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July 16, 2005
This new policy of the military to ask soldiers to designate who is to get their remains (July 7) is probably one of the most callous procedures one can imagine. No wonder they are having trouble getting recruits for the armed services. Ruby Levor Sherman Oaks
April 3, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you drive down Buckeye Road at the southern edge of Lima, Ohio, you'll pass an industrial complex where General Dynamics makes armored vehicles for the U.S. military. But if you stop and take a photograph, you just might find yourself detained by military police, have your camera confiscated and your digital photos deleted. Which is exactly what happened to two staffers for the Toledo Blade newspaper on Friday, in an unacceptable violation of the 1st Amendment and common sense. According to the Blade, staff writer Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser had just covered a news event at another Lima-area factory and decided to take photos of other businesses for future use, a common media practice.
March 31, 1996
Re "Tustin Hospital Closing; 300 Will Lose Their Jobs," March 14: G & L Realty Corp. President Steven Lebowitz's remark that "the people leaving are not my problem" was as unnecessary as it was callous. No one at Tustin Hospital expected any concern on the part of Lebowitz, but his attitude is all too typical of big business in this country today. A total disregard of employees in the quest for higher and higher profit margins inevitably results in a decline of the middle class, who will no longer be able to buy the goods and or services Lebowitz and his cohorts want to market.
November 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The day after Halloween, the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them, officially ending one of the last remaining stimulus efforts left over from President Obama's first months in office - while also making it harder for millions of Americans to get enough to eat. The callousness displayed in cutting vital safety net benefits at a time when millions lack the resources to feed their families adequately...
March 31, 2000
Re Lucas Benitez's sign, "No soy tractor"--he is so right (photo, March 28). If these workers were tractors, their owners would be taking excellent care of them. Where is America's conscience when our hardest workers are treated with such callous disdain? EILEEN BIGELOW Whittier
September 25, 1990
In his column, Lofton admits that humans are pillaging, plundering and obliterating not only the animals and plant life, but also each other. He has the impudence to place this callous, greedy and destructive species in a "higher order." Now that is moral insanity. L. MASON Ventura
September 20, 1992
I object to your "Hot Property" column in a time when so many are suffering homelessness and others great deprivation and threat of loss of homes. Flaunting the riches of the few at the time when so many in our country are suffering strikes me as being callous and insensitive. The homes you are touting could house dozens of these homeless families. MARY ANN MELVIN Solana Beach
January 28, 1996
"She's not all there," a city animal regulation officer gratuitously observed ("Woman Who Hoarded Cats Sentenced to Prison Term," Jan. 13) when a "cat woman" was sentenced to two years in state prison for parole violation relating to animal care and fraud. If the officer's callous remark is true, this disturbed woman should not be treated as a criminal but as a sick person, as in other countries. Years of costly imprisonment will not help her. Treatment has proved it can. PATRICK COONEY Sun Valley
June 15, 2003
Regarding "No Scheme Behind the Indians' Fate" (June 1): If Indians did not want to integrate with whites, that was their choice. If I told letter writer Steven Foster to integrate with whomever, with no choice about it, how would he react? Foster talked about settler necessity, but he failed to realize that killing settlers was probably the only way the Indians thought they could survive. His last remark, "If they had won, you'd be vacationing somewhere else," is so callous and irresponsible that it is beyond comprehension.
May 3, 1987
It was with great disappointment and sadness that I read the letters commenting on Gregg Barrios' article about the lack of Latinos represented in "Platoon" (Calendar Letters, April 26). To have such a callous disregard and lack of insight into the situation is most disturbing. Barrios' article was enlightening and pragmatic, only asking that the truth be told. Granted, director Oliver Stone wrote of his experiences, but as the definitive Vietnam saga, the inclusion of Latinos, specifically Mexican-Americans (and blacks as well)
June 20, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
"The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat," Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) said in quoting the Bible last month of the 48 million hungry Americans, mostly working families and senior citizens, who require federal help to put food on the table. That misguided principle stands at the center of a House farm bill that threatens $20.5 billion in cuts over a decade to food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Pursuing the sacred cause of deficit reduction, Congress would sooner shrink aid to struggling families than substantially reform farm subsidies, of which Fincher, who owns a family cotton farm, is one of the largest recipients in Tennessee history.
