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OPINION
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
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OPINION
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?
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
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.
OPINION
August 27, 2013
Re “Art of paint and persuasion,” Column One, Aug. 23 What a pleasure to see on the front page muralist Levi Ponce painting one of the remarkable Pacoima community murals. The two men flanking him on ladders, paint brushes in hand, are part of the reason that these creative, colorful murals are not damaged. The word got out that helping to paint murals was fun and that the murals were now off-limits to tagging. Kristi Sandoval's mural - utilizing rusty parts of the side of the building as part of her work - shows how creative the Pacoima painters are as well.
OPINION
April 25, 2014
Re “U.S. drones attack Yemen targets,” April 22 The article states in part that “these strikes marked an escalation in the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist network's most powerful franchise,” killing a mix of 55 militants and civilians. Isn't this the same president who won a Nobel Peace Prize? Erik Lawrence San Diego More letters to the editor ...
OPINION
August 24, 2013
Re “Manning is shown leniency in 35-year sentence,” Aug. 22 What a farce! The poor guy [Army Pfc. Bradley Manning] gets 35 years for airing our dirty laundry - and on Wall Street the bank robbers are doing business as usual with impunity. So much for our values and morals. Gabriella Kolias Placentia More letters to the editor ...  
OPINION
January 19, 2014
Re “Teaming up on quake safety,” Jan. 15, and “Quake risks evolve since Northridge,” Jan. 16 Kudos to The Times for your in-depth coverage on our earthquake vulnerability. Ignoring the issue is unconscionable. Clearly your investigation lit a fire under our officials to take action. We are, as a city, once again beholden to you. Don't ever stop digging. Lisa A. Landres Venice More letters to the editor ...
OPINION
September 28, 2013
Re "A link to change your life," Sept. 26 Meghan Daum echoed what Henry David Thoreau expressed more than 150 years ago: "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation. " The cornerstone of happiness is a life that celebrates wisdom, virtue, magnanimity, selflessness and the search for truth without ulterior motives. The only love that never grows old is love of honor. Bruce Fein Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: There's Cruz, and there's Obama Mailbag: L.A. Unified's high-tech train wreck Letters: Boston's Menino did it; so can Garcetti
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