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Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII; the climate change debate; Donald Trump's political ambitions

May 01, 2011

Wallis and Edward

Re "No love for this romance," Column One, April 26

It's too bad that British widow Jean Jones — who, regarding the Wallis Simpson-Edward VIII marriage, thinks that most Americans "romanticize the whole thing" — hasn't talked to typical Americans.

Even today, but especially so in 1936, most Americans value honor and loyalty to duty over the pursuit of personal happiness. We work at mundane jobs and stay in somewhat unfulfilling relationships because of commitment and responsibility.

It's a myth to think that the American public of 1936 approved of the royal abdication. Most older Americans know of people in their communities who were ostracized in the 1930s, '40s and '50s because they got a divorce. The people in those communities certainly didn't romanticize the idea of divorce and remarriage.

Sarah E. Adams

Rancho Palos Verdes

I read with interest the continued resentment many Britons feel toward Simpson for robbing them of their king.

In reality, they should thank her, as this was truly divine intervention. This abdication saved England from a monarch who was a Nazi sympathizer.

Leslie Emer

Los Angeles

Climate science and its doubters

Re "Cooling on global warming," Opinion, April 26

Jonah Goldberg writes that "climate change is dead as a major political issue for the foreseeable future." This may be true, but it does not alter the basic science unequivocally stated recently by the National Academy of Sciences: "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems."

Major insurance underwriters, the U.S. military and many large U.S. corporations recognize this. While the Chinese are devoting enormous resources to take advantage of the economic opportunities in alternative energy sources, Congress cuts programs that could keep us competitive.

Conservatives should play a constructive role in formulating policies to deal with climate change, but they cannot do this by denying scientific reality.

Ray Weymann

Atascadero, Calif.

Goldberg claims that climate refugees are "nowhere to be found." I wonder how hard he looked.

Millions are homeless because of environmental disasters. Perhaps Goldberg has heard of Hurricane Katrina, which drove a quarter of New Orleans' population permanently out of the city?

Was the 50 million estimate too high? Sure. But it is better to overestimate and take extra precautions.

For the millions of people with limited resources and little political power, the question has an obvious answer: act. Goldberg appears to be too busy gloating over a political coup to worry about that.

Daniel Brezenoff

Long Beach

Science-deniers are impervious to empirical evidence that threatens the certainty of their cause.

Mother Nature doesn't give a damn. She will continue her inexorable march toward the destination of her choosing, and what's left in her wake will be completely bipartisan.

Alan Shapiro


It's fair to say President Obama has caved in to political pressures. But climate change is still an issue, at least in the scientific community. Let us not forget that people died in recent heat waves in Paris and Moscow, of all places.

Tim Swanson


Focus on teachers

Re "Save our teachers — please," Column, April 27

Thank you, Steve Lopez, for keeping this crucial issue before the public. As a high school English teacher who began teaching in the 1960s, I retired

10 years ago after witnessing the slide into the budget cuts and chaos that Lopez describes.

I and most of my colleagues, like James Yi, loved teaching. To lay off young, dedicated and energetic teachers like Yi is shameful when there are other ways to balance the budget.

Gretchen Clark

Los Angeles

I had to laugh at Lopez's nomination of Yi to education sainthood when I read at the end that he "is one year away from an education doctorate" and "wants to be a principal." In other words, he loves teaching so much he can't wait to get out of the classroom. Administration is where the money and job security is.

Me? I'm just a 25-year veteran teacher who never once thought of being an administrator, but who gets ripped by Lopez's innuendo that I'm one of those responsible for "tossing [Yi] onto the teacher scrap heap." What a world.

Robert Robak


He refused to recuse

Re "Who's fit to judge?" Editorial, April 27

Obviously you, like the other opponents of Proposition 8, are missing the point. U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself because gay judges in same-sex relationships cannot help but be biased toward the rights of gay people.

Only normal judges, with normal marriages and normal families, would be able to be unbiased. A normal person would have upheld Proposition 8.

Or something like that.

Susan Buckner

Seal Beach

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