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So where are the jobs? We’re seeing organized demands for jobs across the country and in our own backyard. Discontent is a theme that’s not unfamiliar at Town Hall Los Angeles – whether expressed by speakers who grace our podium or protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. The free expression of displeasure is one of the joys of the American way of things. Jobs and the U.S. economy – hot topic. Don’t miss the senior senator from California, the Honorable Dianne Feinstein, as she speaks on jobs and the economy next Wednesday, Oct. 26. Mr.

I've been going over some of the remarkable Town Hall Los Angeles files, and was struck by how the same issues come up over and over and over and over and over. Here are a few, the latest from a speech 30 years ago - and I'll update with more current ones in the next post. I think you will chuckle as I did. Jon Goodman, President

“When we find a people spending more on old age pensions than in educating our youth, we have a civilization that is bankrupt."
Dr. Fredric P. Woellner
Professor of Education
UCLA
October 28, 1940

"This year, more than in any election year in modern memory, Americans are examining their deepest dissatisfactions. Beyond the crackle of gunfire half a world away, beyond the cries of men too long denied their dignity at home - beyond all this is the quiet crisis of the American spirit; the sense that we have lost that personal commitment and personal control which is at the heart of the American experience." Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy - April 19, 1968

Town Hall has developed an extraordinary opportunity for you. We live in one of the most remarkable cities in the world - a sophisticated megalopolis in a seductive physical setting. As we have gotten to know more of our members, we have responded to their interests and curiosity and discovered that the name "Town Hall" opened doors for members-only tours.
 

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted today to expand top-level domains – those letters that follow the “dot” – to virtually anything and in virtually any language. Of course, like so many things these days, it will cost money ($185,000). A minor thing, perhaps, but this brings new meaning to “the good old days.” I once thought “old” meant that you could remember when there wasn’t color TV, or when there were only four outcomes when you called someone: no one answered, the line was busy, you got the person you were calling or you left a message.

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