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OPINION
May 7, 2003
Re "School Vouchers Don't Help Neediest Students," Voices, May 3: One may argue that Walt Gardner's assertions of inequality toward "hard-to-teach" students alluded to minorities and the poor being the ones who will be turned away from the better schools. I know of no fellow teacher who would not be willing to work with students who need help as long as they are willing and diligent. Gardner fails to focus on the real matters of concern that include discipline problems and nonexistent motivation among many students.
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MAGAZINE
December 8, 1991
I am a retired NFL player who, along with two others, became the first blacks to attend and play at a predominantly white university in the South (Wake Forest University, 1964-1968). I never set out to integrate anything, just to pursue opportunity. Black elders used to teach us that we had to be twice as good as whites when we were competing for anything. I have never had a problem with that. It was, in fact, great motivation. Contrary to the picture painted, we of that era did not set out hoping to become white, nor did we believe that legislation would change what was in anyone's heart.
SPORTS
August 13, 1987 | BILL DWYRE, Times Sports Editor
They have had other classic athletic events in creaky old Hinkle Fieldhouse here, including one that they made a movie out of. But Brazil's five-game victory over the United States in the opening match of the Pan American Games men's volleyball tournament Wednesday night would have even made them stand up and take notice in Milan, Ind.
NATIONAL
November 8, 2009 | Amy L. Edwards and Anika Myers Palm
It's unclear whether Jason Rodriguez gave any warning signs that he would walk into Orlando's Gateway Center, where police say he shot and wounded five people and killed one Friday, and they say they may never fully understand his motivation. But Rodriguez, 40, who was fired two years ago by the company he allegedly targeted, has one characteristic not unusual among mass shooters: money problems. "This guy is a compilation of the front page of the entire year -- unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce -- all of the stresses," Public Defender Bob Wesley, who is representing Rodriguez, said Saturday.
MAGAZINE
July 28, 1996
It's about time that someone interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger and dealt with more than his bulging muscles ("If Arnold Could Only Fly," by Patrick Goldstein, June 16). America needs a hero like Arnie, one who's motivated by success and can think for himself. If Bob Dole believes that Schwarzenegger's movies are robbing our young of their motivation, he's missing the point. Goldstein reveals Arnold as a family man, as someone who remains true to his beliefs, whether or not they're "hip," and is a leader both on and off the screen.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1997
I was intrigued by the article about California underwriters ("Many Young IPOs Don't Get the Help They Need," Aug. 26), but I drew completely different conclusions than did your author. Essentially, underwriters are fee-based consultants working directly for the companies they help take public. Therefore, even if a stock price decreases significantly from the original offer price (assuming the issue was fully subscribed), they did a good job in their primary role, which is to raise capital.
SPORTS
February 23, 1991
To the Editor of the Seattle Times: With all the property we Californians are buying in your city, it would be normal to expect some resentment. We would expect, therefore, for you to go after some of our athletic stars. Magic would fit well into your backcourt, or maybe Eddie Murray in your infield, but Benoit Benjamin? Perhaps you haven't heard. Ben has been a six-year project with the Clippers, a failed experiment. Ben is the one who arrived at a game with two left shoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A Tustin man apparently killed as he left for work was found early Thursday in an alley adjacent to the apartment he shared with his wife and three children, authorities said. Police investigators said they found the body of Luis Carlos Vega, 47, about 4:30 a.m. in the east alley of El Presidio Apartments on McFadden Avenue. "Apparently another neighbor who goes to work at the same time found him," said Sgt. Jeff Beeler, a spokesman for the Tustin Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000
Re "In the Name of Justice, Judges Should Get Fair Pay," Commentary, Aug. 6: Show me a judge who is in it for the money, and I'll show you somebody who needs to find a new line of work. Michael P. Judge forgets that being a judge, like being a priest, a teacher, a fireman (among others), is a vocation. It is about serving the community and about being in a position to positively affect all levels of society. It is not about pay raises and big salaries (though I found it ironic that the author considers a salary of "about $133,000 per year" inadequate)
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