July 15, 2010 |
The economic effects of the Great Recession have been easy to see: a stock market crash, a sickening drop in home values and household wealth, and the throbbing pain of persistent unemployment. But a deep recession does more than economic damage. When short-term unemployment turns into long-term unemployment, as it has in this recession to a level unseen since the 1930s, rates of depression (the psychiatric kind) increase, anxiety rises and behavior changes in ways both expected and unexpected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2003 |
Forget about "bowling alone" -- a phrase that reflects political scientist Robert D. Putnam's observation that you can measure America's weakening sense of community by the decline in bowling leagues. In Costa Mesa, you can't bowl at all. The city's last bowling alley -- the landmark Kona Lanes, sporting a neon Tiki marquee outside and 40 wood-floor alleys inside -- quietly closed after 45 years of strikes, spares and splits.
October 17, 2010 |
The most rapidly growing religious category today is composed of those Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. While middle-aged and older Americans continue to embrace organized religion, rapidly increasing numbers of young people are rejecting it. As recently as 1990, all but 7% of Americans claimed a religious affiliation, a figure that had held constant for decades. Today, 17% of Americans say they have no religion, and these new "nones" are very heavily concentrated among Americans who have come of age since 1990.
January 20, 1996 |
The White House hope was that President Clinton would stride to the podium for his State of the Union Address on Tuesday with a fresh victory on a budget deal, providing a big reason for voters to give him a second term.
November 5, 2000 |
If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfullest scene and show, 'Twould not be you, Niagara; nor you, ye limitless prairies; nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado; Nor you, Yosemite . . . I'd name--the still small voice vibrating--America's choosing day . . . Texas to Maine--the prairie states--Vermont, Virginia, California, The final ballot-shower from East to West.
June 27, 2000 |
Robert D. Putnam has a cure for what ails American society--three cures, actually: new rules to let working parents spend more time with their families; more extracurricular activities at school; and more groups, from Rotary Clubs to amateur brass bands, to get folks out from behind their computer screens. Putnam, a Harvard political scientist, believes he has identified a central crisis of our time--the decline of group activity.