November 1, 2005
By nominating right-wing judicial activist Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, President Bush has squandered an opportunity to heal the nation's wounds. A centrist candidate would have appealed to a greater number of Americans, but our feckless leader has determined that conservatives are more important than centrists or progressives. A Senate filibuster regarding this nomination would be a positive development. DAN FREEDLAND Rolling Hills Estates How ironic that Rosa Parks is being honored in Washington at the same time that the right wing of the Republican Party wants Bush to nominate the type of justice who would have never voted, in Brown vs. the Board of Education, to overturn previous court decisions rationalizing the "separate but equal" doctrine.
September 25, 2004
Kevin Starr's wisdom and depth of knowledge of our state's history were evident again in "Saving California Centrism" (Opinion, Sept. 19). Most Californians, and even a few current officeholders, want a return to sensible, adult debate leading to rational state government. It's time we all united to sideline the ayatollahs of right and left who now control the political process by demanding open primaries to banish ideological gridlock. Managers of the major parties abhor the prospect.
January 23, 1999
For many years, I was able to relax and lose myself in the toy department of the local newspaper, the sports page. First it was in New York with Jimmy Cannon and Milton Gross, and then in 1983 I turned to Jim Murray in The Times. Now I can't even do that: Bill Plaschke has seen to that with his bleeding-heart, racial political agenda. Please transfer him to the left wing of the paper so I can once again enjoy the more centrist sports section. FRED BRENNER, Marina del Rey Finally, Bill Plaschke, who has a habit of annoying and antagonizing readers, may have found his forte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2000
Re "Subway's Arrival in Valley Ends a Long, Costly Journey," June 18. It took bold and adventurous politics to approve and build this system, something we sorely lack in this "centrist" age. I was disgusted and appalled to read the comments by our so-called forward-looking legislators. As it was in the 1950s, diesel or [propane] burning buses are not the answer to traffic or fuel consumption, nor are they a solution to future overcrowding in Los Angeles. It is shortsighted politics at its finest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2001
Re "How TV Killed Democracy on Nov. 7," Commentary, Feb. 14: After the votes had been counted twice and George W. Bush was the leader in the Florida vote count, I find it odd that anyone would think that the person with the lead in an election, no matter how slim, should concede. Local elections are frequently decided with margins of as few as one vote, and no one thinks the winner should concede. It's time to get over it--Bush is president for the next four years. WALTER T. BACHE Artesia Thank you, Todd Gitlin, for skewering the myth of "the liberal media."
February 1, 1987
Norman Miller (Letters, Jan. 25) complains that The Times "persists in repeatedly calling on Robert Lekachman for economic commentary." That is a ludicrous charge; Lekachman does not show up in the Times Board of Economists column any more than those who espouse conservative and centrist viewpoints. Miller also refers to Lekachman as a "left-wing missionary whose main purpose is to discredit any conservative thought, particularly Ronald Reagan's." Apparently, those of us who are not in love with Reagan's Darwinian economic policies and who are concerned about the millions of Americans who have been disenfranchised by them are just supposed to sit back, keep our mouths shut and go along with the program.