January 21, 2004 |
The president of the United States, wrote Henry Adams, the most brilliant of American historians, "resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek." The Constitution awards presidents the helm, but creative presidents must possess and communicate the direction in which they propose to take the country. The port they seek is what the first President Bush dismissively called "the vision thing."
March 23, 2003 |
This is Bush's war. That's not a statement of contempt. In 1999, congressional Republicans did express a certain contempt when they called the NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo "Clinton's war." Meaning, it's his war. It's not our war. But to call the campaign in Iraq "Bush's war" is a statement of political fact. President Bush has made this war his personal cause. He has staked his entire presidency on it. A triumph in Iraq will be his triumph. It will give him the political capital to do anything he wants -- dividend tax cuts, Medicare reform, anything.
October 27, 2002 |
The Los Angeles River's concrete-lined channels can summon bleak images, whether it's a bystander being swept away in floodwaters on the local news or a liquid-metal shape-shifter hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." But the southeast Los Angeles city of Paramount is offering a different perspective with a rainbow of three murals painted on the river's levees during the past three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2001 |
Oxnard optometrists are set to launch a program next month for kindergarten and preschool students, providing eye exams designed to catch and correct vision problems before they hinder school performance. Using Proposition 10 tobacco tax money, the eye doctors are working with Oxnard school district officials to set up a vision clinic at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in the city's La Colonia neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2001
Re "Lockheed Wins Fighter Contract," Oct. 27: With the awarding of $200 billion to Lockheed for a next-generation fighter plane, I am now certain that we do not understand the world in which we are now living. All of the talk about the war on terrorism being a new kind of war is just that, talk. If we were truly serious about defense in this country, we'd spend whatever it takes to wean ourselves off our deadly dependence on oil instead of stocking up on conventional weapons. Imagine the benefits to the economy and national security if that $200 billion were applied to developing alternate fuels or building efficient rapid transit systems in cities like LA. Seems like we're still suffering from "that vision thing."
September 2, 2001 |
It is difficult to decide whether Zachary Karabell, author of "A Visionary Nation," should be applauded for audacity or faulted for foolhardiness. The great scope of his undertaking, proclaimed in the subtitle "Four Centuries of American Dreams and What Lies Ahead," would be enough to deter the boldest of thinkers. But Karabell, identified on the book jacket as having a doctorate in history from Harvard University, plunges ahead. Karabell is surely no historian in the usual sense.