December 31, 2003
Updated version of the pledge: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the red and blue states of America and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under surveillance, with liberty and justice from President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, et al. Bud Fink Carpinteria
October 13, 2002
Amanda Jones, in her article "Fall in Cowboy Country" (Sept. 22), reported that Grand Teton means "large breast" in French, and the mountains were named by French Canadian trappers who were reminded of the female anatomy when they saw them. Is U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft aware of this? He'll have a terrible time draping spires reaching 13,770 feet. Samuel M. Rosen Newbury Park
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001
OK, let me get this straight. U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said that federal prosecutors are less likely to pursue the death penalty against eligible blacks and Latinos than against whites, but nearly 80% of defendants in federal capital cases are minorities ("No Bias Seen in U.S. Death Sentences," June 7). In other words, odds of 4 to 1 add up to less likely? Ashcroft should take up a second career in bookmaking. S. Kenneth Kawano Culver City
April 22, 2002
Re "U.S. Cannot Block Oregon Suicide Law, Judge Rules," April 18: On April 17 U.S. District Judge Robert Jones ruled that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft had no business in determining the pain and suffering a terminally ill person must endure to assuage his particular form of guilt (actually a common right-wing trait) in dealing with death. Ashcroft and his ilk love to tell other people how they must spend their last days and cut them no slack, even if these dying persons are in deep pain.
May 30, 2002
Re "Agency Won't Back Off Assisted Suicide Ruling," May 25: Justice Department lawyers declared that there is not "a legitimate medical purpose" to physician-prescribed suicide, which Oregon voters passed as law on two separate occasions. The law prescribes that two physicians must concur that death is imminent, within six months, and the patient must be of sound mind. What about a legitimate humanitarian purpose? It seems that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft has his own agenda regarding states' rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2001
Re "Justice Dept. to Tighten Focus on Terrorism," Nov. 9: In speaking of Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, a Democratic aide complains, "Too little is known right now about what the attorney general has in mind" concerning Justice Department reorganization. We do know that he has recently attacked the publicly mandated rights of the dying in Oregon, and we know that he has consistently ignored domestic terrorist threats against women's clinics. What is there about this agenda that we don't understand?