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April 11, 2004
Patt Morrison's writings are always good and sometimes they are great. "No Apology, but a Lot of Sorry Excuses" (April 6) was superior. My mother taught me many years ago that it is never inappropriate to say "I'm sorry." What has happened to us? A person can't even say "I'm sorry" without some people immediately asking, "Why did he say that? What are his motivations? He must have an angle." The Rev. Lou Gerhardt Twentynine Palms
January 9, 2000
Re "Street Trees," Letters to the Valley Edition, Jan. 2. I am responding to Francine Oschin's letter concerning the city's street tree problem. As a resident of the San Fernando Valley, I am also very concerned about this problem and agree with much of what Oschin had to say. However, I was astounded to read that she, of all people, was complaining about the city being 17 years behind schedule for tree trimming when she, herself, works for Councilman Hal Bernson, a 21-year veteran of the City Council!
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."
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.
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."
June 22, 2005
Re "Minuteman Flap Leads to Home Search," June 18: The Garden Grove police apparently used a missing flashlight as an excuse to violate Theresa Dang's 4th Amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches, in order to chill the exercise of her 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and assembly. In so doing, and in using mounted officers to disperse a legal (if "raucous") May 25 protest against the anti-immigrant Minutemen, they trampled on the rights of us all. Their claim to be "applying the law equally" is just about as believable as the excuses we were given for going to war on Iraq.
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