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September 25, 2001
Jim Cashion's Sept. 7 letter to the Glendale News-Press misrepresented my comments at the recent Oakmont V Draft EIR hearing. By selective reporting of what I said, Cashion created the impression that I said the exact opposite. Mr. Cashion wrote, "Rob Sharkey stated the developer's primary motivation for this project was to make a profit." However, Cashion then added, "What's wrong with that?" and launched into a lengthy defense of the profit motive, ending with claims that "a growing segment of our society" is pushing for "government confiscation of private property."
LOCAL
By Herbert Molano | August 24, 2009
On the health-care debate, whom can you believe, Sarah Palin or Barack Obama? This is no minor issue. The question touches on the dismal state of critical thinking, a condition that tells us that more than health care is in need of significant reform. Listening to Palin’s pitch on the health debate reminds me of the health claims of an elixir salesman in a Western film. The pitchman depicted in those movies sells a liquid that could cure just about anything from gout to intestinal worms.
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By Michael Teahan | October 6, 2010
With so much of the conversation in this election focused on what will make small businesses happy and motivated, I thought it might be valuable to get an entrepreneurial perspective. Not from a chamber of commerce lobbyist, talking head or rich chief executive who forgot what being a small business owner even means — but a real one. I have been a business owner for all but three years of my adult life, as was my father, my mother, four uncles, two aunts and one cousin. Some preach small business.
NEWS
September 13, 2006
Columnist has solid hits as well as misses While reading Dan Kimber's Education Matters column opposing proposed development in the Crescenta Valley ("How much development do we need?" Friday) my head was nodding in rhythmic agreement sentence by sentence. The profit motive is clearly what drives these developers — not community needs. Builder speculation in undeveloped land is risky, builders know this and all businessmen know that profit can never be assumed, and risk should always be. Nod. Nod. Nod. As I read on about the proposed Armenian high school, my nodding head became a rhythmic shaking of disagreement.
NEWS
March 5, 2002
In his column, "It isn't about stupidity, it's about caring" (March 1), Will Rogers summed up the difference between himself and supporters of developments such as Oakmont V with the comment, "It's caring. They don't care. I do." Months, even years, have been spent by thousands of caring area residents, myself included, poring over EIR drafts, working on responses, attending meetings and explaining concerns to officials and neighbors about the project.
NEWS
By DAN KIMBER | October 30, 2009
I asked my students, as I do each Halloween, what scares them these days, and I got the usual answers, with this year’s movie “Paranormal Activity” heading the list. (Most of you 18 or older might want to skip this one). The kids asked me, “What scares you, Mr. Kimber?” and I had a rather different list having long ago conquered my fear of creatures in the dark. It’s more likely, though, that I’ve only substituted different, albeit more tangible, fears for the ones of my youth.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
DAN KIMBER I've done my share of complaining in this space about the present state of education but have tried, for the most part, to keep it balanced. I continue to believe that teaching is a noble profession, but I would also contend that it is historically undervalued considering the vital role that teachers play in the future of this country. In other parts of the world, notably Asia, only God and family are accorded more honor than a teacher. (It comes as no surprise that the Asian students, taken as a whole, are more cooperative and respectful of their teachers than other groups, including home-grown Americans.
NEWS
By Dan Kimber | November 26, 2010
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. Mike Antonovich was the lone dissenting voice on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in voting to ban plastic shopping bags in all markets and convenience stores in unincorporated areas.
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By Michael Teahan | October 6, 2010
With so much of the conversation in this election focused on what will make small businesses happy and motivated, I thought it might be valuable to get an entrepreneurial perspective. Not from a chamber of commerce lobbyist, talking head or rich chief executive who forgot what being a small business owner even means — but a real one. I have been a business owner for all but three years of my adult life, as was my father, my mother, four uncles, two aunts and one cousin. Some preach small business.
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LOCAL
By Herbert Molano | August 24, 2009
On the health-care debate, whom can you believe, Sarah Palin or Barack Obama? This is no minor issue. The question touches on the dismal state of critical thinking, a condition that tells us that more than health care is in need of significant reform. Listening to Palin’s pitch on the health debate reminds me of the health claims of an elixir salesman in a Western film. The pitchman depicted in those movies sells a liquid that could cure just about anything from gout to intestinal worms.
NEWS
September 13, 2006
Columnist has solid hits as well as misses While reading Dan Kimber's Education Matters column opposing proposed development in the Crescenta Valley ("How much development do we need?" Friday) my head was nodding in rhythmic agreement sentence by sentence. The profit motive is clearly what drives these developers — not community needs. Builder speculation in undeveloped land is risky, builders know this and all businessmen know that profit can never be assumed, and risk should always be. Nod. Nod. Nod. As I read on about the proposed Armenian high school, my nodding head became a rhythmic shaking of disagreement.
NEWS
September 25, 2001
Jim Cashion's Sept. 7 letter to the Glendale News-Press misrepresented my comments at the recent Oakmont V Draft EIR hearing. By selective reporting of what I said, Cashion created the impression that I said the exact opposite. Mr. Cashion wrote, "Rob Sharkey stated the developer's primary motivation for this project was to make a profit." However, Cashion then added, "What's wrong with that?" and launched into a lengthy defense of the profit motive, ending with claims that "a growing segment of our society" is pushing for "government confiscation of private property."
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