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October 15, 1990 | JACK SMITH
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.
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OPINION
July 8, 2002
Civilized people do not shoot wildly into the air when celebrating a happy occasion ("U.S. Raid on Village Raises Hard Questions," July 5). When people of a war-torn country--occupied by foreign forces--celebrate a happy occasion they should be doubly cautious. Our troops are not out to shoot women and children. They are trained to shoot at anyone who shoots at them first. This is war. The people who were celebrating are responsible. They jeopardized their people's as well as our troops' safety.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2001
Thanks for printing "Strike Out Three-Strikes Law" (Commentary, Nov. 6) and "Crying Foul on 3 Strikes" (editorial, Nov. 7). The word needs to get out. Civilized people do not allow this sort of thing to go on. Some of the examples made me sick to my stomach. Peter Hansen Palm Springs
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2001
Thanks for printing "Strike Out Three-Strikes Law" (Commentary, Nov. 6) and "Crying Foul on 3 Strikes" (editorial, Nov. 7). The word needs to get out. Civilized people do not allow this sort of thing to go on. Some of the examples made me sick to my stomach. Peter Hansen Palm Springs
ENTERTAINMENT
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
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
OPINION
November 30, 1986
I think the Nov. 19 press conference was the most despicable performance by the press I have ever seen in this country. Whatever one's viewpoints or politics may be the President of the United States deserves some respect and at that performance of the media there was none shown. I do not think the President should hold any more press conferences until the members of the press can behave themselves like ladies and gentlemen and act like civilized people. GEORGE G. MOODY San Juan Capistrano
OPINION
July 8, 2002
Civilized people do not shoot wildly into the air when celebrating a happy occasion ("U.S. Raid on Village Raises Hard Questions," July 5). When people of a war-torn country--occupied by foreign forces--celebrate a happy occasion they should be doubly cautious. Our troops are not out to shoot women and children. They are trained to shoot at anyone who shoots at them first. This is war. The people who were celebrating are responsible. They jeopardized their people's as well as our troops' safety.
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1986
I certainly want to wish the five-year waitress well in her $14-million claim against the restaurant chain that forced her to work in a sexually provocative outfit. According to the plaintiff, she decided to sue after her breast had been touched for the hundredth time. The lawsuit--one of many nationwide--is timely. In 1955 the United States began its downturn from a goods-producing society to a services society, and it is now time to close out the service industries so that we can direct ourselves to leisure as a full-time pursuit properly befitting a truly civilized people.
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.
NEWS
July 23, 1993 | PATRICK MOTT and ANN CONWAY
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
NEWS
October 15, 1990 | JACK SMITH
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
SPORTS
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.
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.
NEWS
July 23, 1993 | PATRICK MOTT and ANN CONWAY
"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.
OPINION
November 30, 1986
I think the Nov. 19 press conference was the most despicable performance by the press I have ever seen in this country. Whatever one's viewpoints or politics may be the President of the United States deserves some respect and at that performance of the media there was none shown. I do not think the President should hold any more press conferences until the members of the press can behave themselves like ladies and gentlemen and act like civilized people. GEORGE G. MOODY San Juan Capistrano
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1986
I certainly want to wish the five-year waitress well in her $14-million claim against the restaurant chain that forced her to work in a sexually provocative outfit. According to the plaintiff, she decided to sue after her breast had been touched for the hundredth time. The lawsuit--one of many nationwide--is timely. In 1955 the United States began its downturn from a goods-producing society to a services society, and it is now time to close out the service industries so that we can direct ourselves to leisure as a full-time pursuit properly befitting a truly civilized people.
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