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January 28, 2011
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ask Raul Ibanez why he's still able to play major league baseball effectively at an age when so many peers are retired or into coaching, and the Angels' new designated hitter responds with a question: Why not? "I have a 22-year database of pitchers, 22 years of professional experience swinging the bat," Ibanez, 41, said. "I've trained with world-class strength guys, used some of the world's best sports psychologists and physical therapists, and I still have the will and the determination.
January 16, 1986
When President Reagan fired the air controllers early in his first term he sent a message loud and clear to the greedy corporate world that the time was ripe to come down hard and heavy on the working class. The policies of the Reagan Administration are fast proving that all the old cliches about the Republican Party are true. Growing numbers of people believe that the Republican Party is the enemy of the working class and seeks power to protect the wealth of the greedy. The issue of national defense will not carry another Republican to the White House.
September 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Chris Roquemore once thought of himself as working class. But it's hard to keep thinking that, he said, when you're not working. The 28-year-old father said he sparred with his supervisors at a retail chain about taking time off after his mother died - and ended up unemployed. Since then, Roquemore has worked odd jobs and started studying nursing at Long Beach City College, trying to get "a career, not a job. " All those changes, in turn, changed the way he thought of himself. Roquemore is among the small but surging share of Americans who identify themselves as "lower class.
September 5, 1987
What Scott Howard-Cooper failed to point out in his article on soccer was that youth soccer in America is a suburban movement, whereas elsewhere in the world the players are from the working class. I believe that American soccer players will never be able to compete with Europeans and Latin Americans until soccer in America becomes a working-class movement, and Americans forsake the college draft in favor of the apprentice system common in Europe and Latin America. STEVEN KARLIN Los Angeles
January 11, 2004
When I read "Dividend Tax Cut Effect Mixed" (Dec. 29), it struck me that the Republicans have really done it. If you have to work for a living, you may see a small increase in the size of your paycheck. But if you don't have to work for your income, such as receiving dividends, the Republicans make sure that your tax rate is greatly reduced. Masse Bloomfield Canoga Park Business welcomes your letters. Write to Letters to the Business Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; e-mail: bizletters@latimes .com.
June 8, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Bouncers" was his baby. "Shakers" is theirs. The former was John Godber's electric, award-winning paean to working-class machismo in an English nightclub. (It ran for months at the Tiffany Theater in 1986 and 1987.) The latter, by Godber and Jane Thornton, both from Britain, is a cheeky, fast-paced romp with four waitresses in a London pub. It opened at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in March and runs through Sunday.
July 5, 1992
Iam outraged at the few meager inches you give to the working class and unions. And Harry Bernstein's Labor column has now been cut back to every other week. I was told that you did it to cut costs. This is where you have to cut costs--in the paltry few inches devoted to what is the major part of your reading public? The only source where we can learn about the union's side in a strike? Furthermore, why is news about working-class problems in the Business section to begin with?
April 6, 1993 | KIM ALLEN, Kim Allen, a railroad worker, is the Socialist Workers Party's candidate.
What residents of Los Angeles face is a local expression of an economic crisis that is engulfing economies from Germany to Japan, from Mexico to Zaire--it is the crisis of the capitalist system worldwide. It is only in a world framework that we can begin to understand the causes of the problems we face and forge a way forward. There are no local solutions to the ravages of an international system in decline.
September 2, 2001 | HAROLD MEYERSON, Harold Meyerson is executive editor of the American Prospect and political editor of the L.A. Weekly
Nothing so astonishes us--the professional middle class--as a visible working class. To the media (both news and entertainment), to most urban and suburban professionals, workers are like wallpaper: always around us, seldom noticed. When they do emerge from the background, we are amazed: Where did they come from? Were they there all along?
