January 18, 2013
Re "And what about the courts?," Editorial, Jan. 16 The editorial illuminates the real issue regarding funding of California's judicial branch. Courts are not merely an afterthought; as you acknowledge in the final paragraph, state courts are a "coequal branch of the government. " In other words, they are just as important to our democratic system as the legislative and executive branches, yet the current administration implies they are seeking alms along with other worthy state beggars like schools and parks.
August 4, 2013
Re "What next for Snowden?," Editorial, Aug. 2 It's a bit disingenuous to say about Edward Snowden that "those who engage in civil disobedience should be prepared to accept some legal consequences for their actions. " "Some legal consequences" could be taken by many to mean solitary confinement or multiple life sentences. In fact, the U.S. had to assure Russia that Snowden wouldn't be tortured or executed; given our country's treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, it was an assurance that had to be made.
December 16, 2012
Re "Threatened by faith," Opinion, Dec. 11 It was a good angle to have a rabbi argue in favor of a Christian display, but the problem is that he, like many believers, greatly distorts the atheist point of view. We're no angrier than the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gertrude Stein or Simon Wiesenthal in the face of injustice. But we are resolute about enforcing the 1st Amendment. I think city-endorsed religious displays are threatening and divisive in a pluralistic society such as ours.
November 10, 2013
Re "France is having a midweek crisis," Column One, Nov. 6 The controversy over French children having to attend class on Wednesdays brought to mind a quote by a friend - a teacher - who once said, "The mind can only absorb what punishment that the fanny can take. " Too many hours during a single sitting do not necessarily translate to productivity. Rich Flynn Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Justice poorly served Letters: Legalizing street vendors Letters: Prayer and the Supreme Court
February 2, 2013
Re "Reefer madness at the DEA," Editorial, Jan. 25 You state that whether to reclassify marijuana under federal law to permit its prescription as a medicine should be based on science and an evaluation of the facts rather than myths. I agree. Yet your editorial is based on myth, asserting that the Drug Enforcement Administration has made it nearly impossible for researchers to obtain marijuana for such studies. To the contrary, not a single scientifically valid study by a qualified researcher has ever been denied by the DEA or, for that matter, by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
October 24, 2013
Re "Health site gets a top repairman," Oct. 23 What stuns me about the troubles with Healthcare.gov is how they contrast with the Obama team's technological prowess during his election campaigns. Most of the postmortem analysis after the president's reelection was about how brilliant his team was technologically. Their data-mining operation, their digital mastery, their use of the best and the brightest schooled in the latest scientific techniques in polling made them unbeatable.
June 30, 2012
Because of the scarce print space allocated among the 60 to 70 letters to the editor that run each week, submissions replying to other letters are only occasionally published on the regular pages. When an unusually high volume of "letters on letters" are sent to email@example.com , a selection will run in this space. This week, more than three dozen readers weighed in on other letters, most of them responding to discussions on freedom of religion vis a vis the Obama administration's rule on mandatory contraception coverage, and on Israeli President Shimon Peres' take on a two-state solution.
August 11, 2012
The Times' two recent news articles on Mitt Romney's taxes - the first last Saturday on the GOP presidential candidate's feud with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the second on Monday detailing the reassessment of his La Jolla home to lower his property tax liability - drew about a dozen reader letters between them, a respectable haul but nowhere near the week's top topics. As if to prove that the discussion on Romney's taxes is more about the buzz and less about the topic itself, the four letters published Wednesday and Thursday responding to The Times' articles drew nearly 20 reader submissions, nearly twice the tally for the two news stories.
November 13, 2013
Re "Proud Bird leaving LAX," Nov. 10 I am dismayed that Los Angeles World Airports and the U.S. Department of Transportation have placed the LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant at risk of closing. This is not just another restaurant; it is an irreplaceable tribute to those who defended our country during World War II and to the development of the postwar civil aviation industry. The restaurant and its grounds are also treasured as a museum (with no entrance fee and ample free parking)