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May 30, 2008 | Edward Humes, Edward Humes is the author of "Over Here: How the GI Bill Transformed the American Dream" and, most recently, "Monkey Girl."
MORE THAN a few people have been puzzled by Sen. John McCain's dogged opposition to the updated GI Bill of Rights now before Congress. The dissonance between McCain's military-man image and his actions on this issue have introduced a jarring note to his presidential aspirations -- and have highlighted the shoddy treatment many Iraq war veterans have received. Why would a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, a man who is personally acquainted with the difficulties vets can face in returning to civilian life, join President Bush in opposing a popular bipartisan bill to support the troops?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990
I read with interest the words of Ellsberg, Martin, Robert Hunter and Rosen. To Martin, a young man not old enough to remember Vietnam, and Hunter, a gentleman who can: Your points make the most sense. To Ellsberg and Rosen, bull. If we wait out the embargo, the only lives in jeopardy are our hostages and those of other nations, along with those Kuwaitis left behind. We hated Iran for taking hostages. We wish we could go into Lebanon and retrieve the hostages held by terrorists.
OPINION
June 3, 2008
Re "McCain's attack on vets," Opinion, May 30 John McCain's commitment to veterans and services to support them is second to none. Regarding the current GI Bill proposal that recently passed the Senate, Edward Humes fails to understand that McCain and others proposed a bill that is better for veterans, better for military retention and is transferable to spouses or children. McCain's bill acknowledges, as do sponsors of Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) bill, that the Webb bill provides a substantial incentive for just one enlistment, which could deprive the military of candidates for extremely necessary non-commissioned officers (NCOs)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1985
Miriam Schumacher, who took over Southwestern University at her husband's death in 1944 and developed it into one of the largest accredited law schools in California, has died at age 89 in a West Los Angeles convalescent home. Mrs. Schumacher, widow of John J. Schumacher Sr., who founded Southwestern in 1911, had officially retired in 1967 but remained a school trustee emeritus.
NEWS
December 8, 1985
I enjoyed Ann Japenga's article on Pancho Barnes. It has fond memories for me as I still have my Happy Bottom Riding Club card in with some of my souvenirs. I was a young aircraft technician working on experimental planes at Edwards base during the years 1948 to 1950 and the club was the only oasis to go swimming in the hot summer and relax by the fireplace at night in the cold winter and listen to old tunes being banged out on the rickety piano. I was taking flight training on the GI Bill using Pancho Barnes' field for practice.
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