February 15, 2013
Re "Raising the wage floor," Business, Feb. 14 In answer to all who proclaim that raising the minimum wage will devastate small business, I am about to enter my 83rd turn around the sun and have seen it raised more than a few times. Much breast-beating and bellowing about imminent disaster always follows but never happens. Somehow, our economy has and will continue to absorb such modest efforts, admittedly never sufficient for those earning it to live on but somehow enough to mollify the left and infuriate the right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2012 |
Telana Starks was watching her niece play in a sandbox Monday afternoon in Lafayette Park when I asked if she was following the presidential campaign. She said she hadn't really been paying any attention, which was interesting because the candidates haven't been paying any attention to her either. Starks makes about $700 a month as a home healthcare provider and would like to find time for another job and money for college, but she's busy looking after family who need her help. Kathleen O'Malley, whose granddaughter was playing with Starks' niece, said she's working as a dog walker to supplement her Social Security check.
May 20, 2012 |
During the election cycle we tend to ask: What does America mean; where are we going? And then someone decides to check on the Indians to find out the answer, as though Indians represent America's soul hidden in the attic. And of course politicians have long stood next to their "souls" and posed for pictures on the campaign trail. Within the last year, Diane Sawyer and "20/20" did a special on the sorry conditions at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the New Yorker featured a grim photo essay on Pine Ridge too. The New York Times published a piece on brutal crime at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and another on the deep financial problems at Foxwoods, the Pequot-owned "world's largest" casino in Connecticut.
April 11, 2012 |
Massachusetts, you're out. Ohio? Sorry, another loser. In the race for cultural mecca, the winner is: Oregon. That is, Oregon is the winner as far as "The Simpsons” are concerned, according to creator Matt Groening, who told Smithsonian magazine that the real-life home of his fictional characters is the Springfield in the Northwest. It was the first time that Groening had specified the place where almost anything can happen - and seemingly has in the show's 22 years on TV. Groening acknowledged that he has always avoided naming the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2011 |
More than 49 million Americans live in poverty, an increase from previous counts that reflects heavy medical expenses for older people and high housing costs in Western states, especially California, according to new estimates announced Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The estimates, produced by a first-ever experimental recalibration of the federal model of hardship, adds 2.5 million people to the 46.6 million included in the official poverty count for 2010 released in September.
September 16, 2011
Poor policies Re "U.S. poverty totals hit a 50-year high," Sept. 14 Poverty in the United States hits a 50-year high, children are homeless, our educational system is deteriorating and our healthcare is expensive. All this has become possible because power and greed are now the norm. Would it be too much to ask for a CEO to take home a little less pay so he would not have to lay off workers? Would it be too much to ask wealthy individuals and corporations to pay more in taxes?