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March 19, 2006
Re "Sighting of Terrorist in Lodi Questioned," March 15 The terrorism trial in Lodi, Calif., is a textbook lesson on why secret and indefinite detention by the Bush administration is an affront to justice. Officials may lock up a person in the honest belief that the accused is a threat. However, as the Lodi case shows, that belief may be based on information provided through malice, greed or simple error. Only a public trial with adequate counsel can guarantee justice is done and only actual threats to our country are dealt with.
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Senate's proposal to spend $46 billion to help secure the country's southern border may or may not persuade skeptical colleagues in the House to support broader immigration reform. But the proposal is generating some serious grumbling in Mexico. "We are 'friends and neighbors,' as is repeated ad nauseam," Fernando Belaunzaran, a congressman with Mexico's left-wing Democratic Revolution Party, tweeted this week, "but the U.S. is about to militarize the border with Mexico as if we were at war. " "Neighbors don't do this to each other," Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos wrote in the newspaper Reforma.
June 9, 2000
So the archbishop of San Francisco, William Levada, has sent a video of the San Francisco gay pride parade to convince Italy that Rome's gay pride festival should be canceled as an affront to Catholicism ("Vatican Sees Gay Festival as an Affront," June 3). Will Levada also send a video of New Orleans' Mardi Gras to demonstrate that a festival from the Catholic tradition is a far more dignified affair? DAN KARASIC San Francisco
February 5, 2012 | By Charlotte Allen
Ever since the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, conservative and liberal Roman Catholics have been deeply divided over church teachings, many of them concerning marriage and sexual matters. Those who are more conservative would like to see the teachings remain in place, while liberals would like to see drastic changes. Now, suddenly, after decades of internecine bickering, liberals and conservatives among Catholics have joined forces on an issue. Strangely enough, it involves artificial birth control, one of the sorest points between the two factions.
September 26, 1999
As Jews, we would like to state that we are not offended by the street banners sponsored by the Adat Y'shua Ha Adon Messianic Jewish Congregation. [City Councilman] Hal Berson is misguided when he describes the banners as an "affront to the Jewish community." ("Messianic Ads Anger Some Valley Jews," Sept. 16). This kind of intolerance is an affront to the Jewish (and non-Jewish) community and, in our view, stands in stark contrast to our traditions and history. Particularly, at this time of year!
October 9, 1990
Mayor Bradley is right in his reaction to the City Council's rejection of domes and minarets for a proposed mosque in Granada Hills as "an affront to religious freedom." What Bradley fails to mention is that it is also an affront to architectural freedom. Historically, Angelenos have been blessed with the most bizarre and free-wheeling of architecture: the Chinese Theater, Clifton's Cafeteria, the facade of which was a tropical waterfall, the Egyptian Theater in the image of a Pharaoh's tomb, and the Firestone Tire Co. building that paid structural homage to the ancient Assyrians.
July 30, 1989
"The Golden Girls" happens to be my husband's favorite show. However, the June 24th episode was a racial affront to the Filipina woman. We are not "bought." As one of the many Filipinas married to Americans, I felt greatly insulted by the innuendo that Filipinas are so cheap, a person can buy not only one but four Filipina wives as spares. Alicia Gralnick, Culver City
July 27, 1990
Nixon's latest bid for personal glory once again garners praise from the naive just as it did when he sponsored China's entry into the United Nations and stabbed our faithful ally Taiwan in the back. What is more, Nixon's act was an embarrassment and affront to all the Asians who supported America's decision to exclude and embargo China. DR. HAU SEN South El Monte
September 20, 1987
Let's be objective and analytical. What did Donna Rice do to catapult her above the thousands of other actresses looking for a break? Face it, had she been with a married plumber or mechanic, she would still be selling pharmaceuticals. Making her a star for this is an affront to Lee Hart, the innocent victim in the triangle who is forced to see the woman's face in newspapers. It is an affront to the scores of decent struggling actresses who train and audition diligently, hoping to hit the limelight the right way. It's an affront to all the young men who have no equal opportunity or access to such methods of advancement.
