October 5, 1986
The Tobacco Institute's Jack Kelly says: "Nobody's got a right to deny me the right to my own form of pleasure." His insolent attitude toward others' rights could, if he prevailed, be applied to drug users, AIDS propagandists or other antisocial or harmful-substance users. James B. Gebhard El Segundo
September 10, 2006
GARBAGE. I have never even seen the guy and, after reading your sucker-punch of an article, still have no idea what his routine is like. Why didn't you quote a few more of his jokes? Who says comedians have to be antisocial? He's not allowed to break the mold? Is it, perhaps, you who aren't happy, or cute? BEN WESTHOFF St. Louis
September 1, 1997
After many years' contact with abnormally aggressive, violent, narcissistic students, I cringed at the solution for their amoral, antisocial, self-destructive behavior offered by John Fernandez and Tara Yosso (" '187' Demonizes Latino, African American Students," Counterpunch, Aug. 18). The remedy these writers create in this regard would be humorous parody, were it not so ironically pathetic. The minority-group students whom teachers commonly call their dangerous, unapproachable ones will be deterred from acting out their antisocial impulses, these writers advise, if given opportunities "to deconstruct films and other popular culture media forms that polarize, alienate and scapegoat" them.
July 25, 2004
Kathleen DOHENY failed to mention the best cure in "Researchers Tackle Motion Sickness on Land, Sea and Air," Healthy Traveler, July 11. Some years ago, a medical journal reported a study showing that listening to music under headphones was better for curing and preventing motion sickness than any pill. Tired of the side effects of medications and unable to take the burning breath of a stomach marinating as a result of a ginger capsule, I found that the headphones worked completely and quickly, even at low volume.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1988
The Orange County Human Relations Commission applauds the enthusiasm for a county self-esteem task force expressed by Ronda Miller in her Commentary column (Feb. 21). Certainly all county residents will greatly benefit from a well-organized program designed to bolster self-esteem in people who might otherwise become involved in antisocial behavior. The lack of self-worth is frequently identified as the root cause of violence and bigotry. Recent studies report that individuals who are self-assured and confident of their own inner worth have less tendency toward racism, sexism and religious intolerance.
April 8, 1990
It's time to repeal the death penalty--not because it's unjust or immoral but because it's unworkable. Under our system of justice, murderers sentenced to die have become the most protected of felons, guaranteed years of review, appeals and delays at public expense. Their plight attracts a multitude of apologists and supporters, including those opposed to capital punishment under any circumstances. If murderers are members of a minority, they can be portrayed as victims of prejudice and their defense often becomes a political obligation.