March 26, 2014
Re “Jonah Goldberg,” Opinion, March 25 Six words in the lower right corner of the Opinion section brightened a gloomy morning: “Jonah Goldberg has the day off.” Tom Turnley Santa Ana More letters to the editor ...
May 11, 2012
Re "Airstrike kills Cole bombing suspect," May 7 Not long ago we condemned the Soviet Union'sKGB for reaching beyond its borders to assassinate those whom it suspected of being its enemies. Now our CIA unashamedly executes those it suspects of crimes against America. This shameful drone activity not only kills suspected enemies but has also killed innocents. The Founding Fathers, who went to great lengths to protect against search and seizure, must now be restless in their tombs.
June 27, 2012
Re "Neighbors oppose veterans center," June 26 What if soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan occupied San Diego, where a charter school and residents in one neighborhood are working to stop the construction of a home for veterans? Would those neighbors not welcome a contingent of the military? These veterans gave, we took, and now they're in deep mental trouble. This should not be an issue. Let the school move for the veterans home. Barbara Barnett Laguna Beach ALSO: Letters: Pursuing perfection in dance Letters: Security and the Olympic spirit Letters: Why can't the parties get along?
March 14, 2013
Re "OneWest is said to be exploring a sale," Business, March 9 The current value of OneWest Bank is nearly twice the $1.55 billion investors paid to buy it in 2009. Those great profits, of course, ignore the $13 billion bath the public took when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over IndyMac in 2009, the bank that became OneWest. Privatized profits, socialized losses. Tell me again about too much bank regulation. Kelley Willis Venice ALSO: Letters: Tell that to Thatcher Letters: The Wal-Mart moviemaker Letters: Doctors, drugs and addicts
July 3, 2012
Re " The challenge in Mexico ," Editorial, July 1 Every time I read about Mexican politics, I can't help but squirm. We sell the guns and we buy the drugs that are causing so much misery in that country. I wish we were a better neighbor, and I wish our actions more often matched our ideals. I wonder if people there ever consider building a border fence to keep the U.S. out? Joanne Zirretta Aliso Viejo ALSO: Letters: A new water war Letters: Do we need nuclear?
April 9, 2013
Re "Packing and preaching," Column One, April 5 So pistol-packing preacher James McAbee - whose law enforcement mother shot herself (twice), eventually leading to her death - proudly carries weapons without safeties, with a round chambered, in public and around his minor children. And he teaches gun safety? And of course he's right when he says it's wrong to blame the tool for a shooting. Indeed, guns don't kill people; carelessness does. Terry Snyder Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Nukes and Iran's leaders Letters: Rat poison and human health Letters: Parents who care, gay or straight
May 15, 2013
Re "Crucial CO2 gauge hits key level," May 11 Our failure as a nation to address the climate change crisis is heartbreaking. We must transition off fossil fuels, period. And we have at our disposal a simple mechanism to make that happen: a carbon tax. Tax carbon at the mine or port and invest the money in clean energy. It is ridiculous to insist that we can't afford it. We should be putting every resource available into the fight to maintain a habitable planet. Vicki Kirschenbaum Burbank ALSO: Letters: Sen. Warren speaks up Letters: Tax breaks for tea parties?
June 2, 2013
Re "Court lifts time limit on appeals," May 29 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's intemperate use of invective - "blooper reel," "feeble" and "bizarre" - against the majority opinion written by a fellow justice (in this case the revered Ruth Bader Ginsburg) continues to astound as he continues to diminish the dignity of our Supreme Court. Is Scalia auditioning for "Judge Judy"? June Maguire Mission Viejo ALSO: Letters: More on bioterrorism Letters: No more child deaths Letters: Forgetting about Alzheimer's
June 22, 2013
Re "Snowden, a fool not a spy," Opinion, June 18 Deciding Edward Snowden 's status as a traitor or hero is pointless - it confuses two different contexts for his actions. Deliberately exposing secret material makes him, like Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, blind to the treasonous nature and possible consequences of his actions. A 29-year-old computer nerd is not qualified to be a self-appointed broker of the international balance of power. If Snowden had issues of conscience, reporting them and resigning was the appropriate response.
October 28, 2012
Re "Parking scofflaws," Letters, Oct. 25 Yes, people who misuse disabled placards for free parking exist. However, just because a driver appears frisky or fit is not evidence of him being a scofflaw. I have a placard and am thankful for it. If my walk from the car to my destination is a block or so, my stenosis pain often kicks in; sometimes it is moderate, and other times awful enough to cause me to find a place to sit for a few moments. If I can't find a place to sit, I just tough it out. I have had surgery to correct the problem and look forward to giving up the placard.