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December 9, 1992 | JEFFREY LANTOS, Jeffrey Lantos is a Los Angeles schoolteacher
The public school system is sinking, and I'm clinging to the wreckage. I'm a sixth-grade teacher in a district that can meet its payroll only by lopping 12% off our salaries. This cut will cause some teachers to lose their homes and cars. A strike looms in February unless $300 million can be found. Where will it come from? Will there be an 11th hour bailout? Uncertainty clouds the air.
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April 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama shifted sharply toward his reelection campaign Tuesday, criticizing Republicans for trying to "impose a radical vision on our country" that would reward the very rich while slashing programs that benefit the middle class. For months, Obama and his top advisors have been laying the groundwork for a campaign that would seek to tie the eventual GOP nominee to congressional Republicans, who have become deeply unpopular with a majority of voters, according to repeated polls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1994 | ROGER BOESCHE, Roger Boesche is professor of politics at Occidental College.
Nearly three decades ago, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty, a strong majority of Americans believed that poverty was neither necessary nor inevitable. Nearly everyone had a program to end poverty. Now we have discarded the War on Poverty for a war against the poor. We assume--with virtually no public discussion--that the poor and the homeless will always be with us.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1994 | ROGER BOESCHE, Roger Boesche is professor of politics at Occidental College.
Nearly three decades ago, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty, a strong majority of Americans believed that poverty was neither necessary nor inevitable. Nearly everyone had a program to end poverty. Now we have discarded the War on Poverty for a war against the poor. We assume--with virtually no public discussion--that the poor and the homeless will always be with us.
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April 16, 1991 | BETTYANN KEVLES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Kevles, a regular book reviewer for View, wrote the biography of Darwin for the most recent edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. and
In 1978, three years after the publication of "Sociobiology: The New Synthesis," its author, Edward O. Wilson, was confronted at a meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) by a host of agitators, one of whom poured ice water over Wilson's head. Sociobiology, needless to say, had polarized a large part of American biology. But the British welcomed Wilson's hypotheses about the way biological factors determine behavior in species as diverse as bees and elephants.
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April 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama shifted sharply toward his reelection campaign Tuesday, criticizing Republicans for trying to "impose a radical vision on our country" that would reward the very rich while slashing programs that benefit the middle class. For months, Obama and his top advisors have been laying the groundwork for a campaign that would seek to tie the eventual GOP nominee to congressional Republicans, who have become deeply unpopular with a majority of voters, according to repeated polls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1992
I really must object to the characterization of the Libertarian Party in your Decision '92 section (Oct. 25) as promoting "a synthesis of social Darwinism. . . ." The Libertarian Party clearly takes a position in opposition to contemporary social Darwinism, which manifests itself through well-organized political minorities, who, by marshalling 218 congressmen or 54 Assemblymen, can and do engage in the systematic plunder of the taxpayer. You ignored the emphasis, clearly seen in the Libertarian Party's Statement of Principles, of the principle of voluntary action in society and the eschewing of coercion.
OPINION
February 27, 2006
Wal-Mart's willingness to upgrade the healthcare it offers to workers (Feb. 24) demonstrates the value of activism by people of conscience. The executives at corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., are hearing and responding to all of the boycotts. No doubt the threat of legislation also resulted in a wake-up call to the world's largest retailer. Capitalism works best for everyone when it exists in a civil society that values fairness. Wal-Mart's new healthcare policy is a small demonstration of one way responsible activism can temper the social Darwinism of unfettered capitalism that results in a few winners and plenty of losers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1985
Hardin's proposition that feeding the world's hungry makes world hunger worse not only flies in the face of massive evidence to the contrary but is a shocking return to a thoroughly discredited social Darwinism, and a chilling evidence that people still parade their selfishness as a virtue. Charles Dickens' Scrooge couldn't have said it better: "Let them die and decrease the surplus population." Countless studies of population and hunger for half a century have demonstrated that fertility rates always increase where there is starvation; prosperous nations have the lowest birth figures.
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November 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
Adam and Eve may have been created in "some other form" than human and it is possible that the first living creature was a "lower animal," Cardinal John O'Connor has told worshipers at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The sermon last Sunday by the head of the New York archdiocese came a month after Pope John Paul II said the theory of evolution was "more than just a hypothesis."
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December 9, 1992 | JEFFREY LANTOS, Jeffrey Lantos is a Los Angeles schoolteacher
The public school system is sinking, and I'm clinging to the wreckage. I'm a sixth-grade teacher in a district that can meet its payroll only by lopping 12% off our salaries. This cut will cause some teachers to lose their homes and cars. A strike looms in February unless $300 million can be found. Where will it come from? Will there be an 11th hour bailout? Uncertainty clouds the air.
NEWS
April 16, 1991 | BETTYANN KEVLES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Kevles, a regular book reviewer for View, wrote the biography of Darwin for the most recent edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. and
In 1978, three years after the publication of "Sociobiology: The New Synthesis," its author, Edward O. Wilson, was confronted at a meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) by a host of agitators, one of whom poured ice water over Wilson's head. Sociobiology, needless to say, had polarized a large part of American biology. But the British welcomed Wilson's hypotheses about the way biological factors determine behavior in species as diverse as bees and elephants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1992
I found it fascinating reading Lantos' column. Here is a teacher looking for politicians to help, which I gather means raising taxes on all of us, while not having the inclination to try to change the system that he deems himself trapped in. He throws out the standard line that teachers in the district will lose their homes, etc., to the banks and collection agencies due to less pay. Still not content, he then takes a slap at Proposition 13 for its...
OPINION
August 4, 2005
It seems that " 'Intelligent Design' Gets Bush's Nod" (Aug. 2). This is the theory that the world was created by an "intelligent designer," i.e., God. Mark Twain is credited with saying that "the devil created the world the second God wasn't looking." I wonder if our fundamentalist friends would approve of the teaching of the demonic design theory? KEVIN B. POWELL Long Beach Intelligent design is a matter of faith, not a matter of science. Therefore, it belongs squarely taught in religious education classes, not in science or other academic classes (save historical or cultural studies)
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