CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2001 |
White racism is elusive: a complicated set of half-formed ideas, pervasive moods, involuntary visceral responses. Yet in each era of American history, racism has taken on an institutional embodiment that both demonstrated its continued vitality and provided a flash point for anti-racist action. Until the Civil War, the flash point was slavery. And from the late 19th century until the civil rights movement, it was legal segregation. In our era, the flash point is law enforcement.
October 2, 1988 |
Five years later, the U.S. invasion of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada has stirred a federal court battle pitting two unlikely opponents--a group of American servicemen and the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service. President Reagan inadvertently triggered the dispute on Feb. 2, 1987, when he signed what was then considered an innocuous executive order extending immediate citizenship to those aliens who were on active duty in the U.S.
March 5, 2000 |
The history of exploration is written on water, and for no country more so than Portugal. Tiny Portugal, less than half the size of California, graduated, over the first half of the second millennium, from a pit stop for North Sea sailors on their way to the Crusades to the prime purveyor of caravels and navigators, cloves and colonialism. Under Prince Henry the Navigator and Spice Boy Vasco da Gama, the sea became the road to wealth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1997 |
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 hasn't stimulated competition among local telephone service providers. There are two reasons for this. One is that the provision of local service really is a natural monopoly and competition doesn't make economic sense. The other is that the local telephone companies are skirting the intent of the law by using their monopoly and local lobbying powers to stifle potential competition.
March 9, 2004 |
Unhooded. The world explodes into light. Feathers rustle. Tree and cloud, perch and pond quiver with life and color. The jesses are off. And the leash. A step, a leap and only the air remains, and that's all that's needed to swoop low and then rise over rooftops and power lines until the world is a circle, and everything within it is game.
August 18, 1998 |
This is the column I never wanted to write, the story I never wanted to tell. I lost my lovely Gerry the other day. I lost the sunshine and roses, all right, the laughter in the other room. I lost the smile that lit up my life. God loved Gerry. Everybody loved Gerry. She never went 40 seconds without smiling in her life. She smiled when she was dying. She smiled at life and all the people in it. When you thought of Gerry, you smiled.
August 18, 1998 |
Columnist Jim Murray, whose keen and stylish observations on life and sports made him one of only four sportswriters to win a Pulitzer Prize, died at his home late Sunday night. He was 78. Death was attributed to cardiac arrest. Since 1961, Murray had entertained and enlightened his readers several times each week, although occasionally sidelined for eye or heart surgery. His quick-witted style and gentle sarcasm became widely imitated but seldom matched.
November 2, 1997 |
This is the centenary year of the coining and first appearance in print of the word "homosexual," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, in which, in my 1965 edition, the word "heterosexual" can be found only in the addenda of new words. In a world where centennials are routinely and arousingly celebrated, why was this centenary ignored (though our Postal Service, perhaps unwittingly, did issue a postage stamp commemorating Thornton Wilder)?
August 2, 1991
I just read Scruton's snobbish treatise on the place of animals in the natural order. Apparently he feels authorized to declare that "animals have no rights" based on his idea that "(a) creature that cannot recognize the rights of others cannot claim rights for itself." Scruton seems to be just such a creature. Of course, he may have to get off his armchair to see that. SHARON ISHII Gardena