July 24, 1987
Congratulations to Allan Parachini on his expose of legalized euthanasia in the Netherlands ("The Netherlands Debates the Legal Limits of Euthanasia," July 5). Opponents of euthanasia in this country make frequent reference to the dangers of the "slippery slope" that would be created by legalization, while advocates dismiss the slippery-slope argument as purely theoretical, as nothing more than a scare tactic of fanatical right-to-life groups. The Netherlands are presently doing the rest of the world the favor of demonstrating the reality of that slippery slope.
March 26, 1989
I feel compelled to write after viewing only a few minutes of probably the most demented show on television, "Freddy's Nightmares." I am horrified our society has allowed TV to sensationalize and glorify suffering, perversion and mutilation. I truly enjoy the horror classics--Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy. These movies left much to the imagination, yet still thrilled and chilled. Freddy is a psychotic mutilator who only fuels sick and misguided minds. It's time to draw the line.
May 12, 2007
Re "6 charged in plot to strike Army base," May 9 I am a practicing, proud American Muslim and want to distance myself from whoever is making these senseless, cowardly threats against the innocent. These people do not represent Islam but are practicing their own demented ideals. I feel that the media should not play into their hands and give them their moment of glory by identifying them as Muslims and furthering their cause, whatever it may be. They definitely do not represent Islam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996
The June 23 op-ed article by the Huntington Beach City Council members, Ralph Bauer and Shirley Dettloff, against hate crimes resonated in my ears, and sets a profound example for the rest of America at a crucial time like this. Let's admit it: Almost 30 years after the civil rights movement, instead of rebuilding to ameliorate our differences, we are, sadly, dismantling it. Toward that goal even the mostly conservative justices of the Supreme Court are doing a great job, and most extremists, elated by the court's message, are having a wild party.
January 25, 2009
I just wanted to thank you for a good, well-written article on Prince ("My Night With Prince," Jan. 11). I don't think I'm a typical fan. I missed him in the '80s when I was listening to Buddhist chants in my painting studio, but he crossed my path in 2004 when I was in treatment for breast cancer. My friends thought I was a little demented, so I had a hard time explaining why his music made me laugh and how much pleasure I got from his multilayered tunes. Whenever I couldn't sleep and chemo was bothering me, or when I was just feeling blue, I could play Prince and feel better.
July 24, 2004
With the critical issues facing Americans -- the war in Iraq, terrorism, the economy, civil rights -- who cares if George Bush looks like Howdy Doody, or John Kerry has the emotional connect of a brick wall ["Read His Lips, Not His Face," by Paul Brownfield, July 19]? Personally, I think Dick Cheney looks like a demented corner druggist and John Edwards resembles a slick PR operative. But that has absolutely nothing to do with their respective credentials to serve as vice president, and that won't determine my vote this November.