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George Wood

September 9, 1995
Re: "Christian College Challenges Rule" [Sept. 1]: The new rule forbidding football players from kneeling in prayer after a touchdown is a good one because it prevents the favoring of offensive players. Most linemen and defensive players spend their entire careers without scoring a touchdown. If we are to have personal religious displays by those who carry the ball, then those non-carrying players should also have their moment to kneel in thanks for having made a great block or tackle.
March 10, 1994
The usual justification for allowing street-corner, illegal alien day laborers is that they take jobs Americans don't want ("Toil and Trouble," March 6). Well, the jobs now going to illegal aliens are the same jobs that put me through high school and college. I worked as a laborer, busboy, farm worker, and other low-paying positions, and I was happy to have them. These entry-level jobs are now filled by adult illegals who work for random wages below the American scale. By returning illegal aliens back to their own countries, we will make these jobs again available to our jobless, frustrated youth.
June 4, 1997
Re "Out of the Mouths of Babes" (May 27): Laura Angelica Simon, who legally immigrated into the United States at age 6, is a true example of self-attainment under our school system. However, she is very wrong to use her U.S.-financed education for the purpose of supporting the education of children from other countries with U.S. tax money. GEORGE WOOD Malibu Kudos to Laura Simon. What an inspiration she is. She proves that Proposition 187 is a disaster. Think how much Latino talent is wasted, how much potential is unrealized because of discrimination.
May 8, 1999
I am completely baffled by the contradictions in Bill Plaschke's attitude. In the May 3 paper, he deplored the disappearance of humble legends like Elway and Gretzky, and the emergence of "tattooed instant superstars." And yet, every time he writes about the Lakers and the Jazz, he always paints the Jazz as "cheaters," "crybabies" and all-around "bad sports." The Lakers he praises as great young talent just trying to get a break. I suggest he take a look at Utah's Stockton, Hornacek, Bailey and Malone--humble, non-tattooed guys who have paid their dues, and compare them to the L.A.'s "instant superstars" Shaq, Kobe, Rice, Fox, etc. Where are his loud lamentations when it comes to what's happening in his own backyard?
January 16, 2000
Re: "For Women, the Game Is Afoot" (Jan. 10), to 15-year-old hunter Sarah Salukas, who says: "A lot of people are surprised when they learn I hunt deer, but no one has been negative about it." I say: Perhaps you haven't talked to the right people--like myself, who is disgusted, horrified and appalled that a young person would amuse herself by killing. To murder a young, healthy deer whose only crime is to be in the path of Sarah's arrow is obscene, criminal, totally unethical and a mockery of philosophical, religious, moral and just plain humane values.
Five men, including three Air Force sergeants, were arrested Tuesday and seven dogs were recovered from an illegal pit bulldog fighting ring, authorities said. Frederick Tate, 23, George Wood, 31, and Russell Joyner, 32, all staff sergeants at Edwards Air Force Base, were arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals, said Sgt. Patrick Hunter of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
May 25, 2000
Re: "It's a Curse" (May 11), it's ironic that the Southern California Living section printed an article about crude language and then failed to censure the use of a scatological word used in a cartoon ("Non Sequitur" by Wiley). This appeared on the comic page which, of course, would be read by children. In society, as a matter of courtesy, a smoker is expected to ask, "Do you mind if I smoke?" I would also expect a considerate person to ask, "Do you mind if I use profane and obscene language?"
January 27, 1994
The Times Westside article concerning the Santa Monica Methodist Church's plan to build multimillion-dollar apartment buildings and underground garages on church land valued at $7 million follows last month's purchase by Malibu's The Churches of Christ and Pepperdine University of a multimillion-dollar piece of property in Santa Monica. There's something wrong here. The Methodist Church, the Churches of Christ, and Pepperdine are all nonprofit, tax-free institutions. If they are profit-free, how can they afford to own, buy and build massive real estate holdings?
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