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September 2, 1997
Now I know why we can't win the war on drugs. Half of our elected officials are on the stuff and the other half makes excuses for them. PETER W. VASILION Palos Verdes Estates
February 13, 2006 | Randye Hoder, RANDYE HODER is a writer in Los Angeles.
I WAS HANGING around this week at my son's elementary school, chatting with a group of parents as we waited to take our second- and third-graders on a field trip. Suddenly, one mom raced toward me and, nearly breathless, said, "You have to tell me about Glove Affair." "What's Glove Affair?" another mom asked. "It's a condom party for teenagers," the first mom replied before I could say a word.
March 9, 2010
Dear Amy: I recently visited my parents and my 27-year-old brother, who is living with them. He earned a dual degree in business and marketing in May and has been unemployed ever since. I asked him how he pays his bills with no job, and he told me "the magic bill-paying fairies" take care of it. Not only have my parents been paying his bills, but they also make excuses for why he doesn't have a job. They do not understand that they are stunting his growth by eclipsing his responsibilities.
May 15, 1992
Where has our President been . . . in the same supermarkets that do not have scanners? He is now reaching back to the Johnson Administration to make excuses for the social ills that have brought about civil unrest in Los Angeles. Mr. President, from which party and political philosophy were the last five of six presidents? Who has been in power in the White House for the past 12 years? Enough excuses and finger-pointing, Mr. Bush; let's get down to business, stop the political rhetoric and, for a change, address the realities of the day. Real people are suffering.
November 16, 2004
Re "Behind the Camp David Myth," Commentary, Nov. 12: Robert Malley's musings on the reasons why Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat might have turned down Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in July 2000 do not change the facts. Arafat had the opportunity to establish a viable, contiguous Palestinian state based on the Barak-Clinton offer, which would have fundamentally changed for the better the lives of the Palestinians. Arafat left Camp David without making a counterproposal or response to the Israeli offer, in effect turning his back on negotiations.
March 31, 1991
Just a note to say how much I appreciate the actions of your police chief and several of your policemen. Of course their actions and excuses are despicable, but think how much better it makes us in Birmingham, Ala., feel--well, just a little better--about our sins of the 1960s. OLIVER ROOSEVELT, Birmingham, Ala.
April 22, 2000
Hey, here's an idea. Instead of reporting all the tennis tournaments that the Williams sisters won't be playing in, why not just report the ones they will be playing? The list will be shorter and we won't be subjected to the endless array of lame excuses of two of the premier teenage head cases in tennis. JAMIE GOODMAN Los Angeles
February 14, 1992
It was refreshing to read about Mahony's proposal of an improved code for filmmaking. I admire his courage in coming out on this great need. Next day comes the wails of criticism from the writers and filmmakers' organization. Of course the only excuses they can offer for their low-grade output are "freedom of expression" and that it sells. Therefore the sponsors and viewers must share the blame. DOROTHY AXTELL Los Angeles
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