Opinon articles

Thanks But And

By Garen Yegparian My expression of appreciation to my readers is long past due. I’m finally convinced you actually exist. Thanks to those intermediaries (editors–mutual friends–others) who tell what you think of what I write. Even more thanks to those who engage me personally–telling me how wrong I am or just challenging what I’ve written.

Common Sense Prevailing?

Garen Yegparian The news is good again from South America. Evo Morales has won Bolivia’s presidential election. Just a few weeks ago–supporters of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez swept legislative elections there after the US-supported (controlled/dominated?) opposition boycotted the election in "protest" upon realizing they stood no chance. This makes a handful of South American countries now

Here We Go Again

By Garen Yegparian The dust hasn’t settled from the last batch–nor have bruised egos recovered–and certainly lessons haven’t been learned–or at least fully absorbed–and guess what–there are more voter initiatives on California’s horizon. Those living in other states might be smirking broadly–thinking–"There go the kooks again." But–guess what–given that California’s a political trendsetter–this is their


By Garen Yegparian No–don’t worry–we’ve not had a proliferation of genocidal states across the globe–just humans behaving more like fowl. Let’s start with "Sharon to? Form a Centrist Party? ." That’s Israel’s Ariel–Arik to his buddies. The LA Times does not indicate if ‘centrists’ Genghis–Talaat–Hitler–Enver–Mussolini–Khomeini–Attila–and a host of similarly genial folk will be joining the

Abundant Absurdity

By Garen Yegparian Sometimes it pays to fall behind in your reading. This way–as you catch up–scanning in one sitting what might otherwise be scattered across weeks and months–you notice patterns more easily. In this case–I noticed an abundance of absurdity. So–I thought I’d share. Some wacko Turk is suing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (or

Proposition This

By Garen Yegparian Just when you thought it was safe to walk past your neighborhood polling place–it’s back–another election–courtesy of The Governator–Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. A state–California (for those hiding under a rock cowering in fear of elections) with serious budget problems is blowing a few dozen millions of dollars on an election–instead of waiting another

What a Difference a Decade Makes: Some comments on Garen Yegparian’s article published in on October 22 2005.

By Raffy Arzouhaldjian While I agreed with some of Garen Yegparian’s suggested means of prolonging our identity in the diaspora by owning our heritage and celebrating our diversity–I had a hard time understanding the logical link in the two statemen’s of the following sentence: "For us to reunite on our ancestral lands–we must remain WE."

One Sided Bargain?

By Garen Yegparian In a deal–agreement–or contract–everyone expects all parties to keep up their end of the bargain–right? Assuming you said yes–I’ll presume you agree that the same holds for the social contract of which Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote. I lay no claim to having studied his writings–but the term is very evocative. The individual has

G_d?s Wrath*

By Garen Yegparian Earthquakes–tsunamis–hurricanes–floods–and high gas prices- all increasing in frequency? See what we have wrought? We have angered the Almighty by transgressing against His laws. And now we are reaping the whirlwind of G_d’s wrath. We have despoiled and degraded Creation. Water and air–intelligently designed to sustain us–now poison us. The land–where it has

First Sierra Summit

By Garen Yegparian Last weekend was quite an experience as I attended the first ever convention-expo organized by the Sierra Club. The first of its four components was organizational. The Sierra Club priority setting was conducted by consulting with some 700 delegates gathered from around the country. Ultimately–energy issues became the top priority with liveable