June 13, 2012
Re "Let's get the truth about fracking," Column, June 10 Michael Hiltzik's column on hydraulic fracking brought to the surface the despicable practice of energy companies maximizing profit at any price. The bottom line has no ethics and apparently neither do the company managers who try to hide the environmental impact of extracting oil and natural gas using the method Hiltzik describes. It's almost comical that they won't disclose the chemicals they use in fracking, obviously because these same chemicals are poisoning water supplies.
December 20, 2012
Re "Don't blame realignment," Editorial, Dec. 11 I disagree with The Times' assertion that it's off base to amend AB 109, the state's realignment law, to require that offenders with prior convictions for violent or serious crimes be subject to stricter supervision or sentencing requirements. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck noted that Northridge quadruple homicide suspect Ka Pasasouk "certainly would've had an increased level of scrutiny via probation or parole absent [AB]
October 2, 2012
Re "An immigration turning point," Opinion, Sept. 28 It's a boon and also a shame that we have to be told once again by Cardinal Roger Mahony to treat our brothers - in this case immigrants - as brothers. We seem to have lost the feeling for the "human family," as the cardinal states simply and eloquently. One doesn't have to be religious to stand up for the social welfare of all, but this concept is fast becoming an anachronism, one that now unfortunately may be the sole purview of liberals.
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?
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.
January 29, 2014
Re "Fixing the Voting Rights Act," Editorial, Jan. 24 There isn't any legislation needed. The Supreme Court's decision last year was aimed at only one section of the Voting Rights Act; the rest remains in full force. As The Times recognizes, the Justice Department and civil rights groups are now using those other provisions to try to advance their agendas. All that's different is that lawyers have to prove racial discrimination before they can get court relief, which is the way every other civil rights law works.
June 20, 2012
Re "Early help on a hard path," Column One, June 15 As a school psychologist with the Los Angeles Unified School District for nearly 30 years, I saw a number of children with early signs of having a transgender identity. Some boys, when asked to draw a person, would scrawl a girl in ruffles and jewelry. When asked their three wishes, invariably they would be creatively atypical. They also preferred to play with the opposite sex and often begged to stay in the classroom during recess because of the cruelty out on the playground.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.