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OPINION
April 6, 2014
Re "Sex ed stumbles in Mississippi," April 3 Communities in Mississippi are using the Bible to reject any sex education other than abstinence. Interestingly, Mississippi's divorce rates are among the highest in the country, and by region the South has the highest rate. Jesus didn't hand out many laws. He taught by parable and the example of his actions. However, Jesus spoke clearly about divorce: In the Gospel of Mark, he said: "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.
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OPINION
April 6, 2014
Re "Hands off those photos," Editorial, April 3 Count me among those who have encountered security hysteria for taking pictures. In 2004, I stood in a broad, traffic-free street in a river-adjacent industrial zone of my hometown of Memphis, seeking to capture the beautiful, auburn-streaked patina of a huge, unpainted storage tank. An overzealous security guard called 911 to report a frighteningly skinny, 60-year-old white man in shorts, who might be a terrorist hell-bent on blowing up thousands of gallons of maybe cottonseed oil or rendered animal fat. Memphis police screamed onto the scene.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014
The many joys of Claremont I have lived in Claremont for more than 30 years, and I really loved the article highlighting our town ["One Class Act," by Ryan Ritchie, March 30]. The best part about Claremont is that every time we venture to the Village for an evening out, we run into people we know. It often ends up with us having a drink with friends we had not even planned to meet - such a treat. Another great place is the Folk Music Center on Yale. It is owned by musician Ben Harper, who often does concerts in a small theater at the colleges.
OPINION
April 6, 2014
Re "Even more money in politics?," Editorial, April 3 As an attorney, any remaining illusion I had that our highest judicial body decides cases on a nonpartisan basis is gone after reading the Supreme Court's decision in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. First, the tortured Citizens United finding in 2010 - that corporations have 1st Amendment rights similar to those of individuals - opened the floodgates for those who want to buy the government. After that, the Shelby County case gutted the Voting Rights Act, resulting in gleeful red states passing laws that prevent poor people and minorities from voting.
OPINION
April 6, 2014
Re "Nutritious but uneaten," April 2 The Los Angeles Unified School District serves 650,000 meals a day, with $100,000 worth of food thrown away each day by students. That adds up to $18 million wasted every year. Our society needs a renaissance of responsibility - and to resolve not to waste food. What better places to start than in homes and schools? For decades, nutritionists and educators have taught that certain foods are junk, rather than focusing on the cardinal principles of variety and moderation.
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Tarnished political brands," Opinion, April 2 I am tired of hearing about the Bushes and the Clintons as comparable political dynasties. We've had one Clinton elected to the White House, and his wife served as a senator and then secretary of State in the Obama administration. There is no comparison to the actual Bush dynasty. George H.W. Bush was head of the CIA, vice president and eventually president. His eldest son was governor of Texas and then president; another son was governor of Florida.
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "The quest for diversity," Editorial, March 28 Your editorial on Proposition 209 and diversity at California's public universities is unclear and patronizing. It is unclear in endorsing as the benchmark of "meaningful racial diversity" the University of California's "diversity goals" - goals that the university has not itself enunciated. One can try and divine what the university's goals are, but with little success. Apparently, exceeding the pre-Proposition 209 minority enrollment (except for African American students at Berkeley and UCLA)
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Jonathan Pollard's fate," Editorial, April 2 You argue that releasing Jonathan Pollard, the former intelligence worker who passed along secret information to Israel and was sentenced to life in prison, is a poor decision because it would set an "unseemly precedent. " You go on to argue that releasing Pollard would not have any real impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both claims fail to see the urgency of the situation. Releasing Pollard would actually provide concrete incentives to Israel's very right-wing government by rewarding it for concessions.
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Climate change here and now," Editorial, April 1 The reality of global warming isn't disputed: It's clearly for real, and it will get worse if we don't act now. Because all of us are affected, it would seem to be a time for cooperation across the aisle. But global warming has become politicized, just another issue for Republicans and Democrats to take sides on. A slowly rising fee on carbon-based fuels is a good way to cut heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere.
OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Campaign donor limits grow looser," April 3 Whatever one's politics, we all should be concerned about the corrosive influence of big money on government. More than 100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt had to struggle with political bosses to get elected and pass reforms. Today's bosses are billionaires who spend millions to influence our politics. The Supreme Court's most recent decision on campaign money (reasoning that political contributions are protected free speech) furthers the sale of our democracy to the highest bidder.
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