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October 10, 1990
Your article about Cal State Northridge trustees siding with students and faculty who object to Carl's Jr. because its founder supports the anti-abortion movement begs for comment, especially when a student phrases the issue as a question of good business and bad morals. CSUN students who equate Carl Karcher's anti-abortion stand with bad morals should rethink their position. Since when can espousing the survival rights of innocent, unborn babies be considered bad morals? Yet these CSUN students were successful in getting CSUN's trustees to reverse their decision to buy a Carl's Jr. franchise for the campus, which would have earned a yearly profit of $50,000.
March 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
What would you do for $500? For $15,000? For $250,000? That's the engine behind "Cheap Thrills," which begins as a simple "guy walks into a bar" story and snowballs into a mind-blowing little horror show. Directed with screw-tightening efficiency by E.L. Katz, from a savvy, wildly twisted script by Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo, this nervy morality tale finds cautious, financially strapped family man Craig (Pat Healy) running into a former high school friend, the sketchy Vince (Ethan Embry)
February 25, 2001
Re "Religion at School," Ventura County letters, Feb. 11. Letter writer Catherine Antolino Mervyn wants "religion and therefore morals" taught in public schools, but whose morals? Just hers, or do we teach everyone's--every religion, every denomination, every philosophy and of every era? There are some of us who remember about a time when slavery was considered moral. There are religious people who still believe that it is moral to settle religious disagreements with war. Mervyn, it seems, believes that there is only one set of morals, but the facts would seem to indicate otherwise.
February 13, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Is it too much to compare Kem Nunn to Raymond Chandler? Both have used the loose frame of genre to write enduringly and resonantly about the dark side of the California dream. For Nunn, this has meant an exploration of boundaries, both actual and metaphorical; his last novel, "Tijuana Straits" (which won a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), traces the shifting landscape of the physical borderland. At the same time, there is also a willingness to take risks, to play against expectation, which marks both Nunn's fiction and his TV work on "John from Cincinnati" and now "Sons of Anarchy.
November 25, 1994
I have a response to your Nov. 12 editorial, "Working With All Creeds," about the recall of fundamentalist Vista school board members. Forty-five years ago when I was a teen-ager, my church taught me sex belonged within the protective boundary of marriage. My high school taught me sex outside marriage brought social stigma, unwanted pregnancy and disease. "Church and state" were in agreement and no one's creed was offended. Was there a "narrow ideological agenda" in my classroom? Was the school board divided over condom distribution, abortion referrals and such?
July 16, 1988
Except for a few bits of softness, Steigerwald is due great praise for saying the truth about how we deal with substance abuse problems. As one who has been in the program trenches, I feel that legalization would be a catastrophe--as opposed to decriminalization of certain aspects. Perhaps one day we'll realize that our definitions and approaches are a great part of why things get worse. PAUL H. LOGAN MD Los Angeles
July 13, 2009 | Larry B. Stammer
In the midst of a global recession, religious leaders are looking beyond the recent regulatory fixes and bailouts aimed at repairing an ailing financial system. They are questioning the underlying assumptions of a market economy that they say has lost its moral bearings. Last week, Pope Benedict XVI issued an encyclical, a papal pronouncement, that decries the divide between rich and poor.
June 19, 1997
"Conscientious Objector" (June 8) appears well-intentioned, but the quiz had very poorly designed questions. One pitted duty to children against duty to government, in the guise of "temptation to cheat." Another had survival in conflict with fairness, again in the guise of "cheating." Duty, fairness, survival and truth are all vital ethical principles. They need to be clearly presented and a balance found between them, not lumped together. Ethics can keep us sane--when we are clear on the values at stake.
July 6, 1996
I appreciate the June 25 article that included me. However, the public was deceived when the article portrayed me as a teenager with no moral values. "Summer Job Blues" failed to include the vital information that would have eliminated any misconceptions. When asked about recent interviews, I shared my experience about the survey at Linens 'n Things. One of the questions asked if I would report a relative who was stealing. My response was no, but only because I was not given room to explain myself.
November 2, 1990
According to the recent article in the Los Angeles Times about Michael Josephson and his Institute for the Advancement of Ethics, Josephson sees a very bleak future due to the lack of morals young people have today ("Did We Rear a Bunch of Moral Mutants?" Oct. 11). I am within the age group targeted by Josephson. I consider myself to have very high morals. Although I cannot dispute Josephson's statistics, I will argue with where he places the blame. To put the blame on parents, teachers and employers isn't fair.
February 8, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - By his own admission, Bartlett Sher is not normally drawn to material like "The Bridges of Madison County," Robert James Waller's mega-bestselling 1992 novel. The weepie about a brief but life-changing 1960s romance between an Italian war bride in rural Iowa and a peripatetic National Geographic photographer was adapted into a 1995 film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Now, under Sher's direction, it has been realized as a Broadway musical opening Feb. 20 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
21st Century Fox has named a new president to help grow its struggling Spanish-language broadcast network: veteran station executive Ibra Morales. Morales, a former top executive with rival Telemundo, has worked for the last four years at Katz Television Group, most recently as its senior vice president of national marketing. Morales, a Cuban American, replaces Emiliano Saccone, MundoFox's first president, who resigned in December. MundoFox is a joint venture between Fox International Channels and RCN Television Group, the Colombian programming giant.
January 14, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Mexican troops and federal police poured into the state of Michoacan on Tuesday in an attempt to restore order after clashes with the rural "self-defense" groups that at times have been their allies against the Knights Templar drug cartel. The standoff with the vigilantes amounts to a policy and public relations nightmare for a federal government that has long accorded mythic status to the Mexican campesino who takes up arms to combat injustice. The Michoacan vigilantes have embraced the image, though there is widespread suspicion that at least some of the locals are secretly backed by rivals in the deadly drug game.
January 2, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.
November 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The ladies of the Filipino ministry of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church discuss Typhoon Haiyan over a table strewn with grilled fish, ribs, sliced pork belly, chicken wings, chili and a massive platter of mixed rice and flour noodles called pancit . "The typhoon hit here," says Pinky Santos, pointing to the map in gold thread on her blue polo shirt. "My family is here," she adds, moving her finger north. For many Filipinos, it's been a somber month of sharing links to donation websites on social media and organizing aid trips to affected areas.
November 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - Stephen R. Glass, a former journalist whose fabrications for major magazines sparked a national furor, bent his head at times and reddened as he listened to members of the California Supreme Court suggest he was morally unfit to practice law. When he was in his 20s, Glass fabricated 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines, concocting people, quotations and events in blistering stories that won him rave reviews...
January 18, 1993 | Erik Hamilton for The Times
MONICA RODGRIGUEZ Junior, 16, Dominguez High School Today in our society the young grow up very rapidly. They think they know all there is to know. In reality they act immature and often very disrespectful. Many students in our schools are frightened when they discover that there will be a test in one of their classes. The mere thought of studying hard allows temptation to enter their minds. Therefore, the only place to turn is to cheating.
November 5, 2013 | By Theodore Dalrymple
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.
October 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.
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