November 12, 2010
Another calamity in Haiti Re "Haiti once again at disaster's brink," Nov. 10 It appears that the world doesn't understand the adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. " After the disastrous earthquake hit, there was an outpouring of contributions from Americans and people all over the world to help the Haitian people rebuild. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush went to Haiti to help lead the efforts. It appears somewhere along the line, the world just forgot about Haiti.
May 2, 2013 |
The retirement plans of more and more Americans are about as connected to reality as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Grim is exactly what it is going to be for these folks when, in their 70s, their 401(k)s have petered out, they have no pensions and no income except what they get from the tottering Social Security system. Financial experts drone on about how today's younger couples need to be tucking away an ample share of their paychecks into 401(k) plans in order to avert a destitute old age. It's easy for them to scold.
January 21, 2007 |
More than 80,000 people gathered for an anti-capitalism conference in Nairobi, marching from Kibera, its largest slum, to the downtown area in a protest of global policies they say hurt the poor. In Nairobi, Kenya's capital, at least 700,000 people live in Kibera, just one square mile, with little access to running water and other basic services. Organizers of the World Social Forum set up the march to contrast the slum with Nairobi's elegant homes and hotels.
January 13, 2014 |
Poorer Americans suffered bigger blows than richer ones as the housing market fizzled during the Great Recession, causing wealth inequality to surge for the first time since the 1980s, a new report finds. During the recession, tumbling values in the housing market “increased wealth inequality because houses are the main asset of less advantaged groups,” reported the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Unlike the very rich, who held more of their wealth in stocks or businesses, poor and middle-class Americans banked more heavily on housing.
November 7, 2013 |
"Ender's Game" may not be the best-executed adaptation in the history of moviedom. But it's based on a major bestseller and a longtime fan favorite, so by all rights it should have made a boatload of money instead of eking out $28 million on its first weekend and going quietly into that dystopian night. It's hardly alone, of course. Why the young-adult boom has gone bust has been a hot topic in development circles in recent weeks. There are rarely the kind of feeding frenzies in Hollywood of the kind that followed the first "Harry Potter" movies (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the first “Twilight” movie)
August 13, 2000 |
Southern California has had more than its share of boom times, but right now the economy is doing better than ever. The region, stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Mexican border, has a real chance to emerge in this decade as the most vital area in the world, measured in jobs, global importance and technological edge. It could blow those opportunities, to be sure--the region is hardly bulletproof.
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August 23, 1999 |
I have been writing, lecturing and testifying against the gift and estate taxes--so-called death tax--for many years. My work has been credited with getting the current anti-death tax movement started. I have nonetheless been as shocked as anyone that politicians actually seem to have listened. We now stand at a moment when the death tax may be altogether eliminated, as the recent House tax cut bill would do, or reduced, as even Democratic compromises now propose.
April 12, 2005 |
Thousands of villagers rioted in eastern China, injuring dozens of police, after two of about 200 elderly women protesting factory pollution died during efforts to disperse them, residents and officials said. The rioting Sunday in Huankantou village in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang was the latest in a string of outbreaks of rural violence as the world's most populous nation confronts a widening wealth gap and widespread corruption.
October 13, 2013
Re "Dad is helping out more; Mom is still exhausted," Oct. 9 I am proud to be the wife of a husband who has never "helped" me with child care and housework. Instead, my husband and I have lovingly "shared" these responsibilities. Until we change our choice of verbs, child care and housework will continue to be the job of women. Judith Seki San Gabriel ALSO: Letters: Closing the wealth gap Letters: Yom Kippur War in context Letters: Another view of e-cigarettes