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June 12, 2006
Re "Top Democrats in House Back Jefferson's Ouster From Panel," June 9 Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) ought to step down from his responsible House Ways and Means Committee post. Black or white, Democratic or Republican, an honorable person would graciously step aside until exonerated. There comes a point when race should not make a difference. MARILYN VON KUHLBERG Upland
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1989
Argentina's President Raul Alfonsin made a difficult but courageous decision in choosing to resign so that a popularly elected civilian successor can take office earlier than planned. Ever since Alfonsin's Radical Party was overwhelmingly defeated by Peronist candidate Carlos Menem in last month's national election, Argentina has been paralyzed politically. The severe economic crisis that provoked an overwhelming majority of Argentine voters to turn out the Radicals in favor of the Justicialist Party, as the Peronists are officially known, is getting worse, and no one in Alfonsin's government seems capable of coping with it. The seven-month transition period decreed by the nation's constitution left Alfonsin a weak lame duck, blocking Menem from putting populist economic programs into action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1987
Re your story on the Conviction in "Murder Set Aside for Bias 4th District Court of Appeal," (March 18): I don't know all of the factors that may have been involved in the judge's decision, but it is the most ludicrous decision that could have been made, based on the information given in your story. A conviction was decided by a jury selected by both prosecutor and defense attorneys, each trying, during jury selection, to guess which way these people could be persuaded. Now a judge determines that bias existed because there were no Latinos on the jury.
TRAVEL
April 8, 2007
Halfway through Dan Neil's piece on his driving a "Formula One" race car ["Bright Lights, Big Engines," April 1], readers find that he actually drove a heavily modified race car. Certain unmodified street cars (Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette Z06) could achieve about the same performance. The ultralight weight of and lack of sound-deadening on Neil's car surely made for a thrilling experience, but the paper misled its readers by promoting the article during the week and with the headlines and photo captions on the story itself.
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2007
READING about the Dervaes family ["O, Pioneers in Pasadena," Jan. 25], was such a refreshing change from the millionaires you normally feature. Until now, all I'd learned about "the inner life" from The Times' Home section was that having one requires tons of cash spent on meaningless objects. SCOTT LANDSBAUM Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1990 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County's five lawmakers say they strive to put aside personal and party differences when decisions are being made to split up state funds for local public works projects. Lynn M. Suter, a capital lobbyist for the city of Ventura, agrees that the "vast philosophical differences" among the county's three Republican and two Democratic lawmakers "don't get in the way of the delegation responding to local needs."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The end has come at last. Finally, ABC's "Ellen" is over, complete, finished in first run, about to become dust. After tonight, no longer will we have Ellen DeGeneres' loathsome personal lifestyle regularly thrust at us. You know full well the aberrant, dysfunctional, repugnant behavior I'm speaking of--a mode of conduct that promotes something vile and alien that America's sweet, innocent children should not be exposed to or even hear. Constant grousing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1997
Re "Girl's Tragic Death Moves Judge, Jury to Look Beyond the Law," Dec. 25: This is the triumph of genuine humanity. Greatest praise to the spirit of Canadians and their court. Yes, laws are made by people to serve the best interests of people. One rule does not serve justice in all cases. If it fails in a special circumstance, justice must to be pursued beyond law. This should be a precedent to all countries in the whole world. TOSHIKO HONDA Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1986
Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has pursued his limited vision of civil rights too loudly for toolong. He thinks that minorities and women no longer need help in competing in a world that sadly retains many instinctive prejudices. Pendleton is wrong. And he is an embarrassment to an Administration that has finally seen fit to disagree with him on a key policy issue. It is time for him to resign or be removed.
SPORTS
November 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
After all he's been through in four years at South Carolina, Phil Petty wasn't about to let a sore shoulder keep him from beating Clemson for the first time. Petty, questionable before kickoff, took a few aspirin before completing 14 of 23 passes for 152 yards as his No. 22 Gamecocks beat Clemson, 20-15, on Saturday.
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