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January 20, 1991
Regarding Mark Epstein's defense of comedian Andrew Dice Clay (Letters, Jan. 6): Epstein implies that the "Diceman" speaks for all "straight white males . . . in the world today," and he complains, "If we're not being bashed by minorities and homosexual groups, we've got the feminists trying to emasculate us." He then adds that the Founding Fathers of our country were all SWMs, "despite their fondness for wigs." As a SWM who also believes in the rights of all minorities, I ask how can he be sure that every one of the Founding Fathers was a bona fide SWM?
October 13, 1999
Re "Religion on the Stump," editorial, Oct. 9: We forget that moral law cannot be separated from statute law. Without a moral code providing the foundation for rightly dividing right from wrong, statutory law does not make sense for everybody. A review of our nation's history shows that our founding fathers were trying to ensure the right to honor God's laws in our schools and government, not eliminate God from our lives. PAMELA PRATT Orange
July 11, 1996
Huntington Beach has an interesting way to celebrate America's Independence Day: suspend the Constitution. The very idea of sending police onto people's private property and arresting them for drinking beer (July 6) is outrageous and an insult to our Founding Fathers. What's next, going into people's houses and looking inside refrigerators? I hope the town goes bankrupt defending itself from illegal arrest lawsuits. DAVID A. LATHRAP San Diego
June 29, 2010 | By Johanna Neuman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called the conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died early Monday. He was 92. Byrd, who served longer and cast more congressional votes than any other member of Congress in U.S. history since taking office in January 1959, died at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., a family spokesman said. He was admitted to the hospital late last week with what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the high temperatures in the capital.
August 26, 1988
A state where only the police (and military) have guns is a police state. The same specious version of the Second Amendment presented in the editorial was taught to me in Minneapolis public schools. But when I studied American history at the University of Minnesota, specializing in the revolutionary period, I learned that what James Madison, Richard Henry Lee and the other Founding Fathers meant by militia cannot be substituted for by the regular armed forces or the national guard.
November 15, 2004
Re "Evangelicals Want Faith Rewarded," Nov. 12: If you ever wanted proof of the wisdom of the concept of the separation of church and state, you only need to read the pronouncements coming from the religious right after the Nov. 2 election. As religious as our founding fathers were, they showed exceptional wisdom in recognizing the potentially destructive power of personal religious beliefs unleashed as political power. As we live in a world being threatened by religious extremists, we can only hope that we don't become one of them.
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