July 17, 2000
Re "A Rare Moment of Political Unity in Battling Campaign Finance Law," July 12: The politicos just don't get it. The voters of this state and the nation are fed up with the one-dollar, one-vote form of representation they provide. That's why we passed Prop. 208 four years ago--a grass-roots campaign that succeeded against all the opposition the combined political parties could muster. If the courts knock down Prop. 208, we will need to pass a new, tough measure that will pass muster, and that's not the Legislature's sweetheart measure.
September 18, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Onetime French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Sunday acknowledged "moral fault" in a sexual encounter with a New York hotel chambermaid, but insisted that he engaged in no "aggression or constraint" that should have resulted in his arrest. Speaking in a prime-time television interview, Strauss-Kahn, 62, gave his first public explanation of the events that led to his jailing on sexual assault charges, which were later dropped after prosecutors began doubting the maid's credibility.
June 19, 2010 | Tim Rutten
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown doesn't deny that he recently compared his Republican rival Meg Whitman's approach to political advertising to that of the fanatical Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Brown, however, told a San Francisco radio show Thursday that he made the remark in "a private conversation.... Nobody had a pencil." He said, "Nobody said, 'By the way, is this a statement that you're making to the public.'" Welcome to the new political world, Mr. Attorney General.
January 14, 2010 | By Harold Meyerson
It's been a maddening year for California liberals. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama carried the state by a stunning 24 points. He took office with a distinctly progressive agenda and with heavy Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. A moment of liberal breakthrough -- another 1935 or 1965 -- seemed at hand. And then . . . nothing happened. The problem wasn't the House. The House delivered: It passed healthcare reform with a "public option"; it passed financial reform legislation; it passed cap-and-trade legislation that would slow global warming.
Museums in Southern California seem to be losing their collective minds. First downtown's Museum of Contemporary Art spent big chunks of its endowment on day-to-day expenses. Then the Orange County Museum of Art secretly sold some of its paintings to a private collector. And now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the museum of record in ground zero for the film industry, is killing its movie program. What are these people drinking?
July 8, 2009 | Henry Chu
No one accuses Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of being a reluctant host. In fact, as he greets the world leaders jetting in to Italy today for a three-day summit, the billionaire head of government's problem is just the opposite: Eyebrows are raised at home and abroad at Berlusconi's willingness to welcome guests who tend to be young, photogenic women.
January 28, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
Last weekend's announcement by the Vatican that Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunication order his predecessor imposed on four so-called traditionalist bishops has provoked understandable hurt and outrage among Jews around the world. All four bishops belong to a notoriously anti-Semitic sect called the Society of St. Pius X.
July 30, 1988
Two errors are being made by the fundamentalist Christians. Foremost, if the film is all that they claim, then it would be offensive to Muslims. Although we believe in Jesus as messiah and not God, the esteem in which we hold him and his description in the Koran does not let us take lightly attacks on his character. Secondly, one minster says that film studios "would not dare to make (a similar affront) against Muslims. . . . " Frankly, we are deluged with affronts against our faith, attacks on the character of the Messenger Mohammed and misrepresentations of our faith.
October 9, 1992
For those prospective black, Latino and Asian-American teachers who feel discriminated against by the California Basic Educational Skills Test's assay of their fundamental knowledge of the "three Rs," consider how absurd it would be if the 20% of Anglos who fail this examination cried foul on the grounds that it discriminates against whites. The fact is that the CBEST discriminates against only one quality, incompetence, and it does so with no regard whatsoever for gender, sexual orientation, race, color or creed.
July 15, 2008 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
From the forbidding, steely confines of San Quentin Prison's death row, scores of California's most notorious convicts have been reaching out to the free world via the Internet. Scott Peterson's Web page features smiling photos of himself with his wife Laci, whom he was found guilty of murdering and dumping into San Francisco Bay while she was pregnant with their unborn son. It also links viewers to his family's support site, where Peterson has a recent blog posting on his "wrongful conviction."
October 29, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Bitter memories of Spain's civil war were on center stage here Sunday as the Vatican put 498 slain Spanish priests and nuns from that divisive era on the path to sainthood. The Mass recognizing the Catholic men and women killed around the time of the 1936-39 civil war was the largest beatification ceremony in church history. Thousands of pilgrims who traveled from Spain filled St.
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