May 13, 2003
Re "Door Opened for New Era of Nuclear Arms," May 10: A U.S. Senate panel, under Republican control, has approved the development of "a new generation of nuclear weapons." Why do I now feel less secure, especially when these weapons are supposed to buy Americans greater security? Perhaps it is the knowledge that civilizations rise and fall. That over-investment in the military is a sign of a civilization's collapse. And when the American empire falls, what a horrible crash it will make.
May 23, 2009
Re "Survivor of Dachau worked tirelessly to assist Soviet Jews," Obituary, May 18 Thank you for remembering Si Frumkin. A former Soviet Jewish refugee, I met Si in the early 1980s, during the decade that witnessed relentless Soviet Communist onslaught and the subsequent demise of the dysfunctional empire. Si exerted tremendous efforts to help Soviet Jews escape the bleak realities and stark anti-Semitism of the Soviet Union (thus ripping the Iron Curtain his own way), but he was also sympathetic to the cause of freedom throughout the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1987
The Iran- contra hearings make it so obvious that we are being led by a bunch of liars that one can only say the nation is getting what it deserves. The trouble is that the rest of the world doesn't deserve what this nation is doing to it. It's time to put an end to just being ashamed of ourselves and to begin to change our ways. The first thing to change is the policy which is at the bottom of the whole debacle. Our leaders are trying to decide, by hook or crook, how people in another country, Nicaragua, should be governed.
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died Tuesday night at age 86, was a fixture on the American cultural landscape for so long that it seems hard to imagine our literature without him. From 1946, when his first novel, "Williwaw," became one of the first to evoke World War II in fiction, through the publication of his final memoir, "Snapshots in History's Glare," in 2009, Vidal was ubiquitous: a writer and a social critic, a talk show guest and raconteur. A product of the American aristocracy - his grandfather was Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore - Vidal wrote literary fiction and potboilers, worked in Hollywood (most notably on MGM's 1959 production of "Ben-Hur")
February 7, 2008
Re "Bush's budget swells deficit," Feb. 5 Regarding President Bush's proposed increases in military spending and decreases in health benefits for the elderly: At some point, the military will be so rich and the domestic quality of life so poor that the military won't have any citizens left to defend. They'll all be poor, sick or employed in foreign countries. Nancy Kiang Irvine -- The article on Bush's new budget makes the important point that it will result in a devastating doubling of the deficit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1990
President Bush's support of the $1-billion credits to aid the Soviet Union is nothing less than support for a Communist dictatorship and the Soviet empire created by aggression and maintained by a brutal force. It is clear who will benefit, especially when it was announced in advance that the KGB, whose hands are still red from the Georgian massacre, will be put in charge to administer such aid. What is the difference between Saddam Hussein who occupied Kuwait and Gorbachev who insists on continuing the occupation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia?
December 2, 2000
Thanks to Mike Penner [Nov. 24] for dredging up old memories of the L.A. Rams' playoff rivalry with the Minnesota Vikings. Any die-hard Ram fan old enough to remember those games probably felt the chill of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington while reading Penner's column. I'll never forget The Times' caption below the photograph of a dejected Roman Gabriel after the 1969 loss: "The fall of Roman's empire." I'd rather go without a team here than witness the birth of the Los Angeles Vikings.
February 28, 1999
As a recent arrival from the U.K., I was amused to see Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times of London described as "prestigious" ("Rupert Murdoch Conquers L.A.," by James Bates, Jan. 31). It might have been so once, but it certainly isn't anymore, as any Brit will tell you. I hope your editors--or owners, shareholders or whoever--will ignore his advice to make the Los Angeles Times more parochial. Catherine Atherton Claremont Mike Piazza is not, as Murdoch said, "that guy who asked for 20 million bucks a year."