November 5, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Fame is a funny thing, especially when it comes to someone with such obvious talent as Nicki Minaj, whose stardom seemed assured from the start. It was only a few years ago that the superstar rapper earned her ubiquity with a string of explosive, immediately identifiable cameos.  With a whip-smart wit, fantastic verbal skills and a fluid, inventive flow, Minaj was -- and remains -- a game-changing talent in a very competitive field. She reminded women that rapping offers expressive and financial freedom, and she made talented rappers from the opposite sex sound like amateurs alongside her crazy, roller coaster rhymes and delivery.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Two decidedly different portraits emerged Wednesday of the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband and then trying to pass it off as an accident. Prosecutors said Lois Goodman, 70, bludgeoned her husband, then callously left him to die as she went to "tennis and to get her nails done. " Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom accused Lois Goodman of meticulously planning the killing in advance, but did not lay out any evidence to support that claim. She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an "improvised knife," stabbing her husband 10 times.
April 8, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Democratic efforts to frame recent Republican policies and right-wing statements as part of a larger “war on women” led by the GOP took another step Sunday. On CNN's “State of the Union,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz portrayed Republicans as “turning back the clock for women.” “Gov. [Scott] Walkerjust signed a bill that repeals the equal pay law that they had in Wisconsin for years,” she said to host Candy Crowley. “You have Republicans that have engaged themselves for the entire Congress on trying to redefine rape as only being forceful rape, defunding Planned Parenthood and family planning programs.” Wasserman Schultz's remarks, in which she also called the GOP "callous and insensitive," follow Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus' response Thursday to allegations of a war on women on Bloomberg TV. “If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and mainstream media outlets talked about the fact Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars,” Priebus said.
January 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Jostling in a last heated day before the New Hampshire primary, Republicans ganged up on front-runner Mitt Romney, accusing him of a callous cluelessness about the economic anxiety facing many Americans. The former Massachusetts governor, appearing at a Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast, gave fuel to his opponents with a comment that included the phrase "I like being able to fire people. " It became instant fodder for critics eager to tear him down ahead of Tuesday's primary and, even more, the Jan. 21 balloting in South Carolina, which looks to be much closer.
June 4, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
This week, the Lakers told the world about the hiring of Mike Brown. Brian Shaw is still waiting for them to tell him. For parts of 11 seasons and five championships, Shaw gave the Lakers clutch play, smart coaching and plenty of Kobe soothing. Yet they hired Mike Brown without even giving Shaw a call. Most folks figured Shaw, the season-long favorite and one of Kobe Bryant's preferred choices to replace Phil Jackson as Lakers coach, would have a difficult time winning the job once the Lakers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
June 24, 1989
Once again the conservative movement is accused of censorship, but the source of the controversy is virtually ignored. In Parachini's article, we don't learn until the 19th paragraph (after the article jumps 10 pages) that Andres Serrano's offensive photograph is entitled "Piss Christ." Although I find such art offensive and unnecessary, I would not oppose the artist's right to produce it. Such prior restraint would be censorship. I do strongly oppose spending federal money to support its exhibition.
October 3, 1987
I read Howard Rosenberg's enthusiastic review of the new ABC series "thirtysomething" ("New TV Generation Gets Older, Better," Sept. 29). My wife (age 30-something) and I (like Rosenberg, age 40-something) then watched the premiere episode. Boy, were we disappointed! Sure, the series concept holds worthy promise: a realistic, poignant look at the lives of attractive, articulate people who have just crossed the threshold from the protracted childhood our society affords the educated children of the upper middle class into the responsibilities and ambiguities of adult lives committed to love and work.
July 16, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
A Nevada prison's medical care — once described as displaying a "shocking and callous disregard for human life" — would be upgraded and monitored under a proposed court settlement filed Thursday. An independent monitor would ensure that the remote maximum-security prison, which houses Nevada's death row inmates, was dispensing medication and treatment in a timely manner, creating treatment plans for chronically ill inmates and had qualified medical staff available at all times, according to the proposal.
October 3, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
This week, unemployment among American workers climbed to its highest level in a quarter of a century. In parts of Los Angeles, joblessness has reached levels unmatched since the Depression. In many predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods, nearly one in four people is out of work. Yet the Obama administration has chosen this moment to deprive more than 1,800 Angelenos, nearly all Latino immigrants, of jobs that not only pay a living wage but provide health insurance and other benefits.
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