November 21, 1987
It's a sad commentary that Howard Rosenberg, despite his facility with the English language, lacks the compassion to have been "touched" by "Heartstrings." The trio's person-to-person approach to the heartbreaking tragedy of the people of El Salvador and Nicaragua was immeasurably more meaningful than a two-sided erudite presentation. The tears shed by the performers and the interpreter came from the heart; and the sincerity and shame at the U.S. government's role are of the same quality that made the Peter, Paul and Mary symbols of hope in the '60s.
March 6, 2006
With a wave of his magic pen and one shallow paragraph worth of history, Jonah Goldberg has decreed America's black-white race relations solved by the 9/11 tragedy (Opinion, March 2). Additionally, Goldberg flippantly writes: "President Bush's decision to drop quotas as a reliable GOP punching bag cooled tempers, too." That The Times gives so much space to this caliber of thinking flies in the face of recent realities, such as the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, which not only exposed the reality of poor black America and the state of "black and white" inequalities, it equally exposed the Jonah Goldbergs and their intelligence-insulting commentaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1985
Bravo to Ted Vollmer on his article, "Anti-AIDS Forces Fire at Supervisors," and bravo to Bruce Decker, co-chairperson of the AIDS Advisory Committee. Vollmer's article brought me a mixture of emotions. I felt livid at the incredible ignorance and tunnel vision of elected officials such as Schabarum. However, I also felt excessively elated at Dr. Martin Roth's statement, that anyone who thinks that the purpose of the educational pamphlets, regarding drug use, was to promote drug use, "is a fool"!
May 29, 1991
I see where Dianne Klein is making another attempt to write about something more serious than her usual social dabblings. Generally speaking, a public school teacher has the right to present both the "evolutionary theory" of biology and the "purposeful design," or what Klein cynically refers to as "creationism." Peloza also has the right to express his personal preferance, especially if asked. There is "scientific evidence" for and against both of them. By the same token, a student has the right to express an opinion--but not the right to libel or slander someone, including a teacher.
March 31, 2005
The March 29 article, "Justices Refuse to Shield Reports of False Charges," portends a major setback for freedom of the press. A reporter is just that, a reporter of events that occur in our country or town or to our people and politicians around the world. If somebody says something, it is in fact said, regardless of whether that statement in itself is true or false. To punish a reporter for reporting any statement that has in fact been said is the real crime and goes against the basic premise of our vaunted and essential freedom of the press in this country.
April 30, 1989 |
You can't help but notice it when you walk into the dimly lit dining room. Its bright lights and shiny surfaces seen through tinted glass cast an eerie glow; like the blue-gray flicker of a TV set in a darkened living room, it demands to be watched. Those who have heard about the half-million dollar price tag attached to this kitchen can ogle knowingly at the expanse of stainless steel--on burner hoods, on counter sides, even on the ceiling. Also on display: the chefs. One tends the flames of a steak on the grill, another stands watch over sauces on the burners.
February 24, 1995 |
When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board and spilled his blood into the pool at the 1988 Olympic Games, did he have an obligation to disclose to doctors who treated him and to other athletes using the pool that he was HIV-positive?
November 29, 1993 |
Hidden from view in a bucolic grove about 20 miles from Baton Rouge, La., the only operating leper colony in the continental United States has been Jose Azaharez's home for a quarter of a century. "This is all I have in the whole world," said Azaharez, a former welterweight boxer from Cuba who was diagnosed with the disease in the 1950s and is now marginally disfigured. "If I had to leave here, where would I go? Who would I stay with? This is the only home I know."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 |
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
December 11, 1988 |
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.