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OPINION
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.
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OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Welcome, Professor Bieber,” Opinion, March 25 Fortunately (or unfortunately) we live in a time and place of almost unlimited choices as to what we ingest in both mind and body. We have access to junk food and healthful food, Internet garbage and Internet gems, TV treasures and TV trash. “Reality” and “entertainment” shows fuel our fascination with stardom and almost anyone who is in the public eye. Our obsession with fame has no doubt contributed to the rise in narcissism (think Lance Armstrong and Lindsey Lohan)
OPINION
April 9, 2014
Re "Is Obamacare too big to fail?," Opinion, April 6 The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act became fantasy with the first few sign-ups, hesitant and difficult as they were. Like every sort of entitlement program, once you have any beneficiaries, getting rid of the program is political kryptonite. People continue to kick and scream about the law, about the website, about the cost of premiums, about the coverage, about finding doctors and more, but the only thing they will hate more is being told they have to start all over again with some new program.
OPINION
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
OPINION
April 2, 2013
Re "Republican apologizes for slur against Latinos," March 30 As an American with a Hispanic last name, reading the story of the Alaskan member of Congress using the term "wetback" brought back childhood memories. I grew up in San Antonio, a predominantly Hispanic city, on the mostly white north side of town. Any time I heard "wetback," it made me uncomfortable because of the view underlying it: I and the people like me were less than everyone else. Passing off using the term as just the common vernacular of a bygone era doesn't fool anyone.
OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Finding healing in music,” Column, March 22 Music as a tool to help children cope with feelings of grief and pain has been shown to be an effective intervention; in fact, even lighthearted group drumming sessions can be of positive benefit. Incorporating sensory integrative activities, such as music, help break down barriers posed by the feelings of fear, frustration, desperation and helplessness that children face when dealing with the loss of a loved one. I underscore Arvis Jones' music therapy methodology as part of a psychosocial grief management recovery process for traumatized children.
OPINION
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
OPINION
September 30, 2012
Re "Putting the SAT in its place," Editorial, Sept. 26 It is astounding that colleges are ranked partly on the test scores students got before they ever came to the college. How about judging them on results, not on what people think of a place before they ever get there? Rory Johnston Hollywood ALSO: Letters: Some clarity on pot policy Letters: Freeway noise -- get used to it Letters: Driven up the wall by robo-calls
OPINION
December 21, 2012
Re "NASA is target of doomsday anxiety," Dec. 20 NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown says he'll be glad when Saturday comes and the questions end. Personally, I expect Harold Camping to announce on Saturday that the Mayans miscalculated the date. Kymberleigh Richards Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: Dealing with Hamas Letters: A tantrum by the rich Letters: When dying isn't easy
OPINION
February 16, 2013
Re "GOP prevents a vote on Defense nominee Hagel," Feb. 14 I wondered why Republicans were so against gun control. But after watching them haggle over Chuck Hagel, I see where they would miss shooting themselves in the foot. John L. Uelmen Newbury Park ALSO: Letters: Waiting on Iran Letters: More on 'Lincoln' Mailbag: The Dorner divide
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