January 17, 2013
Re "Painful tales of bias in O.C.," Column, Jan. 12 I recently watched "Mississippi Burning" (about the murder of three civil rights activists in 1964), and there's a line in the film spoken by a white character, who says that hate isn't something we're born with, it's taught. As a white person who went to a high school in Los Angeles in the early 1960s that had a majority of black students, I have never understood the judging of people on the basis of skin color. The fact that this ugly and discriminatory behavior by white Americans is still going on in places like Orange County is absolutely appalling.
September 25, 2013
Re "Why ingenuity alone won't save us," Opinion, Sept. 22 Human population growth threatens every culture, every religion and every living thing on Earth. It is a problem that will not yield to the usual approaches to big challenges; neither a massive engineering project nor a vast public awareness campaign will have a significant impact. Fortunately, there is one thing that would work, but it is often a threat to the established order: educating women. Women who can read and write have fewer children than those who can't.
April 12, 2010
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July 27, 2012
Re "Level the playing field," Opinion, July 22 Joseph E. Stiglitz places much of the blame for weak economic growth and income inequality on "rent seeking" - activities focused on growing one's share of the pie rather than on growing the size of the pie itself. To the extent he is correct, it is a powerful argument in favor of a complete restructuring of our tax code, including the elimination of subsidies and loopholes. Tax breaks such as the mortgage interest deduction incentivize particular behaviors.
June 30, 2012
Re "Political spenders now want secrecy," June 26 That transparency could somehow inhibit democracy is a dangerous idea, one that in fact threatens democracy itself. As if theU.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling - which essentially lets the political voices of a select few in this country rise drastically above all the rest - weren't undemocratic enough, now we need to maintain the anonymity of those voices as well? Why? Because if we don't, their companies might be boycotted and their phone lines might be bombarded with contrasting opinions?
February 2, 2013
Re "Former CIA officer sentenced in leak case," Jan. 26 The Justice Department will not prosecute CIA officials who approved or conducted "enhanced interrogations," and yet it goes after the man who blew the whistle on these practices. I suppose it is too much to hope that Obama will commute the sentence of John Kiriakou, as President George W. Bush did for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Jean Koch Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Researching marijuana Letters: Women deserve a fighting chance Letters: Who should pay for illegal immigration?
April 4, 2013
Re "A thin jobs docket for law grads," April 2 Thank you for shedding light on what has become a pervasive issue among recent law school graduates like myself. As a fellow Southwestern Law School alumnus, I sympathize with Michael D. Lieberman's plight, as I too was greeted with unemployment after graduating and passing the bar exam. At issue here is Southwestern's lack of empathy regarding its recent graduates. Startlingly, Southwestern's only communication with me since graduation has been in the form of letters and calls seeking donations.
May 24, 2013
Re "Open the talent door," Opinion, May 21 While UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called very rightly for immigration reforms to better attract foreign scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, another article in Tuesday's Times detailed the attempt by Congress to shape legislation providing for much-needed and relatively inexpensive farm labor, primarily from Mexico. Traditionally, our country's immigration policy has allowed the poor and uneducated to move here with their families to take the low-paying jobs that Americans don't want.