianism in America. Can Gore convince voters that his defense of "working families"--or, as he now prefers to call them, "hard-working, middle-class families"--constitutes a new egalitarianism?
September 20, 2011
Symbol of courage Re "Valor in the 'kill zone,' " Sept. 16 How proud all Marines must be to see one of their own awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, in a ceremony at the White House — lest we forget our troops defending our freedom 24/7 in places far from home. As the father of an active-duty Marine, I am particularly awed by the actions of Dakota Meyer, and I thank God every day that there are still those among us who answer to a much higher calling.