COMMENTARY: College Benefits Go Beyond Money
Every fall, just before classes begin, we at UCLA send thousands of our new students out to volunteer projects at schools, parks and community centers across Los Angeles. It's a massive effort that serves our city and sets the tone for their experience.
COMMENTARY: U.S. Takes Wasteful Approach to Detaining Immigrants
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released "several hundred" immigrants from detention facilities across the United States late last month in an effort to stay within its budget amid "fiscal uncertainty" related to the so-called sequester.
COMMENTARY: Lift Veil of Secrecy on Drone Policy
From Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, we learned that the Obama administration is "struggling" with how to provide more information on its so-called targeted killing program; that senior officials have "talked about a greater need for transparency" about the program; and that we "will hear the president speak about this" in the future.
COMMENTARY: U.S. Shouldn't Skimp on Mental Health Funding
A 14-year-old with large brown eyes and tightly cropped hair told me a few weeks ago that voices were telling him to kill people.
COMMENTARY: Stop letting political parties draw election maps
Both Republicans and Democrats regularly exhibit such greed and dishonesty in manipulating electoral maps that a Columbia University expert who studies the practice likened his work to that of an anthropologist who observes cannibals.
COMMENTARY: Catholic adherence to dogma helps all
The Catholic Church is no stranger to criticism from those who disagree with its teachings, but the petition posted recently on the White House website to label the church a "hate group" is beyond the pale, even in an age when an aggressive secularism seeks to marginalize the influence of religious belief.
COMMENTARY: How Bucket Shops Lured the Masses Into the Stock Market
Today, more than half of American families own stock, up from about 5 percent at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, investors today can place trades instantly from almost anywhere.
COMMENTARY: No Kidding, Biden Deserves Some Respect
For a 70-year-old man, Vice President Joe Biden sure spends an awful lot of time winning the Internet. No other living politician has quite the same ratio of words spoken to memes inspired.
COMMENTARY: To a Family in Iraq, I Owe a Debt I Can't Repay
I wired $1,000 to a woman in Iraq on New Year's Eve. I sent it to repay part of a debt that I, and my country, will always owe.
COMMENTARY: Debunking Nine Myths of the Gun-Control Debate
So many myths and misunderstandings about gun control, from all sides of the debate, and so little time! Here goes:
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