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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.
April 28, 2014 | By Bruce Ackerman
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assured his followers. But was he right? The arc of American history, at least, has a different shape. During the 19th century, a high point for justice was reached after the Civil War, with Reconstruction Republicans guaranteeing equal protection and voting rights for blacks in the 14th and 15th amendments. But these brave words did not prevent a tragic retreat, from the Gilded Age beginning in the 1880s through the Roaring '20s.
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.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A resourcefully stylish indie sci-fi entry from Britain, "The Machine" drapes sleek visuals over an artificial intelligence tale set in a top-secret British government facility where robots are being developed to fight a cold war with China. Empathic computer genius Vincent (Toby Stephens) has more on his mind, however, than creating a weapon-strength, self-aware being for his military boss (Denis Lawson). Vincent imagines a revolutionary future in which the brain-damaged (be they wounded soldiers or his medically afflicted daughter)
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 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.
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
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.
April 22, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected and updated to reflect new development. See note below.
No mass killer terrorized the Chicago streets on Easter weekend. But the joyous spring holiday of renewal was anything but tranquil. At least nine people were killed and 36 others, including children, were shot and wounded. It was the second weekend in a row that at least 36 people were shot in Chicago. No armor-clad gunman invaded a movie theater. No gunman went into an elementary school, killing 20 children and six educators. No white supremacist opened fire on places associated with Jewish activities.
April 14, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis. Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout. In his first week as interim sheriff, John Scott announced that the cigar patio, as it was called, would be open to all employees. A contest would be held to choose a new name and smoking would no longer be allowed.
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
The state of Texas on Thursday executed a man named Tommy Sells after a series of whipsawing court decisions that ultimately denied Sells his due process right to investigate whether the lethal injection met constitutional standards. This is no defense of Sells. If evil exists in this world, he was it , responsible for a series of known heinous murders, and who knows how many others. But that is still insufficient cause for the government to kill him. It is sufficient cause to have locked Sells away from society until he died of natural causes.
March 26, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The documentary gods are smiling on us this week. One of the real knockout docs of 2013 is back in town. That would be "Big Men," an astonishing look inside the world of oil capitalism in the West African nations of Ghana and Nigeria. The film took director Rachel Boynton seven years to make and was worth every minute. Boynton's last film was the excellent "Our Brand Is Crisis," and she specializes in the kind of insider access filmmakers only dream about. In this compelling doc, she offers an incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries.
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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