REMEMBERING DIGBY DIEHL Thanks to Mary Reinholz for her fond tribute to author and critic Digby Diehl. He was an important literary figure in Los Angeles and I met him a couple of times through the aegis of the late publicist-turned-author Peter J. Levinson. At the lamented Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, I found Diehl gracious and unassuming, and happy to speak of jobs and triumphs long ago. Reinholz neglected to mention Diehl’s work for the short-lived Hearst magazine (1968-1969) Eye. He penned the Los Angeles notes to the monthly roundup of newsy items called “The Electric Last Minute” on...Read More
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MEAT TAX With Congressional Republicans rushing to place a new tax bill on President Trump’s desk before Christmas, here comes the respected British publication The Guardian suggesting a new source of tax revenue — meat. Yes, a tax on meat, to beat the health and climate crises. The concept is hardly radical. We already pay taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sugary sodas, plastic bags and other consumables that afflict the public health and incur other social costs. The revenue would reimburse Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs for treating victims of chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively...Read More
NOT FAIR After reading the change in Arcadia article, while there are some points about certain groups it is not an entirely full picture. There is also a population of taxpaying and hard-working second-generation families, such as my wife and me. Her family fled Vietnam in the late ’70s. And my family came from Taiwan. We are both college graduates and decided to buy our home in Arcadia. We make mortgage payments and try to be active and involved in our children’s education. My wife and I can speak the native languages of our families, but that isn’t always...Read More
A HUMAN RIGHT We cannot be reminded often enough that, in addition to Medicaid, it has been the Republican priority to either privatize or eliminate altogether Medicare, Social Security and public education since their inception. Regarding public education, that goal is being realized in the form of tax revenue intended for public education increasingly being diverted to charter schools: outsourced, privatized, corporate entities, often religious, often with disproportionately excessive executive pay. Is there another developed nation on the planet that tests its citizens for the quality of health care services? Is it not entirely immoral that the least empowered...Read More
HELP ANIMAL FIRE VICTIMS As wildfires continue to rage, let’s not forget that humans aren’t the only ones who are suffering. Animals’ homes are being destroyed, too. Once the smoke clears, this means that coyotes, cougars, deer, bobcats, raccoons, and other animals will likely be venturing into residential areas in desperate search of food, water and shelter. Please be patient with these animals and treat them with respect and compassion. Some of them have lost their homes and families. They may be confused, burned, hungry and dehydrated. In the first days after the fire, consider leaving water out for...Read More
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