May 19, 2006
Re "History lesson: stop meddling," Opinion, May 13 Stephen Kinzer is right. Our attempts to impose new governments on other countries, whatever our motives, inevitably backfire. Conservatives, who correctly cite the Law of Unintended Consequences in their critique of expensive, heavy-handed domestic policy, have developed a blind spot to this same phenomenon in foreign affairs. The best way to promote American values abroad is by example. Look at China. Without a single U.S. soldier entering Beijing, the world's biggest communist country is turning into the world's biggest capitalist country.
December 29, 2003
Re "Misuse of Gov.'s Role Alleged," Dec. 24: I can't understand what all the fuss is about. Surely Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger knows what's best for us. Why is the legislative analyst meddling? Why not do away with the Legislature entirely? That way, we could save some money and leave it all to the governor. Donald Broder Studio City
August 30, 1987
The opinions expressed by Cruz on the Arias peace plan made me wonder if his organization, Democratic Action for Nicaragua, is actually a front for the CIA. As a person who has recently experienced some of the significant flavor of Nicaraguan society in a visit arranged by various religious workers in that country, I was particularly struck by Cruz's "hope" that people like the 60,000 to 70,000 Americans who have visited the new Nicaragua should...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1987
Ignored in the hue and cry of the hearings is the question of the basic authority and responsibility of the President as to foreign policy. Raymond Price's "End the Goldfish-Bowl Theory of Diplomacy" (Editorial Pages, July 16) states the underlying problem very well when he writes: "In recent years Congress has gone on a binge of institutional meddling. Ignoring constitutional limits, it has voted itself increasing power to hogtie Presidents, to trip them up on the way to summit meetings, to strip away their powers as commander-in-chief and thus vitiate the effectiveness of U.S. force even when it is deployed, to pull the rug out from threatened allies, to oversee even the most sensitive covert activities--all without accepting the last shred of accountability for the outcome."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1992
It is pathetic that Yitzhak Rabin and his dovish Labor Party has won the national election in Israel (June 24). Any attempt to relinquish land for a promise of peace would not be in the best interest of the Israeli people. Israel is a very small country surrounded by many Arab nations. Most of them have not even accepted the right of Israel to exist. Israel should depend on itself and not bend to pressure from President Bush. The United States has no business meddling in the affairs of other nations.
June 9, 1985
I would like to give an opposite viewpoint to your editorial. It is precisely because of the principle of separation of church and state that the pastors should have been indicted. As long as clerics stay within their pastoral bounds and provide religious services only, the state should not inject itself into their affairs. But what happens when religious figures enter into secular practices and start performing professional services for which the state requires licensing and for which practitioners can be held liable?