June 28, 1992
What is wrong with you, Los Angeles? Why are you trying to rebuild the city without using residents of the riot area? My father is a general contractor. He is also an African-American. He has faced racism for 40 years in his profession and has survived. No one in the black community wants to hear that after 40 years he is unqualified to do work in his community. We are tired of excuses. We want results. Face it Los Angeles, if you want peace, if you want to rebuild, then you must incorporate some brown faces into the program.
June 6, 1987
As a Yankee fan, I take a lot of heat for George Steinbrenner's occasional irrational acts, but I also know that each season he is going to do whatever is within his power to put a competitive team on the field in the best division in baseball. Gary Ward, signed as a free agent, and Charles Hudson, acquired in a trade, have helped the Yankees compile the best record in baseball, as of this writing. Now let's turn to the Dodgers. Last year, while the club faltered, the Dodger propaganda machine churned out 5 million excuses, while 3 million lemmings made their pilgrimage to Dodger Stadium.
May 1, 1988
The comments of Alice Ovsey and Susan Landau and the lame excuses of Mary Jane Jacob and Earl Powell reflect the insidious and pervasive prejudice that characterizes the relationships between liberal white folks and Chicanos in this city. As a Harvard- and USC-educated psychologist and researcher, I am intimately acquainted with all the great excuses: "The good ones will make it anyway" or "We just can't find any qualified people to apply" or "They just don't want to apply here because we don't have the right atmosphere for them."
September 30, 1995
USC Coach John Robinson complained that the three players accused of accepting money from agents are the only ones who face the consequences. The agents get off scot-free. My question to Robinson: Why should anything happen to the agents? They were just doing their jobs. They didn't break any laws. They weren't bound by NCAA rules. Quit making excuses, John! Athletes at universities with big-time programs in football and basketball have been pampered all their lives. They are arrogant, egotistical and taking up classroom space that could be used by people who really want an education.
June 14, 1997
When will the NBA and the sports-minded public say "enough is enough" to the antics of Dennis Madman . . . uh, Rodman? The monetary fines imposed mean nothing to the egomaniacal jerk! He decides to head for Vegas in the middle of playoffs and is excused by comments such as "Dennis will do what Dennis wants to do." He makes a derogatory remark about Salt Lake City Mormons and, after being fined, apologizes, using the royal "we." To top it all, Bull Coach Phil Jackson excuses Rodman by saying, "He may not even know it's a religious cult or sect or whatever it is."
December 22, 1985
Proposition 13 was designed to help people save their homes because taxes were out of control! Now that we have a state lottery, "they" have no excuses for poor schools, etc., so now they yell, "unfair!" Proposition 13 was designed to help young couples and old people keep their homes. Old people do not sell and move from house to house and many young couples with children do not like to move and take their children out of school and away from friends. Your contention that the stay-puts are making it hard for others to buy a home is a joke.
December 25, 2003
With regard to "My Punctuality Is Killing Me" (Dec. 4), I think I can top Paul Brownfield's stories of excuses for tardiness. Today at my health club, our aerobics instructor arrived at class 15 minutes late and told the assembled 12 women that she was late because "she got caught in a line at Coffee Bean." When some of us incredulously if she thought that was a legitimate excuse, she answered obliviously that, yes, she really was caught in a line. We tried to tell her that perhaps she could teach the class without her giant latte, but it seemed to go over her head.
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.