CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1999
Thank you for doing your two-part series on "Trying to Permit Dying With Comfort and Dignity" (Oct. 15, 16), a valuable examination of a topic that needs a great deal of public exposure. However, I was disturbed by one portion of the articles: the implication that end-of-life care is often less pain-free, less comfortable and dignified in the confines of a hospital setting. This was certainly not my recent experience at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, where my husband died.
August 9, 2012
Re "'Barbaric' death, and a plea," Column, Aug. 5 Steve Lopez gives us another painful example of man's inhumanity to man. It's a shame California can't join Oregon, Washington and Montana in legalizing a more civilized and humane manner for ending our lives. As Lopez points out, progress is hindered mostly by religious organizations, primarily the Roman Catholic Church. The idea that suffering is noble is almost solely a religious contention, and when inflicted on everybody, it involves a clear violation of our Constitution's separation of church and state.
September 15, 2009 |
Though it was not his first film or even his breakthrough -- he'd already had that three years earlier with "Dirty Dancing" -- my favorite memory of Patrick Swayze came in 1990 with the romantic thriller "Ghost" with Demi Moore: He played a man whose love was so strong that, despite being gunned down in the street, he refused to leave this life until he knew she was safe. Like countless other women around the country, I suddenly wanted to buy a potter's wheel, slip into a guy's oversized white shirt and work with clay, the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" playing in the background.
April 15, 2012 |
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- President Obama said Sunday he would be angry if an internal investigation showed that Secret Service personnel were involved in misconduct while in Colombia because he expected his delegation to act with the "utmost in dignity and probity. " But as he closed a weekend meeting here with world leaders, Obama said he would wait until the investigation was done before passing judgment on the agents and officers, part of a team that he said performed "extraordinary work on a day-to-day basis protecting me, my family and U.S. officials.
February 26, 2011 |
His hands thick, the color of pewter, he bends steel rods in the city dust. "It's different being an Egyptian after the revolution," says Mohammed Mahmoud, sweating at the edge of a construction site. A boy laborer nods. A flash of metal brightens the dirt. "We gained our dignity back. " The revolts shaking North Africa and the Middle East are about many things, but the most potent is a yearning for respect after decades of repression and promises betrayed. Men like Mahmoud don't see the world in ideologies; they want to draw their pay and build their dreams.
May 10, 2004
It is laughable that when in Israel, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks about tolerance and human dignity (May 3), while at home in California he continues to pick on the most vulnerable members of our society -- the poor and disabled. If one is interested in really seeing what type of person Schwarzenegger is, take a good, hard look at his workers' compensation bill. It decimates the injured worker while guaranteeing even greater profits for the billion-dollar insurance industry, and even at the expense of California employers.