Op-Ed articles

Win and Lose

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN This is a cautionary and illuminating tale of pitfalls and promise in two prominently Armenian parts of the planet. The King-Gillette Ranch, north of the of the Santa Monica Bay and south of the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area, most recently owned by Soka University, is now public parkland.

SiCKO

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN That’s the title of Michael Moore’s new movie that you’ve got to see. It’s also a good way to describe four antiheroes we’ll discuss in a minute, one of whose future doings must be tracked. It’s also what you’ll be if you don’t see the movie! Yup, Moore’s healthcare movie is vintage

As I Live and Breathe

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN The old time exclamation serving as the title is evocative of what we humans do. We live by breathing, drinking, eating, and eliminating waste. But so do all other living things, in one way or another. We should really remember how interconnected we are with the biosphere of this planet. We forget

More Good News

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN Two weeks in a row with positive things to say. I’m starting to feel like a cheerleader– a narcissistic cheerleader at that, with this and other references to my own spoutings. But fair’s fair, things aren’t all bad. On June 20, LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, hosted the opening of an exhibit

Unspeakables… & Good News

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN I’ll abide by the “lav, pav, tzav” (OK, enough, pain) admonition applied by generations of Armenian parents. I’m going to have to mention a topic that just 15-20 years ago I would have come close to sneering at the existence of in our community. The third incidence of this unmentionable actually arose

So Many Lessons

By Garen Yegparian I really hope this’ll be the last election related piece for a while. Three back to back on the same topic can become boring. But–it’s necessary. The Armenian community is savoring a sweet victory right now. Paul Krekorian has won the Democratic Party nomination in the 43rd Assembly District of California–which houses

EIs: On the March Again

By Garen Yegparian It’s election time again and our good buddies–the Electoral Idiots (EIs) have ventured forth anew to wreak political ruin for our community. This time around the stakes are higher–not just city council seats–but a State Assembly seat; in California; one of only 80; governing some 36 million people–almost 12.5% of the US

Irritants III

By Garen Yegparian OK–this week–let’s just have some fun. It’s been a year and a half since I went on a whining spree and there are weighty issues coming next week. As I quoted before–Jean Paul Sartre said–"Hell is other people," and boy was/is he right! You go to the grocery market–and they’ve got "cluster

We’re All Immigran’s

By Garen Yegparian Unless you’re living in Africa and have for hundreds of millennia–you’re an immigrant- that according to the current scientific understanding of where our species arose. Then we spread from that continent to others–a phenomenon now described by the words emigration and immigration. It seems that extremist elemen’s in American society want to

Glimmers

By Garen Yegparian We may be making progress–minor and mixed though it might be. I’m referring to participation in this year’s commemorative activities–of course. Last year–I’d observed that being a multiple-of-ten year seemed to have helped turnout. Without that reason–numbers in two key places were up this year. Others were less inspiring. In Burbank–the ANC

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