April 4, 2011 |
American unions are waging epic battles today against the most serious assaults they've encountered in more than half a century, and they've had some major successes. No one could have predicted that union members and their supporters would flood state capitals in the way they have, or that polls would show Americans support collective bargaining rights for public employees by a 2-1 margin. The Republican governors who've gone after the unions — Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich most prominently — have seen their poll ratings tank.
June 24, 2011 |
Nearly every day for three years, Josue Melquisedec Diaz reported to work by going to a New Orleans street corner where contractors, subcontractors and people fixing up their places went to hire day laborers. It was there, one day in 2008, that a contractor picked him up and took him to Beaumont, Texas, just across the Louisiana line, to work on the cleanup, demolition and reconstruction projects that Beaumont was undertaking in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. Diaz was put to work in a residential neighborhood that had been flooded.
July 17, 1986
A group co-chaired by former Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown formally launched a campaign to fight "right-wing attacks on the (California) Supreme Court" and to help Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and six other justices keep their jobs. Brown told reporters that the Independent Citizens Committee to Keep Politics Out of the Court would counter "the big lie" that the state's high court is soft on crime. "These are mean-spirited, misleading and untruthful right-wing attacks on the court," he said.
January 22, 1995
I take issue with Rep. Henry A. Waxman's contention that the state of California "taxed itself into prosperity" ("A Liberal Lion in Winter," by Harold Meyerson, Dec. 4). California's post-World War II boom was aided by a large tax base, government industry and higher incomes. As in the '80s, tax revenue increased because of lower tax rates. Gary O. Kent Torrance Waxman has been too busy being a "national congressman." Maybe losing his subcommittee chairmanship will give him time to return to basics and find out what's needed in his district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1996
Harold Meyerson (Opinion, June 9) got it all wrong when he claimed that "Wilshire Boulevard Temple has recently decided to abandon its venerable building .J.J. for new digs on the Westside." The congregation is remaining in its historic building on Wilshire Boulevard between Hobart and Harvard streets, and has no intention of abandoning its architectural or communal service legacy now, or in the future. The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus that Wilshire Boulevard Temple is now building at the northeast block of Olympic Boulevard and Barrington Avenue in West Los Angeles will expand the temple's 134 years of service to children, youth, adults, seniors and families with a new educational and community center.
December 3, 1988
A quote in Janice Arkatov's otherwise lovely article on pianist/singer Michael Feinstein misrepresented one of Ira Gershwin's couplets from "Embraceable You" ("Fast-Rising Cabaret Star in Tune With Music of the '30s," Nov. 25). The rhyme is not "But hang it, you'll shout 'encore' of our love / Ding-dang it, come on, let's glorify love." It's "But hang it--Come on, let's glorify love / Ding dang it, you'll shout 'Encore!' if I love!" I run the risk of coming off as the couplet curmudgeon only because Ira would never have written the line as quoted.