Blowback archive

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Healthcare: An emergency care mandate isn't enough

The real cost of healthcare

Recycle -- but don't tax -- plastic bags

What must be done before repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'

Jane Harman: My voting record isn't anti-immigration

KPFK prospers as it reflects the chaos of American society

Israel glorifies its own murderers

Charter schools: an antidote to one-size-fits-all education

Education magic bullets are often blanks

Haven't found that software glitch, Toyota? Keep trying

Cutting California from 'Race to the Top' is bad for the country

Why gun-control activists are targeting Starbucks

A high-speed rail system that wouldn't serve Californians

The Times gets a wrong number

Unfairly throwing the book at the 'Irvine 11'

What L.A.'s firefighters have already given up

Desecrating a Muslim cemetery with a Center for Human Dignity

Keep California's courts open

Family over foster care is still a priority in L.A. County

Pasadena's arts-friendly reputation is undeserved

Stop L.A. Unified's 'charterization'

D.A.R.E. generation wants marijuana legalized

An L.A.-N.Y. unity? Fuggehdaboutit

Give wild horses their land back

California is free to make its own drug laws

Reid flap shows the need for a conversation on race

Doctor's prison sentence isn't a sea change for cyclists

Outrageous pay on Wall Street? Tax 'em

You can have your gods, and I can have mine

Why tarmac delay rules are bad for airline passengers

The hypocrisy of American bluster toward Iran

International law is clear: Israeli settlements are illegal

Who's watching charter schools

If Ecuador wants free trade with the U.S., it should earn it

America's pointless gun fight

The ignorance behind anti-nuclear bias

No-fishing zones: a draconian conservation measure

What's really at issue in the Koreatown-Little Bangladesh dispute

Misrepresenting the ideology of Islamic terrorists

Villaraigosa is no Hahn holdover

A constitutional convention isn't the only route to reform

Call Polanski's crime what it was: rape

L.A. County's challenge: delivering swine flu vaccine effectively

Why Armenians cannot 'get past' the genocide

My mother and sister, prisoners of China's Communist Party

So many rail agencies, so little service

UC's Wall Street management style

What ails L.A County foster care -- and what doesn't

Why 33% renewables by 2020 may be impossible

The racism of marijuana prohibition

A one-house Legislature is a recipe for more mischief