CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1998
Re "Keep Politics Off the Bench," Commentary, April 19: While Terry Friedman makes a quixotic argument for the separation of the legislative and judicial branches in the public's mind, he is reaching for the unattainable ideal. Americans are passionate about certain issues, including abortion, free speech, racism, affirmative action, victims' rights, etc. When a judge issues an order that is perceived as either unjust or immoral, then the judge risks censure by the public's hands at the voting booth.
June 4, 2000
Regarding "Queen for a Day" (Weekend Escape, May 14): Now I know the Los Angeles Times has lost all touch with reality. The Hotel Bel-Air, $855 per night? How many people could afford that? Is there another travel publication aimed at common people? A couple of more changes to The Times, and I will save myself the cost of a subscription. BOB YOUNKER Lancaster
December 2, 1990
Zealous conservatives Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are out. The anxious liberals, with their greatest obstacles and complaint removed, now have their golden opportunity to show what they can do to cure the misery of the common people. The state of the underprivileged is so bad, and their pain so severe, that even a slight move in the right direction will be a great victory. We will see what the liberals can do. ALI WASSIL Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988
In his column ("Rejecting an Aristocracy of Experts," Op-Ed Page, Oct. 19), Michael Novak claims that Michael Dukakis represents the arrogant aristocracy of managerial "experts" who look down on ordinary people and tell them that they are stupid; the common people are going for George Bush because he wants to be loved as one of them and be the self-image they desire to see in their "king." Novak may be right about the way in which many people respond to the office of President, but I refuse to simply accept that American presidential politics has come to this.
October 24, 2004
John Shors' article, "An Enduring Monument to the Power of Love" [Traveler's Journal, Oct. 17], was interesting. The Taj Mahal is definitely one of the most remarkable buildings in the world. However, behind the beauty lies a painful and ugly history. It took 20,000 people more than 22 years to build this dream mausoleum, and legend has it that the masons had their hands amputated after it was completed [supposedly to ensure that the masterpiece would never have a rival]. To me it does not symbolize the power of love but rather egotistical vision at the expense of the common people.
June 11, 1989
Beatty is right on target when he states that the Democratic Party "is losing its soul." For too long, Democrats have been feeding from the trough of big business in a futile attempt to keep up with the Republican Party. In a two-party system in which both parties are beholden to corporate America, who is left to speak up for the common people? The Democratic Party needs to return to its roots, and start to represent the vast majority of Americans who haven't profited from the prevalent greed, corruption and selfishness of the Reagan-Bush years.