November 6, 2004
The low road was taken to defeat Proposition 66 when bald-faced lies were used at the last minute, giving supporters no time to refute them. What lies? (1) That any murderers would be released. The sentence for murder is a minimum of 15 years to life and has nothing to do with three strikes. If there were a three-strikes conviction, it was after the first life sentence for murder. (2) That 26,000 would be freed, including two-strikers who were not part of the proposition. In fact, only 4,000 were eligible for review and possible resentencing.
June 13, 2004
With all the interest in having Ronald Reagan on our money, why not kill two birds with a single stone. The mint has tried three times to introduce a practical dollar coin, only to have it fail to gain public usage. How about we replace Sacajawea with Reagan's friendly grin. It would help to stop printing paper ones. This has always evoked a hue and cry, but the idea of a pocketful of smiling "Ronnies" might just turn the trick. Ken Pinkham San Juan Capistrano Let's get over the rash hysteria of suggesting changes of names on buildings, places and money to "Ronald Reagan."
March 17, 2002 |
British playwright David Hare calls "The Blue Room" "sort of an encyclopedia of defensive and offensive strategies that people use in the pursuit of love. What we feel about someone before we make love to them and what we feel after. What survives and what gets wrecked between desire and fulfillment." What survives in this case is a play best known for actress Nicole Kidman's brief onstage nudity during its initial productions in London and New York in 1998.
October 10, 2001 |
The "Missing" fliers went up first, as desperate relatives brought photocopied head shots to hospitals and other places where they hoped to find loved ones alive. Within days, there was a "Wall of Prayers" outside Bellevue Hospital and a "Mural of Hope" outside the Lexington Avenue armory, each with hundreds of photos of World Trade Center workers in wedding tuxedos, or graduation gowns, or by the swimming pool.
November 22, 2000 |
Within hours of the judicial ruling upholding the validity of manual recounts, Republicans launched a full-scale attack on Florida's Supreme Court. As a result, the already heated debate over who actually won the 2000 presidential election may now take on another deeply divisive coloration--a debate over judicial legitimacy. In their unanimous opinion, the court's seven justices, six of whom are Democrats, had seemed to go out of their way to protect themselves against precisely that issue.
November 9, 2000 |
This year's national title race is officially in the hands of the computer nerds, a coup d'etat for every Poindexter who ever sought revenge on a jock. Have you checked out the bowl championship series standings, college football's mind-numbing equivalent of the electoral college? Oklahoma is No. 1 this week, followed by Florida State at No. 2 and Miami No. 3. If form holds, there's a good chance Oklahoma and Florida State will meet in the Jan.