While I am aware that some of our citizens are just to the right of Genghis Khan, it is to be hoped that our elected representatives are more perceptive. Apparently this is not the case with regard to Assemblywoman Marian W. La Follette of Northridge. Her comments concerning reparations to the Americans of Japanese ancestry as reported in The Times on Aug. 11 lead to one of two conclusions: She is either monumentally foolish or an outright racist.
There are two quotes from La Follette in the article: She "would like to see an apology from the Japanese government for the maiming and killing of our young men." And, "It will always remain in my mind that the war resulted from an attack by the Japanese government." Both are classic examples of comparing apples and oranges. To equate the actions of the Japanese government with those of residents of the West Coast, most of whom were American citizens, is idiotic.