CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1991
In response to Hans Magnus Enzensberger's column "Like Hitler, His Enemy Is the World" (Commentary, Feb. 14): I found myself asking the question "and how about us Americans?" If Saddam Hussein's basic guideline is self-preservation, how about us Americans? Is not preserving the American way of life a significant reason for what we are doing in the Gulf War? If his enemy is the world, and his desire is to die last, how about us Americans? Is not our plan to destroy his army as much as possible through technological weaponry, without real knowledge of the loss of civilian life involved, our main priority being the saving of American lives?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1992
The look on the face of Joshua Crain ("Devil of a Summer Camp," July 31) told the whole story. How could that burly Marine frighten a youngster so much trying to get him to jump from a 35-foot tower? Thank goodness he had the courage to say no. I guarantee you, Josh will carry the memory of fright and humiliation for years to come. The Times didn't help the situation by running a close-up picture of his terrified face and the statement "he didn't jump." I have two grandchildren, 4 and 6 years old, who ride the big waves at Newport Beach.
April 20, 1986
What have we accomplished with this act of violence? 1--The threat of terrorism looms greater now than before forinnocent people around the world. 2--The Libyan people are more united as a group, and Kadafi will acquire more support as anti-U.S. sentiment grows. 3--We have alienated ourselves from our allies, who had made clear their opposition to U.S. military action against Libya. These are the costs that we pay for the feeling of "satisfaction" that we allegedly gain by retaliating militarily for past humiliation.
February 14, 2004
Regarding the article about William Hung ("Off-Key, On the Map," by Shawn Hubler, Feb. 6), you inadvertently reveal a judiciously maintained but rather obvious secret, that Hung, like every other candidate for "American Idol," went through a careful selection process before ever facing the draconian judging panel of Simon, Paula and Randy. One can't help assume, having heard Hung attempt to sing, that his original auditioners knew perfectly well they were slipping in a dud to spice up the show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1994
In reading your story "Swat Leads to Discrimination Complaint Against Professor," (June 10) I too felt a rush of humiliation and rage. As an African American father of four, my humiliation was at the fact that (Keary Johns) willingly placed himself in such a compromising position because he was "in a bind" of his own doing. My rage was because rather than accept responsibility for his actions, he set out to blame everyone but himself for what resulted. (Johns) was not stripped of his manhood, he willingly sacrificed it when he chose to compromise his bare backside in pursuit of a grade and a diploma.
September 27, 1985 |
Michael O'Harro admits it's unusual to sue a hotel for $50,000 because of his claim that Barbara Sinatra threw him out of the inaugural party she was hosting there. But then, O'Harro is an unusual fellow, who tells an unusual story. Here it is: Before attending the ultra-exclusive Sinatra party last January, O'Harro--a Los Angeles native and owner of a Georgetown singles bar--had thought of everything.
June 9, 2004
Marc Sageman argues that terrorists can be defeated only by attacking their ideas, by altering "Muslims' perception that their interests are hostile to the West" (Opinion, June 6). We must, he says, engage them on "the battlefield of interpretations." That certainly beats the prevailing idea that we can defeat terrorists by killing them all. But what if the jihadist imagination is fired by what the headline of Jessica Stern's insightful piece (on the same page) calls "a caldron of humiliation"?