June 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich has thrown himself into a latest cause: Support of hunger-striking postal employees who oppose cuts to the Postal Service. The congressman from Ohio played host on Monday to postal carriers, mail handlers and others outside the Capitol, pledging he would vote against efforts to shutter post offices and cut employee benefits as Congress seeks to close budget shortfalls in beleaguered postal operations. “There's been an effort to dismantle the Postal Service,” Kucinich said at the morning gathering.
December 21, 2011 |
The Postal Service may be fading away, but I have a memory of it and one of its employees that will never be marked "Return to Sender. " This was an incident from the late 1960s, an era of economic anxiety, fear and xenophobia. My father, who immigrated to the United States from Israel in 1962, had a spirit that was buoyed by patriotic participation in baseball, voting and his excitement about mailing a letter to a friend with a new stamp. He got a little confused one day, however, when he brought home a batch of green trading stamps after a shopping spree for his favorite things — automotive parts.
January 20, 2011 |
After three years of brutal recession and tepid recovery, the outlook for the U.S. economy this year may boil down to a tale of three workers and their families ? their hopes, fears and, most of all, their decisions on spending the money they earn. For now, they seem to be getting their spending mojo back. But they are moving forward with a new caution, a hard-earned sense that events could quickly turn for the worse and they'd better be prepared. In an economy that relies on consumer spending for 70% of the nation's gross domestic product, nothing really matters as much as what the 90% of U.S. workers with jobs decide to do with their money ?
November 30, 2010 |
President Obama's proposal on Monday to freeze federal workers' pay was an unexpected announcement that represented the first in a series of White House moves to seize the initiative from Republicans on the economy. The preemptive move was timed to precede a White House meeting Tuesday with congressional leaders on the subject of expiring George W. Bush-era tax cuts, and came just days before a final report from Obama's fiscal commission on how to shrink the federal deficit. "The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice," Obama said from the White House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2010 |
A federal judge on Monday approved a $750,000 settlement for a 13-year-old girl whose father was shot and killed by Inglewood police officers in 2008. The death of 38-year-old Kevin Wicks, a postal worker, sparked protests and criticism of the department at the time because the officer who fired the shots had been involved in a fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect two months earlier and had been allowed to return to duty. That officer, Brian Ragan, is no longer employed by the department, said Lt. Oscar Serrano, a police spokesman.
May 21, 2010 |
"Looking for Eric," the wonderfully wry new film from British director Ken Loach, is a melancholy comedy about wins and losses in soccer, life and love, and the power of a few pals, a few pints and the esoteric musings of a French footballing superstar to carry you through. Set in working-class Manchester where the accents are so thick you may long for subtitles, there are two Erics that circumstance has backed into the same contemplative corner — soccer sensation Eric Cantona playing a ruminating, newly retired version of himself, and Eric Bishop (Steve Evets)