April 5, 1993
Open letter to Gil Cates: Entertainers and others in the spotlight are constantly exploited for their celebrity, and they are always asked to appear and speak at public events for the benefit of others. Therefore, we find it surprising and hypocritical that Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere are being criticized and censored for stating their beliefs in a concise and open manner. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the views expressed by Robbins, Sarandon or Gere, we'd like to remind Cates that the First Amendment also applies to entertainers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1985
The Constitution is the wisest instrument of government the Earth has ever known. If America is to endure as a free republic as ordained by it, Presidents, Supreme Court justices, and other public officers must do what they have sworn to do, that is, support it. Recognizing these truths, I spent my major efforts during my 20 years as a senator from North Carolina trying to persuade government to obey the Constitution. Despite my admiration for President Reagan, I am constrained by my duty to our country to assert that what he says, does, and advocates in respect to religion shows that he does not understand the religious clauses of the First Amendment and how obedience to them is essential to the preservation of the religious freedom they are designed to secure to all Americans of all faiths.
April 5, 1986
Mac O'Grady's outspoken criticism of Deane Beman and his policies in no way merits an exorbitant fine and up to 12 weeks suspension. Did he ever hear of the First Amendment? I have the right to criticize Beman and vice versa. Because of that criticism, does he have the right to fine me? But, he says he has the power to fine and suspend O'Grady. If he does, then Deane Beman is a czar and should be penalized for bad judgment. W.J. SHAFFNER Encino
March 28, 1989 |
Beleaguered best-selling author Salman Rushdie may have rallied broad support among Western nations, but at least some of his work would not qualify as being decent enough to be read over the air under current federal broadcast standards, according to the Pacifica Foundation, a longtime champion of First Amendment rights. The Los Angeles-based foundation, which operates KPFK-FM (90.
September 29, 1994 |
Well, it seems S.1822 turned out to be a wrong number after all. But now that pernicious parochialism has finally disconnected congressional efforts to upgrade America's ancient telecommunications laws, what rules will govern tomorrow's information highways? Will the essential document still be the Communications Act of-- can you believe it? --1934? The perennial Judge Harold Greene and the antitrust consent decree that dismembered Ma Bell?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1991
Concerning the March 1 article headlined "Father Sues Scouts for Expelling Twin Sons": Doesn't look like they will ever make the God and Country Award. BILL LYNDE, Cypress