January 20, 1991
Is the purpose of a more internationally sensitive education to improve business relations, as Meisler seems to indicate? Wouldn't we be better served by analyzing our own industrial and economic organization, which makes us uncompetitive with other nations regardless of our knowledge of customs and practices in China? Wouldn't it be better to clarify our own interests in the world? Our difficulty in doing so was amply evident during the Persian Gulf crisis. It is not at all clear that American interests are best served through internationalism.
November 5, 1995
Before NBC's Warren Littlefield and Paramount's Kerry McCluggage anoint David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee as the saviors of TV, let's look at the facts ("Post-'Frasier' Cheers," by Steve Weinstein, Oct. 22). Using "Cheers" as the hammer, Paramount compelled NBC to give the trio's "Wings" the time slot following "Cheers," a guarantee of success. When "Wings" ran in non-protected time slots, its ratings were terrible. And their "Frasier" has a built-in sampling appeal to the millions of "Cheers" lovers, giving it a major leg up on other new programs.
November 28, 2004
Re "U.S. Deficit Follows Bush on Trip" and "Bush's Colombian Connection," editorial, Nov. 23: Writer Peter Wallsten fails to mention an aggravating factor in President Bush's call for continued multibillion-dollar funding for Colombia as he commits to cut the budget deficit; this U.S. investment has produced little of its promised return, despite The Times editorial's claims to the contrary. Nearly 4,000 civilians were murdered last year, down slightly from 2002 but up a dramatic 34% since 1999, despite U.S. security assistance.
August 28, 1994 |
Through the squalls and storms of the past few months, no one has been more doggedly upbeat about President Clinton's ambitious plan for national health care reform than senior adviser Ira Magaziner and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Magaziner, chief architect of Clinton's health care plan, took great delight in calling attention to his office bookshelves.
October 5, 2011 |
Prohibition — America's notoriously "failed social experiment" to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns' highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug legalization advocates, who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look at what resulted from alcohol prohibition and its relevance to today's anti-drug effort reveals a far more nuanced picture than the legalization lobby might like to admit.
September 11, 2013 |
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.