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June 22, 2001
Once again The Times, through its right-wing political cartoonist Michael Ramirez, is demonizing public education and championing a really bad idea--vouchers (Commentary, June 18). Statewide school voucher initiatives in California have been trounced twice and have just been eliminated from President Bush's school legislation. Over the past years, over 20 states have had voucher initiatives that have all failed at the ballot box. One only needs to follow the money to see that Christian fundamentalists (as part of their wish to Christianize America)
January 1, 1989
O ur readers wrote letters throughout 1988 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters. We appreciate their taking the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from you in 1989. To vote or not to vote? That was the question Orange County voters faced Nov. 8. That question became difficult in the 72nd Assembly District when the Orange County Republican Party sent uniformed security guards to 20 Santa Ana precincts to intimidate Hispanic voters.
April 23, 1989
School board members decided last week not to appoint a replacement for member Sarah Koch, leaving a seat vacant until a special election in November. In her resignation letter submitted April 6, Koch cited her full-time studies for a law degree as the reason for leaving. The board Wednesday selected member Roger Graziani to take Koch's place as clerk for the board, said President Christine Goudy. She said the remaining four members said they probably would not be hamstrung by 2-2 votes because split votes have been rare.
May 31, 1990
Our heartfelt thanks to Jack M. Tuell for his Commentary on values (May 19). We have felt since talk of a state lottery began that it was immoral for the state to be involved in gambling. Of course, the power of the wealthy lottery equipment manufacturers could speak so much louder than those of us who could only vote a resounding "no" at the ballot box. The whole lottery system is a tragic scam and benefits no one except the lottery operators. When will the dreamers realize that for one person to win millions, a lot of dreamers must lose a lot of money?
May 26, 1993
Re "Accidental Hero" (May 10): Animal rights terrorists have stolen or destroyed tens of millions of dollars worth of taxpayer- and consumer-funded equipment, supplies and animals. Jonathan Paul's refusal to provide the court testimony with immunity concerning one such felonious incident does not make the illegal acts of those he protects legitimate. Animal rights terrorists seek to force the majority of Americans to adopt their extreme views through a combination of illegal activities and slick PR. Jonathan Paul compares the animal rights movement to the civil rights movement and anti-war movement.
May 31, 2009
Re: "Sitting pretty: Most top-paid CEOs take more in '08 despite the economy, public ourtage," May 24: Information in the last paragraphs said new Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro has introduced a shareholder rights plan to revive so-called proxy access and to eliminate broker voting. Individual shareholders need a voice when they make an investment. Many proxies are arriving very late, almost missing the shareholders meeting. On the back of those proxies is SEC-approved wording stating that if the company cannot get the material out by certain dates, the broker or the company can vote at their discretion.
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