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May 7, 1998
As a member of LAUSD's soon-to-be-eliminated Gay and Lesbian Education Commission, now being referred to as an "identity-based" commission, I am heartened by the optimistic picture being painted by Joe Hicks and Angela Oh (Commentary, May 4) regarding the formation of the new Human Relations Commission by the school board. Finally, there will be a vehicle by which school administrators who refuse to allow teachers to display district-approved materials during Gay Awareness Month can be informed that their actions are indefensible.
December 13, 1990
I read with interest and dismay the interview with Mortimer J. Adler on the "Great Books" list revision ("A Curmudgeon Stands His Ground," Dec. 3). The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is not the inclusion of books in lists, but the inclusion of culture, thought, and quality of character in people. Adler is represented in your interview as an insufferable, arrogant, bigoted pedant. If people become like him after a lifetime of reading the classics, I say let us do away with the classics.
March 5, 1996
We agree with Romy Wyllie ("Mainstreaming Can Hold Everybody Back," Commentary, Feb. 26): Students with disabilities need the "best training for life." But the separatist communities for the "handicapped" that she advocates surely work against that goal. How could a sheltered and artificial environment ever prepare children for an independent adult life? What will these children do when they turn 21 and there are no more special education classes? Of course inclusion presents more challenges for adults, as well as the disabled and nondisabled children.
January 27, 1990
I am no fan of Marie Osmond or country music, but I am extremely offended by a comparison made by Jim Washburn in his review of Osmond ("Osmond Gains Spark as a Country Girl") in the Jan. 17 Calendar. The article contained a reference to rapist-attempted murderer Lawrence Singleton, stating that only if he could ". . . wax a couple of Hank Snow tunes he could be hitching up his trailer at Opryland." If this is an attempt at humor, it not only misses the mark but denigrates everyone to whom the article refers.
November 30, 2001
Re "3 Women Sent to Meeting on Afghan Rule," Nov. 26: Since when have women been "granted rights to work" or to vote or do anything else? By whom? Men do not do the granting, just the excluding. No, women regained or reclaimed their right to work. A paltry three women among 26 in the delegation to Bonn? Perhaps we should grant men inclusion to talks only when they demonstrate that they can run their governments in a peaceful way. So far, their track record worldwide is dismal. Naomi Stephan Ojai Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks and others rightly condemn the forced seclusion, and sometimes rape, of women in Afghanistan ("After Bombs Must Come Civil Rights," Opinion, Nov. 25)
March 26, 2000
Re "Dylan Keeps a-Changin' With Times," March 13: I read your excellent review online. The two shows in Santa Cruz and two in Reno will make an even 80 for me, and I have to say that from 1995 on these are the best shows I've ever seen him do. The inclusion of new material and the "rerouting" of older songs makes it a no-brainer to see as many shows as possible. I've heard him say in interviews that just because the recorded cut happened to be performed while the tape was rolling doesn't necessarily make it the definitive version.
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