September 10, 2004
Re "U.S. Toll in Iraq Reaches 1,000," Sept. 8: It is sad to know the death of even one U.S. serviceman in Iraq. But to those who say we do not belong there, I have this to say: The war in Iraq has nothing to do with spreading democracy. We have troops there to protect our economic interests. If our nation was not addicted to oil, we would not be there. As for the young servicemen who die there, they were not drafted. They voluntarily joined, knowing that they might be killed or wounded in the course of their employment.
April 8, 2004
The new workers' comp deal (April 3) is flawed because lawyers will still be involved in litigating fraudulent claims on behalf of their "injured" clients through networks of friendly medical specialists. Entire industries have been built on milking the system. Eliminate the lawyers from the system and we will have real reform. Henry Sakaida Temple City
December 18, 2001
Re "10 Held as INS Targets Visa Abuses," Dec. 13: Muslim activists complain about the recent roundup of Middle Easterners who have overstayed their visas, claiming that they are being profiled. When they signed the visa application they made a promise to the U.S. government to abide by the terms of the visa. By overstaying, they have broken their promise. Perhaps in other cultures and societies a promise is meaningless, but in American society, promises are expected to be kept. Henry Sakaida Temple City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000
Re "The Courts of Ethnic Identity," July 14: I read with disgust of the Community Youth Council's decision to kick a 13-year-old Latino kid off the Montebello Jets Corsairs basketball team because he wasn't of Japanese descent. When I was a kid, my friends and I were all colorblind and race made no difference. Leave it to the adults involved in Japanese American basketball leagues to send a hypocritical message to their impressionable children: It's OK for us to discriminate to preserve cultural identity, but it's not OK for others to discriminate against us!
April 14, 1996
Lawyers don't sue people; people sue people! HENRY SAKAIDA Rosemead
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1992
In response to "Splintered Society: U.S. Asians," July 13: I found the article overblown and quite amusing. I am an American of Japanese descent. Whenever people ask me if I am Japanese, Chinese or Korean, I answer: "No, I am an American!" My answer leaves them perplexed and embarrassed as they grope to clarify the question. Am I offended? Of course not! But I know others would be. Racial tension and longstanding enmities are not exclusive of Asian-Americans; take a good look around you. Lack of education and ignorance are partly to blame, but a good portion of it can be attributed to self-appointed ethnic spokespersons.