July 3, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
In some ways, Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge” is more conventional than other Miller works.  “Death of a Salesman” and “All My Sons” dealt with the tragic underbelly of the American dream.  “The Crucible” used the setting of the Salem Witch Trials to decry the McCarthy hearings. Those plays ground obvious axes to a razor's edge.  First produced in the mid-1950s, “Bridge” is not as thematically obvious.  However, in its current production at Pacific Resident Theatre, Miller's durable drama retains the power to devastate.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times The play's protagonist, Eddie Carbone (Vince Melocchi)
June 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos" transformed him into one of Hollywood's most prized and respected actors, had little interest in playing white-collar guys with ties. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday in Italy of a heart attack or stroke, was more drawn to blue-collar folks like his working-class parents. Much of his career was about honoring them. “My parents worked hard, were honest, were good people,” he said during a 2004 installment of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio.
June 12, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - With swagger and grand designs, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power more than a decade ago, heralding a new Islamist-based democracy he envisioned as a model for a Muslim world caught in the grip of autocrats, kings and despots. But more than two weeks of protest against Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule have brought a reckoning to a leader who, despite his political astuteness, has miscalculated the fervor from a large part of an electorate opposed to the creeping religious conservatism of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Erdogan is still very much in control, and few would venture that the crisis will bring him down, but the protests have hurt him politically and exposed misgivings within his party.
April 13, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
In a city still reeling from a shooting rampage that killed six and severely injured a congresswoman, contrasting giveaways are being proposed for a handful of its working-class neighborhoods. One would dole out free shotguns to poor adults. Another would hand out free school supplies to needy children. Talk of the gun giveaway has divided residents in the Tucson neighborhoods of Midvale Park, Pueblo Gardens and the Grant-Campbell area. These communities now find themselves thrust in the middle of a nationwide conversation about gun ownership after they were singled out by a fellow Tucson resident as high-crime neighborhoods that he believed could benefit from free firearms.
March 22, 2013 | By the Los Angeles Times editorial board
The mixed verdicts on the six former Bell City Council members might not have offered the clean sweep many residents had hoped for, but they nevertheless served as a welcome confirmation of what everyone already believed to be true: Appalling wrongs were done to the people of Bell. Officials who were supposed to be public servants in the working-class community took too much of the taxpayers' hard-earned money for themselves and nearly ruined the city in the process. It's true that the defendants were acquitted on some charges, and there is still a possibility that all six might be able to avoid prison.
February 19, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
It's amazing, and depressing, when political compromise functions only to throw obstacles in the way of ideas that bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people. Today's example: the long, tortuous road to bringing more retirement security to working-class Californians. In September, the state launched a plan to enable these workers to put aside about 3% of their wages a year for retirement. As enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the program's goals would be modest indeed.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, saying he and other Communists are "guilty before the working class" for their errors in leadership, vowed immediate efforts Thursday to alleviate the country's worsening food crisis. In a wide-ranging speech to a citywide conference of Moscow Communists, Gorbachev, who is also the party's general secretary, said his country, as in World War II, is again in a life-or-death situation.
March 2, 2003 | William Wolman, William Wolman is the co-author, with Anne Colamosca, of "The Great 401(k) Hoax" and is a regular commentator on CNBC.
Three new books provide disturbing insights into how American workers have fared at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. They go far in explaining why, during a long period of American economic hegemony, the real income of the average worker has remained essentially stagnant, while the share of the rich in national wealth has increased to a point at which it can provide satisfaction only for believers in the economic benefits of greed.
February 16, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Testimony in the corruption trial of six former Bell leaders came to a bickering end Friday with a former councilman defending the city's huge salaries as a way to attract Latinos and a prosecutor sarcastically asking him whether he also felt a need for a chauffeur to get around the small, working-class town. Since the trial opened - nearly three years after the city began imploding under the weight of a corruption scandal - the defendants justified their nearly six-figure salaries as fair pay for long hours or as a payday forced upon them by a fearsome administrator.
January 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
Yesenia Rojas, vibrant in her purple shawl, sang with a voice so powerful it rose above the rest of the procession as they shuffled down the damp Anaheim sidewalk. " Era mexicana. Era mexicana, " they sang with a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe hoisted high, candlelight and street lamps illuminating their way. " Madrecita de los mexicanos. " The singsong serenade lauds the patroness, the mother of all Mexicans. On this drizzly evening, Rojas led the group down Anna Drive, where she and her family have made their home.
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