Doug McIntyre


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Doug McIntyre

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  • Memorial Day

    The last half-measure of our devotion: Doug McIntyre

    Memorial Day is a grim holiday. It’s a secular Good Friday, a day to commemorate those who died for our sins, the soldiers who gave the last full measure of their devotion. Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates all who have served. Memorial Day is a magnitude greater.We’ve lost a lot of soldiers since 1775. We still lose soldiers, not quite every day like a few years back, but one by one or sometimes in twos and fours. We don’t...

  • Prisons

    California has the Ivy League of state prisons: Doug McIntyre

    You’ve been robbed. Cleaned out. I’m not talking about the epidemic of “knock-knock” burglaries in the San Fernando Valley. I’m talking about the paycheck-to-paycheck siphoning of your hard-earned money to pay off political debts to the very people charged with keeping the regular criminals from robbing you blind.I’m talking about the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the highest paid guards in the country.Last...

  • News

    Saying goodbye to a father whose actions spoke louder than words

    The phone rang. Area code 517. Haslett, Michigan. I knew.It was 8:30 p.m. in Haslett, too late for anyone to call with idle chatter. This was THE call. My father was dead.Robert McIntyre lived 85 years. He lived longer than his father, Charlie, his brother Doug or his oldest son, Jeff. He lived longer than any other male McIntyre. He had a long life and a good life. But his last years were difficult, with illness sapping his engagement with the world.

  • Riots

    It shouldn’t take a riot to bring needed reforms: Doug McIntyre

    At the time it was shocking — soldiers on the streets of my town! Two California National Guardsmen, weapons slung over their shoulders, Humvee idling at the curb, waiting their turn at the Wells Fargo ATM across the street from my apartment. I wouldn’t think twice about it today, but on that day, May 1, 1992, my town was burning.Mayday, indeed.This is the 25th anniversary of those horrible days of rage known as the L.A. riots, an orgy of murder and mayhem...

  • Jazz

    Jammin’ at the Gibbs house: Doug McIntyre

    Just after New Year’s Day in 2016, Gerry Gibbs dropped by to see his famous father. Nothing unusual about that. Lot’s of sons come to see their dads to kick off a new year even if their father’s aren’t famous jazz musicians. What made this visit particularly memorable was who and what Gerry brought with him; his drum kit, pianist John Campbell and bassist, Mike Gurrola.Terry Gibbs, 92-year old vibraphone master, picks up the story.“My son...

  • Politics

    McIntyre: LA seeks sanctuary from rule of law

    “Exactly what is a sanctuary city?”That’s what L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck want to know. “We’re looking for clarification,” Chief Beck said.The mayor and chief went to Washington last week to knock on the door of President Trump’s director of Homeland Security, John F. Kelley. After the closed-door meeting, Dave Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security, said the department...

  • Executive branch

    It’s about to get even lonelier at the top of Trump Tower: Doug McIntyre

    Well, that didn’t take long. Just about two months.At noon on Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. On Friday, March 24, his administration was officially placed on life support.It’s hard to believe it’s only been two months. Trump years are shaping up to be like dog years, with one day equal to seven normal ones.The last president who found himself in this much trouble this early in his term was...

  • News

    Creating a scraped knee-free childhood: Doug McIntyre

    “Tag, you’re it!”What kid hasn’t simultaneously relished and reviled the title, fleeting though it may be, of “it.” Before we are “Mr.” or “Ms.,” “Sir” or “Senator,” we’re literally tagged “it” by our peers. Being “it” in a game of tag on a school playground instantly thrusts even the shyest wallflower into the brightest spotlight in all of...

  • Voting

    The mourning after another low voter turnout in LA: Doug McIntyre

    Election Day in Los Angeles happened to coincide with National Pancake Day. Parked in a booth at an IHOP on Sunset I anxiously awaited my free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Every year the International House of Pancakes teams up with the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals for a big fundraiser on National Pancake Day. If you make a donation you get a free short stack. This, however, being Los Angeles, and Pancake Day being Election Day, shenanigans were in...

  • News

    Cable TV runs the spectrum: Doug McIntyre

    Wow, we sure love murder! There must be 50 channels featuring world-weary detectives trying to crack cold case crimes of unspeakable depravity. Apparently TV viewers have an insatiable appetite for strangled hookers, bludgeoned waitresses and the occasional mistress run through a wood chipper. It’s all slaughter all the time. SPOILER ALERT: The husband did it. Then there are the dozens of channels selling stuff; mostly cheap jewelry. Jewelry you wouldn’t wear in...