CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2001
The execution of any human is a somber matter and cause for reflection by all. The idea of the state killing a child in an adult body should make civilized people recoil in disgust. The U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned for a second time the death verdict of a Texas man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. It is a good sign that six justices are troubled by Texas jury instructions that leave no room for jurors to spare the life of such a man.
July 23, 1993 |
"Snob, n.-- a person who attaches great importance to wealth, social position, etc., having contempt for those whom he considers his inferiors, and admiring and seeking to associate with those whom he considers his superiors; a person who feels and acts smugly superior about his particular tastes or interests." If you're wincing right now, you're not a snob. If you're saying to yourself, "Well, of course , my dear," then you are.
September 13, 1992
Regarding the interview with Sarandon, thank you for affirming that Dan Quayle was right. Yes, of course, Susan has values; civilized people do. The question is: In the area of morality, whose? The answer is obvious: She has drunk of Hollywood's well of values as much as have others, and the result, with variations here and there to give it a nice gloss, is still the same. BETTY OEHLER Pasadena
October 15, 1990 |
To my surprise, I have received nothing but support against the La Jolla woman who called my wife and me uncivilized for eating microwave dinners on trays while watching sex and violence on television. My wife has suggested that I write no more about our dining habits, but I know her concern is not personal. She is simply afraid that I am overdoing it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1988
Let us, as civilized people, immediately make clear that we will not tolerate blood sacrifice of any kind in the name of any "religion." It is appalling to find that this kind of savagery is going on. Santeria is a euphemism for voodoo, and purports to deal in spells, curses and philters. Religious freedom cannot be stretched to include the senseless killing of any creature, lest it later include your pet cat or dog, or yourself. DIANE SILVER Arleta
January 16, 1988
In spite of the press being awash with tragic stories of starving, homeless people and murderous quibbling in the Middle East and Central America, I have never read anything so revolting as the article on Madleine Kay, the wild animal killer (Jan. 8). Kay and her hunter colleagues trot out the usual perfunctory phrases such as "more sporting" and "respect for the animal" to justify this imbecilic slaughter. To suggest that it is sport to ambush an unsuspecting animal with a high-powered weapon from a great distance is a rapacious assault on the intelligence of civilized people.