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OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Warning: This editorial may upset you," Editorial, March 31 The Times claims, "The latest attack on academic freedom comes not from government authorities or corporate pressure but from students. " That is completely ridiculous. The Times needs to show some real sensitivity to those who suffer every day from post-traumatic stress disorder. You can't even begin to fathom what it's like to live through a traumatic experience that causes these issues. Every member of the editorial board should make it a point to talk to people who have PTSD and gain some critical perspective.
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OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Gunman opens fire at Ft. Hood," April 3 The saddest thing about the latest Ft. Hood shooting spree was how quickly the government assured us that this was not an act of terrorism. Thank God that it was not terrorism but rather just another normal, American, run-of-the-mill mass murder made possible by gun nuts and their puppet masters in the National Rifle Assn. This is, after all, what makes America great, yes? If unfettered access to firearms leads to the deaths of a few innocents, well then, that's a small price to pay to protect our freedom, right?
OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "A renegade keeps her faith," Column, March 29 What a wonderful way to end Women's History Month. Sandy Banks' column on Sister Judy Vaughan was a tribute to her and to all the nuns who preceded her. In the early days of our country, these valiant women went to the wilderness to establish schools and hospitals. During the Civil War they nursed combatants regardless of side. They went into homes to nurse the ill during the 1918 flu pandemic when others would not or could not. And some of them died prematurely for their efforts.
OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "Pay for schools leader draws scrutiny," April 1 Supt. Jose Fernandez of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, which has just 6,600 students, earned about $675,000 last year. Hired in 2008 to direct a dysfunctional and demoralized district, Fernandez claims that his leadership took the district from worst to OK. The district still suffers from chronic absenteeism. Student achievement is shamefully low, bottoming out among the roughly 80 districts in Los Angeles County, yet it has more administrators per student than districts of a similar size.
OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "Warning: This editorial may upset you," Editorial, March 31 The Times' editorial on an effort at UC Santa Barbara to have professors put "trigger warnings" on their course syllabi when lecture material may cause some distress reminded me of a class I took my freshman year in college. My father was raised in Minnesota; I listened to his racism my whole childhood. In our small agricultural community, I was never really exposed to other opinions. In that first year of college, I enrolled in an English course that focused on black literature.
OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "Who should be deported?," Opinion, March 27 It's most telling that John Sandweg, a former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excoriates the inhumanity of current ICE deportation policies. His piece should be required reading for all members of Congress who continue to dither over immigration reform. Sandweg's well-considered remarks bring to mind the hypocrisy of politicians comfortably ensconced in the pockets of big agriculture and big business. If ICE suddenly were to deport all undocumented immigrant workers, the howls from business and agricultural interests would be deafening.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "Bickering over Medicare ," Editorial, March 27 Your assertion that the Medicare sustainable growth rate, or SGR, represents only "paper savings" is not supported by the actual history of the SGR and "doc fixes" enacted by Congress. Though it is true that most SGR cuts have not gone into effect as scheduled, the SGR has actually done a great deal to control healthcare costs by keeping physician payment updates modest and pushing policymakers to offset the cost of avoiding cuts.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "Nightmare scenario?," March 29 Metro's plans to tear up parts of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, along with surrounding streets, will cause extraordinary around-the-clock disruption to countless residents and drivers. Imagine intersections at Fairfax Avenue, La Cienega Boulevard and Beverly Drive obstructed for months on end. I served on a volunteer citizens committee years ago to analyze the Westside extension project. Metro representatives met with us numerous times to promote the project.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "Georgia bill would go far in expanding gun rights," March 31 It is sad and appalling that legislation passed after high-profile shootings has resulted in an easing of gun rules instead of the sensible gun laws that we had anticipated, such as closing the gun show loophole. According to Jerry Henry of GeorgiaCarry.org, we are not going to "stop crime by disarming good people. " Americans today have more than 300 million firearms. By Henry's measure we should be the safest country in the world; however, in 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "An over-educated nanny's lament," Opinion, March 30 Emily Koss' Op-Ed article lamenting her predicament about being an over-educated nanny demonstrates that she is not taking responsibility for the choices she has made. As a university professor and the father of a college junior and high school junior, I know it is important not just to graduate from college but to graduate with a degree that provides you an employable profession with a decent salary. Koss says that for the first time education is not the answer for improving one's status and expanding opportunities.
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