November 6, 1994
Re "Collecting Controversy" (Oct. 19): I suppose I must respect whatever choices African Americans make when dealing with the racist caricatures of the past. However I can't help but question the motives of the many whites who buy and sell such material, and I wonder that Lynell George's article did not mention this aspect of the issue. Perhaps the implications were simply too disturbing. I fear that for children growing up in white households where these degrading images are displayed--not for historical perspective or any such lofty purpose, but for their entertainment value--the past is now. MARIA RAINES Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1987
Who is really sabotaging democracy in Haiti? In your editorial you state that "The junta, it is clear, bears the chief responsibility for the brutal betrayal of Haitian hopes." Unfortunately, and typically, this is a short-sighted opinion without much historical perspective. Many years of U.S.-sponsored dictatorships has left a country ill-prepared for democracy. Four-fifths of all Haitians are illiterate. Clean water is available to only 23% of the population. Haitians are the poorest people in this hemisphere and half the population is unemployed.
November 7, 2002
Re "Get a Handle on Casinos," editorial, Nov. 4: Given the history of Native Americans' treatment by settlers, miners, missionaries, land speculators, ranchers, oilmen and local, state and federal governments, you must have a broken sense of irony to complain of the "uncontrolled effects of casino construction and expansion on local communities." A little inequity in the tribes' favor does not seem such a bad thing, given the historical perspective. Greg Dziewit San Diego It's a sad lesson that our political system has taught to the Native Americans: Either contribute large sums of money to politicians or remain marginalized.
August 28, 2004
Re " 'A New Day' for Two Congregations," Aug. 24: As an Episcopalian, I find the slide into conservatism deeply disturbing. The church was once the thinking man's church. What happens now? Do we return to the thinking of the Middle Ages? It seems to me that conservatism, orthodoxy and literalism leave no room for thought or discussions from a historical perspective. They stifle progress. Consider the very primitive nature of the peoples of the Old Testament, in particular. They were not long out of the caves and the trees.
September 3, 2006
I saw Lewis Segal's piece in The Times about "Tap" and wanted to thank him for the coverage ["Fingers Go Tap, Tap, Tap," Aug. 27]. I ran the Added Value dept. at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that produced the supplemental content for that disc ["Tap"], and it was a labor of love. While I knew that the sales potential wouldn't rival some of our bigger titles, I felt that from a historical perspective it was important to document as best we could this essential art form. I had, in fact, run into Gregory Hines on the Sony lot and spoke with him about providing extra material for "Tap" and "White Nights."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1988
No, it wasn't the near-Arctic temperatures we've been having lately here in the Southland that chilled me this morning--it waW. McGarry's Around the Valley piece (Jan. 20). Manifest Destiny is alive and well, it seems, smoldering in the hearts of such citizens as McGarry. Reading that ringing prose of his, we are almost persuaded to forget the cost of conquest, the humiliation and impoverishment of those who've had to prop up our pretensions to superiority. McGarry tips us off with a wink to Lt. Col. Oliver North, who, like the adventurer John C. Fremont, "had to deny what he was really doing, but he knew what the President wanted."