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October 8, 1988
Your editorial "A Matter of Principle" in support of the ACLU could not be more incorrect in its basic philosophy (Sept. 28). You state that you "cannot imagine any idea . . . more American" than maximum individual rights. However, our modern democratic society is ultimately based on the sacrifice of some individual rights in order to sustain and protect the collective whole--a concept stated by Thomas Hobbes over 300 years ago. I do not see anything American about legalization of drugs, public sexual solicitation, the Nazi Party, or, for that matter, furloughs for convicted murderers.
October 6, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Southern Californians with a taste for politics or public policy probably know Erwin Chemerinsky best as the reliably liberal voice in countless left-right radio and television debates about timely legal questions or as a key contributor to Los Angeles charter reform efforts. Far fewer will be familiar with his day job as an influential legal scholar ? author of a widely used textbook on the Constitution and professor of that subject at USC, Duke and, most recently, UC Irvine's School of Law, where he is also founding dean.
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The former guerrilla leader who is likely to become Namibia's first president promised to protect individual rights and said that he might establish a one-party political system. Sam Nujoma, leader of the leftist South-West Africa People's Organization, also said he will try to avoid dealings with the white-run government in South Africa, which is ceding control of Namibia after a 74-year rule. Nujoma said English will become the sole official language of Namibia's government and schools.
September 12, 1991 | TIMOTHY S. BISHOP, Timothy S. Bishop is a Chicago attorney who served as a law clerk to former Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan
Liberals prepared to take the long view of the Supreme Court's development of constitutional protection for individual rights can find one bright side to the nomination of Clarence Thomas. To be sure, if Judge Thomas is confirmed, his rulings will predictably continue the court's conservative trend. But that would be true of anyone on the Administration's short list of candidates.
December 26, 1991
In response to "The Bill of Rights: An Orphan Document" (Opinion, Dec. 15): The Times is to be commended for two separate but philosophically related articles. Richard Rodriguez's article ("A Legal Fix for Private Failure") correctly defines the Bill of Rights as a delineation of individual rights against the power of the state. Individual rights and the accompanying responsibility are two sides of the same coin. That is nowhere more clear than in the matters of personal health.
September 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
A California state senator who's asking U.S. Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to mount a review of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says, "This isn't about Lance Armstrong. " Sen. Michael Rubio (D-East Bakersfield) and 22 other state senators signed a letter delivered to Feinstein and Boxer on Tuesday asking them to request that the Office of National Drug Control Policy conduct a “comprehensive review” of the agency that stripped champion cyclist and cancer survivor Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.
February 18, 1996
Walter Cronkite is no more the last trustworthy man in America than he is the first ("The Death of Trust," by Verne Gay, Jan. 21). History tells us that our government is working as well today as it ever has. Cronkite is disillusioned with the imperfections in our national life, but they have always been there. Demagogues are nothing new (remember John Brown?), and there have always been those who want to split us into antagonistic groups of hyphenated Americans. Our strength today is, as it has always been, in the American people.
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