Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Well-Educated Rabble

What happens to a dream deferred? Langston Hughes said it explodes. That might explain the noise coming from the education bubble bursting all around us. Like the sounds inside Portland’s old Marshall High School auditorium a week ago. “You should all be ashamed for recommending this pile of crap!” shrieked a Beaverton woman who identified […]

The Mice That Didn’t Roar

October is the season of Santa Ana winds, which blow hot and dry through Southern California, making people jittery. “Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks,” wrote Raymond Chandler, in one of his most famous lines. The Santa Anas must not push the meek little wives too […]

‘Won’t Back Down’ Wimps Out

Years ago when I was a newspaper reporter in San Bernardino, Calif., I covered a story at one of the city’s high schools and needed to use the girls lavatory. Inside the restroom, I found that the stall doors to all of the toilets had been removed. There was no privacy. What happened, I asked […]