June 1, 2008
Re "For the dying, less can be more," Opinion, May 26 This Op-Ed article describes my experience as a nurse in the specialty of palliative care. Medical technology is there to support the dying until a crisis passes, not to sustain a patient with a limited chance of returning to his or her previous level of functioning. The key line in the article was, "And my family too finally understood that we could say no." It is imperative that patients and families ask questions, and know it is OK to say no. Diane Kirbis Toluca Lake Having an 85-year-old mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and whose health has been in rapid decline since a major stroke six years ago, I read with much interest Carol Mithers' article on the lengthy end-of-life phase of our times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1994
Re: Jan. 25 article "Earthquake Will Bring Metrolink to Camarillo." I am proposing that a better expenditure of $500,000 to $900,000 in FEMA funds would be construction of an airport terminal at Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Center. There is already a fully built and functioning Amtrak transportation center in Oxnard for people of Camarillo or Ventura. FERDINAND PINA Oxnard
December 13, 1987
Two important issues need to be addressed regarding the article "A Heartfelt Revolution" by Lynn Simross (Dec. 3). The subject was heart transplants at UCLA Medical Center. First, the long, stressful hours of the two coordinators of the heart transplant program, sometimes working 20-hour days and occasionally having to stay awake and functioning at the hospital for three days straight, does not a mentally competent, safely functioning individual make. When considering the monumental responsibilities of the coordinators as Simross related, the obvious expectation would be that the calmest, best prepared, most alert individuals would be in that position and that such an optimum state of functioning would be at all times assured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1998
As the parent of three young children, I am opposed to the current trend of holding teachers accountable for the poor performance of their students on standardized tests. If such low scores were followed up with an intensive addition of extra teachers and tutors to bring up the skills of low-functioning students, that would be great. I believe most of the low achievement in schools has to do with the low socioeconomic levels and language levels at home. I would like to see the students and parents held accountable rather than have the state government focus on teachers as the problem.
April 28, 1990
Regarding your coverage of the recent Long Beach Grand Prix and the young black participant, why don't you just report events as they happen? Good thing I wasn't in the race: You would have run out of words in your lead paragraph: The 5-foot-6, left-handed, bald, first-generation, Irish Caucasian Catholic, native Pennsylvanian, functioning alcoholic with an upper plate and a history of changing jobs... JOHN E. HAROLD San Dimas
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1990
This column only serves to focus our attention again on the great inconsistency of the abortion rights movement. Since the greatest consideration is the dignity or value of the unborn child (fetus), this discussion can only be carried on while the rights of unborn children are ignored. Specifically, how could an unborn child's brain cells after an abortion be of any use if they were not functioning effectively in the pre-born baby before the abortion? It all breaks down into an obvious assault on all the defenseless unborn children who cannot speak or act for themselves.