September 17, 2003 |
You can see two worlds from this shambles of misery that creeps up the mountain. The first is the neighborhood itself. Crude cinder-block houses lurch up the slope. The streets are tight -- some no wider than the span of a man's arms. Contaminated water courses down homemade canals. It's loud, dirty and cramped here. The second lies in the valley below. Skyscrapers owned by multinationals soar in neat bundles. The colonial-era Congress building gleams white.
February 13, 2013 |
What appears to be the fiery finale to Christopher Dorner's violent rampage across Southern California nearly upstaged President Obama's State of the Union address. As the seconds ticked down to the start of the speech, it seemed as though Anderson Cooper and the folks at CNN were awfully reluctant to break away from the burning cabin near Big Bear where the disgruntled, unhinged ex-cop from the Los Angeles Police Department appeared to be holed up. Nevertheless, the cable news organizations did their duty and switched from the sensational to the substantial.
April 25, 1989
Boeing Co.: The Seattle-based aircraft company said first-quarter profit rose to $161 million, up 18% from a year ago. Revenue advanced 10% to $4 billion. The firm attributed the gains to higher sales and lower levels of research, development and other new business expenses relating to commercial aircraft and computing. They were partly offset by continued performance problems on several U.S. government programs, increased research, development relating to electronics, defense and space programs and a higher effective federal income tax rate.
May 8, 2003 |
A U.S. judge in Portland ruled that government programs to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin do not meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act. U.S. District Judge James A. Redden struck down the strategy for protecting Columbia Basin salmon, issued in December 2000.The strategy focused on improving habitat, hatcheries and harvest limits without breaching four lower Snake River dams. Some environmentalists want the dams breached.
March 8, 2013
Re "GOP revisits Medicare reform," March 3 People get the greatest share of their lifetime medical care after age 65, and Medicare is currently the cheapest solution to that problem. The federal program's overhead is smaller than private insurance, but economists say the program is underfunded. If raising taxes is a tough sell, then increasing the monthly medical insurance premium that most Medicare recipients pay above $104 would improve its financing. That is cheaper than having millions of seniors on the welfare rolls due to medical bankruptcy, which could happen if we place seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies by giving them vouchers.
March 8, 2013 |
The news of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death this week was striking not because it came as a surprise. Rather it was because his death ignited a bitter debate over what the populist leader's lasting legacy will be at home and abroad. To his supporters, Chavez was a force for good who made them a priority, who established government programs to combat poverty and illiteracy. But to his critics, he was little more than an old-style Latin American caudillo , or strongman, who mismanaged the country's vast oil wealth and allowed inflation and crime to spiral out of control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1996
In her Column Right on April 28, Arianna Huffington criticized Newt Gingrich for summarizing the Republican agenda as "Earn more, keep more, do more." She feels that instead of being so frank in stating that the core beliefs of his party are totally egotistical, he might have at least replaced the "do more" by "give more." Good for Huffington. At least she, unlike Gingrich, realizes that there are severe problems in our society that require compassion for their solution. However, Huffington's solution of such problems is private giving instead of government programs sponsored by the taxes we all pay. She should know better.
May 9, 2006 |
The federal government said Monday that it had moved to bar Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s San Diego hospital from Medicare and other government programs because of alleged kickbacks to doctors. The move could be costly to Tenet, possibly forcing it to sell the profitable hospital -- a rare commodity these days -- at a fire-sale price.
April 16, 2000 |
Unknown to most Californians, Keith Brackpool, a British-born investment banker, has become a key advisor to Gov. Gray Davis on California's water policy while simultaneously amassing a huge financial stake in the direction that policy takes. Brackpool has bet heavily on a controversial proposal by his firm, Santa Monica-based Cadiz Inc., to extract and sell a vast amount of water stored naturally beneath the Mojave Desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1993 |
Addie D'Agui and Michael Bergeron are like any other couple who fall in love and want to marry. But if this couple said "I do," their combined income would drop substantially. D'Agui and Bergeron are disabled and living on Supplemental Security Income payments. If they married, they would lose about $90 a month, a result of a government policy that provides married couples with less assistance than two single individuals.