CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1992
I am glad that communism is finally dead in the former Soviet Union. Stalin's horrible and senseless torture of people and society was the worst action taken against mankind after Hitler's Holocaust of the Jews. This unnecessary brutality should have been stopped from the very beginning. Thank you for being the principal figure in stopping communism, Mr. Gorbachev. Now maybe the world will be a more peaceful place for everyone. BRIAN OPRE, Northridge
September 4, 1994
Martin Bernheimer seems to find Leonard Bernstein's close-to-40-year romance with communism sort of, well . . . cute ("Lenny the Red Menace," Aug. 21). He writes, of Bernstein: "A possible Commie. Yikes." Communism a laugh ? Who knew? But let's get serious here. Forget 73 years of murdering, enslaving, ignoring human rights, even threatening to "bury" us, and cut to what Bernheimer believes is the real horror: that under the direction of four decades of attorneys general, the FBI was ordered to keep track of Bernstein's activities.
February 16, 1992
I'm getting a little tired of reading how the hard-core "rightists" are attempting to subvert the Soviet Union's breakup ("Slouching Toward Chaos," by Robert Cullen, Jan. 12). It is intellectual dishonesty to label as rightists those who wish to return the Soviet Union to communism. The former Soviet Union is moving slowly toward democracy, meaning that it is moving to the right, since communism is the ultimate expression of leftist ideas in practice. Therefore, someone who wishes to return Russia to communism is a hard-core leftist.
July 20, 1988 |
The New York labor leader pledged to Michael S. Dukakis and the Baltimore professor who supports the Rev. Jesse Jackson both agreed: If Nicaragua or any other country wants to be communist and pro-Russian, that's its business. "It may be a problem for the United States, but it's self-determination," said Salema Siler Marriott, 47, who coordinates the mental health program at Morgan State University and is a black Jackson delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
May 6, 1990 |
It has been a bad year for Communists, but there were no tears Saturday as the diminished ranks of the socialist fraternity paid respects to Karl Marx, commemorating his 172nd birthday. Delegations from China, Mongolia and East Germany made a pilgrimage to the London cemetery where the father of communism is buried, bringing flowers and their versions of the kinder, gentler communism of the 1990s. "It (Marxism) is not dead.
February 17, 1990
Rick Du Brow is an excellent addition to The Times television coverage/commentary. He brings a fresh perspective to Calendar, and he is an interesting read. I particularly liked his comments regarding TV news in his Feb. 10 column. I, too, have wondered just when we (as viewers) would begin to see some really in-depth discussion regarding the collapse of communism around the globe. The conservative/liberal debate on communism has dominated all the political differences we have in the United States.
April 13, 1990 |
One of the world's oldest ruling Communist parties dropped the word communism from its constitution Thursday and set a new goal of building "democratic humane socialism." An extraordinary congress of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party adopted a new party constitution and platform to reflect its recent acceptance of democratic reforms and opposition parties. A proposal to change the party's name, dropping the word revolutionary, was defeated.
November 29, 1997 |
"A single death is a tragedy," Soviet dictator Josef Stalin once remarked. "A million deaths is a statistic." But how many millions, precisely? This month, 80 years after the Bolshevik takeover in Russia, a Paris-based group of historians has published the first global balance sheet of the "crimes, terror and repression" committed under communism.