CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1992
Would the rioting and looting have taken place if the gang members and poor people had work and were paid for it? Aren't they simply hopeless, desperate and enraged? MANFRED KRUTEIN, Irvine
July 22, 2006
SAM SHEPARD'S play "The God of Hell," now at the Geffen theater, is a vision into a terrifying future wherein America, under the control of people like Bush and his crowd, has become a fascist society. At the performance I attended, a man jumped up from his seat and screamed at the actors: "Pigs!" "Lefty bastards," and other enraged epithets, continuing his tirade as he stomped out into the night. Although he was clearly one of them, he was exercising a civil right that we and Shepard are trying to protect for him. Irony, thy name is democracy.
February 24, 1996
I will miss Martin Bernheimer's criticism ("Times Critic Bernheimer to Leave After 30 Years," Feb. 15). He has frequently amused me, occasionally enraged me, often educated me . . . but never bored me. PHIL PETTY Newport Beach We are sorry that Martin Bernheimer is leaving The Times, but we realize that 30 years is a long time to be in such a demanding position. We have enjoyed his definitive reviews and commentaries (sometimes agreeing, and disagreeing at other times)
January 17, 2002
There is something fundamentally perverse about a society in which one woman needs $320,000 per month for child support ("Child Support Case Lifts Covers on Lifestyle of Rich," Jan. 14) and another is forced to sell a video for $3 to buy macaroni and cheese to eat that day ("Homeless, Helpless, Hopeless," Jan. 12). While millions in L.A. County and the nation struggle to pay for food, shelter and some amenities for themselves and their children, the rich gorge themselves in an orgy of consumption that rivals France in 1789.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1993 |
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
March 10, 1985 |
Pleas of not guilty because of insanity are commonplace in courts of law these days, but John Paul Jr. may have a new defense plea: not guilty by reason of fright. Paul, 25, one of America's most promising young race car drivers, will answer charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Fla., that he was a member of a marijuana smuggling ring headed by his father, John Paul Sr., 45.