October 16, 2012
Re "Girl's shooting rallies her cause," Oct. 14 Malala Yousafzai's story of courage and determination will always be as vivid in my mind as the picture taken in 1972 of the burned, naked little Vietnamese girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, fleeing her village after a napalm attack. When Kim Phuc reached safety, she asked for water; Malala, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman, is asking for the right for girls to receive an education. Are these requests unreasonable?
March 10, 2013 |
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting two years ago, on Friday was named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her work to reduce gun violence. Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been undergoing rehabilitation after being shot in the head during a public appearance in Tuscon on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died, including District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords' staffers; and the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager and Chicago Cubs general manager Dallas Green.
April 8, 1989
I found Howard Rosenberg's March 31 comments on the documentary "Letter From Palestine" very interesting ("A Powerful Portrait of the Palestinians"). He stated that it takes courage for KOCE Channel 50 to show this film and that some stations outside L.A. have refused to add it to their schedules. That courage is needed to give the Palestinian side of the West Bank conflict is frightening. If supporters of Israel have this much influence with TV programming, something is very wrong.
March 16, 2010 |
Seeking to build public pressure, President Obama traveled Monday to Ohio, where he urged Congress to act courageously and quickly pass his healthcare overhaul plan. Speaking at a rally before about 1,450 people, Obama perked up when someone in the audience interrupted his healthcare speech with a shout of 'We need courage!" "We need courage," Obama shouted back, to applause from the crowd. "Did you hear what somebody just said? That's what we need. That's why I came here today.
October 11, 2008
RE "Remembered for His Kindness," Oct. 6: I am not familiar with the work of writer-teacher David Foster Wallace nor can I speculate on the circumstances which led to his suicide by hanging. Susan Salter Reynolds' article mentioned depression and quoted from Wallace's memorial service that "He was in a terrible and dangerous place as a man and a writer." The article was poignant about the window light and cello music during the memorial. The article noted associates' memories of Wallace's kindness, integrity and an obligation to his readers.
September 13, 2012 |
The patriot-packaged "Last Ounce of Courage" has been made with the conviction of true zealots, but also the competence of amateurs. What starts as the forced but sincere tale of a small-town mayor (Marshall Teague) barely coping with his son's death in combat segues into the oddest of issue movies: a pitched harangue about that yearly yuletide culture-war controversy that Fox News likes to call "the war on Christmas. " Teague's eyes fairly burn with despair at the thought of Christmas decorations outlawed, a student with a Bible chastised by the principal and "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas.