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April 4, 1993
Regarding "Back Before Punk Wore Flannel," by Jonathan Gold (March 7): "The awful Lovers of Today" is actually the song "Lovers of Today" by the wonderful group the Only Ones. Perhaps Gold isn't so keen on the track because the Only Ones actually knew how to write songs and arrange them and play their instruments. The Only Ones were heads and shoulders above their "D.I.Y." competition in so many ways, and their inclusion is valid. PETER HOLSAPPLE North Hollywood Holsapple is a member of the Continental Drifters and co-founded the dB's, who once opened for the Only Ones in New York.
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.
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.
April 24, 2004
Mansoor Ijaz (Commentary, April 20) argues that we need to get Muslims in Western Europe and the U.S. on our side in the war on terrorism by reaching out to them and including them in Neighborhood Watch programs, improving community outreach and appointing them to "sensitive defense, intelligence and foreign affairs postings." They aren't with us because they don't feel "included." Pobrecitos! Sounds decent and humane, but under the circumstances, when virtually all the terror in our world is being perpetrated by radical Muslims of various nationalities, isn't that like putting the cart before the horse?
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)
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