May 2, 2008 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, after watching a YouTube video showing poor barracks conditions at the Army's Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, said that what he saw was "appalling" and that all commanders must ensure that their troops have decent living quarters. "Soldiers should never have to live in such squalor," Gates said during a speech at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The video, put together by the father of an 82nd Airborne paratrooper, showed mold, peeling paint and broken plumbing fixtures in the Korean War-era barracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1991
The loss of Officer Tina Kerbrat was unfortunate and my deepest sympathy goes to her family. However, the recent comments made by Gates have outraged me. He has overstepped his boundaries. I never thought that Gates could surpass his stupid comment of "shooting all casual drug users." I guess I was wrong. It is hard to believe that a man in Gates' position could be so irresponsible to make such comments. I can understand the loss of a police officer is heartbreaking; however, to indict the Salvadoran community for the criminal actions of one individual is unacceptable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1999
So the rich folk in Coto de Caza have cast their votes against an elementary school behind their gates (March 4). It seems they don't want any hoi polloi on their side of the gates. Never mind that hundreds, probably thousands, of the "rest of us" are admitted daily to clean their homes, clean their pools, trim their lawns and look after their brats. Do these people feel a kinship with their guardians? Do they know the name of even one of their gatekeepers? Trust me--the rest of the world laughs at people who live behind gates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1994
I recently read the terrible news on the economic downfall that the Dana Point Harbor stores and restaurants have been experiencing since they installed the parking gates. I love it! I have lived in that area for over 20 years and was furious when they installed the gates. I decided I would not buy a thing from any of the stores or restaurants that are within the harbor area. It would be my own personal boycott, but after reading the article, it seems a lot of people have the same idea.
June 2, 2002
Re "Communities Say Keep Out--by Bluffing," May 28: We moved into a gated community after I stared a burglar in the eye. We were also tired of beer cans and liquor bottles being thrown on our lawn, and cars roaring by with mufflers blaring at all times of night. The constant stream of peddlers pounding on our door wore us down. We get none of that now. It is tomb-quiet behind our gates, and we love it. Our neighbors came here for the same reasons. People seem to think that they have a right to bother anybody anywhere.
March 9, 2011 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is not opposed to military action to protect rebels in Libya, including a no-fly zone, but he wants to explore the possible consequences of intervening in the crisis, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gates "has not staked out opposition to any particular course of action," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters traveling with Gates. Morrell was addressing questions about Gates' position on creation of a no-fly zone that have arisen since he warned Congress against "loose talk" of such a move and noted that any effort to patrol Libyan airspace would probably have to be preceded by a bombing campaign to neutralize its air defenses.
February 25, 2011 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned Friday that the U.S. should avoid future land wars like those it has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, but should not forget the difficult lessons it has learned from those conflicts. "In my opinion, any future Defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as General MacArthur so delicately put it," Gates said in a speech to cadets at West Point.
January 15, 2010 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that he has forwarded recommendations to the Army for disciplinary action against supervisors of the accused Ft. Hood shooter. An official familiar with the investigation said Thursday that five to eight Army officers are expected to face discipline for failing to take action against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over a series of behavioral and professional problems in the years leading up to the Nov. 5 rampage at the Army base in Texas. Gates declined to discuss specifics of the case against Hasan, citing the criminal investigation.
May 1, 2010 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress on Friday that he strongly opposes any immediate legislative attempts to repeal or alter the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gates supports the eventual repeal of the ban. But in a letter to the House Armed Services Committee, he said that before Congress acts, he wants the Pentagon to first finish its review of the effect of any potential changes and develop an implementation plan. Changing the law before the assessment is complete, Gates wrote, "would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns and perspectives do not matter on an issue with such a direct impact and consequence for them and their families."