December 9, 2005
Re "Military Recruiting Bans Seem Doomed," Dec. 7 The Republican-sponsored Solomon Amendment that was argued to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, and that withholds from universities federal grants for education, science and the like if the schools do not allow military recruiting, is another example of Republican hypocrisy. For decades, the Republicans warned about federal government control of local governments, schools and people by withholding federal money. Now that the Republicans are in power, the threat of loss of government funding if others do not follow the federal government guidelines is suddenly just fine.
September 12, 2004
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-Tenn.) statement that the Republicans would let the assault weapons ban expire (Sept. 9) is shocking in its callous disregard for public safety. His further observation that letting the assault weapons ban expire is consistent "with the will of the American people" is even more shocking in its pandering to the gun crowd and the NRA less than two months before the election. More wedge politics. Ken Goldman Beverly Hills Commenting on Congress' refusal to extend the 10-year-old ban on assault weapons, Frist was quoted as saying it was "the will of the American people" that this law expire.
June 1, 2003
There has been another assault on our Bill of Rights ("Court Gives Leeway to Interrogate," May 28). In its recent ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held in the case of Chavez vs. Martinez that the police and government investigators can force a person to talk, as long as those admissions are not used to prosecute the person. According to your article, Justice Clarence Thomas' view is that "despite a common perception, the Constitution does not bar police from using pressure -- short of torture -- to obtain information from suspects or witnesses."
June 19, 2009
Re "Budget panel's choices ensure a fight," June 17 As a small part of the budget solution, a long-overdue tax on oil company extraction and an increase in the tax on sales of tobacco are, once again, met with the Republican mantra that "this is not the time for a tax increase." We heard that same tune during the economic boom. Let's see: A tax on Big Oil and Big Tobacco, or eliminating child healthcare programs, aid to the elderly and libraries? Tough choice? Not for me and many Californians.
June 13, 1986
Dave Livengood has been named director of sales for Cox Cable in San Diego and Ken Goldman has joined the marketing department as the system's product manager for basic service.