Feb. 18, 2011 buzz: Rabbi Marvin Hier on anti-Semitic slurs and author Susan Patron on saving L.A.'s libraries
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Journalist Helen Thomas. Hollywood director Oliver Stone. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. They are among those on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2010 "Top 10 Anti-Semitic Slurs" list, which Rabbi Marvin Hier wrote about for Friday's Opinion pages. "Taken together," he writes, "the comments suggest that a bold new kind of anti-Semitism is emerging around the world."
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Elsewhere in our pages, we've been ramping up for the March 8 election with endorsements and a voter guide. On Friday, author Susan Patron added her opinion to the conversation around Measure L (libraries). She writes: "The library's budget is only 2% of the total city budget. In the past two years, the library force has been reduced by 28%. The book budget has shrunk to $1.70 per capita, versus a national average of $4.20. This is shameful. Measure L can change it."
--Alexandra Le Tellier