August 7, 1996
Ignore, for the moment, William Wilson's review of "The White House Collection of American Crafts" (" 'White House' Stands Too Much on Ceremony," Calendar, July 6). I take exception to the caption beneath the accompanying photo of Zachary Oxman's work. A "bronze, granite and marble cast with candles"? Have you never heard of a menorah? Perhaps the title of the piece, "A Festival of Light," could have given you a clue as to its strange and apparently bizarre use during Hanukkah? Mislabeling an object, whether ethnic, religious or merely decorative, does a disservice to your readers and to the ethnic group, religion and/or culture depicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1999
Is it Agustin Gurza's intent to make the Mexican American community just another ethnic group? His April 6 column certainly seems to imply that. Instead of his writing that the Serbs have captured three Americans, his thoughts were that they captured two of our own. What happened to Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone? Unfortunately for Stone, his ethnic background is English, and Gurza has no feeling for that ethnic group. The military is probably the most integrated organization in the United States.
March 30, 2014 |
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is fraud. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke U.S. interference, whatever the facts. A peaceful transition of power to a new president broadly accepted as legitimate by the Afghan people is essential for several reasons: to secure future Afghan stability; to maintain support for Afghanistan in the U.S. Congress; and, above all, to achieve a key strategic goal - that the nation does not again become a base for terrorism against the United States.
February 13, 1989
Here are ways that parents can help to prepare children to confront prejudice and discrimination. These suggestions have been compiled from resources listed on Page 28. 1. BUILD AND NURTURE YOUR CHILDREN'S SELF-ESTEEM EVERY DAY. Set aside a minimum of 10 minutes each day for uninterrupted, supportive time with them. Identify and praise their unique qualities. Build a minimum of 10 positives into your conversation every day.