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July 17, 2000
Re "A Rare Moment of Political Unity in Battling Campaign Finance Law," July 12: The politicos just don't get it. The voters of this state and the nation are fed up with the one-dollar, one-vote form of representation they provide. That's why we passed Prop. 208 four years ago--a grass-roots campaign that succeeded against all the opposition the combined political parties could muster. If the courts knock down Prop. 208, we will need to pass a new, tough measure that will pass muster, and that's not the Legislature's sweetheart measure.
December 17, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
When will the insurers revolt? It's a question that's popping up more and more. On the surface, the question answers itself. We're talking about pinstriped insurance company executives, not Hell's Angels. One doesn't want to paint with too broad a brush, but if you were going to guess which vocations lend themselves least to revolutionary zeal, the actuary sciences rank slightly behind embalmers. Still, it's hard not to wonder how much more these people are willing to take. Even an obedient dog will bite if you kick it enough.
September 21, 1991
During his team's losing effort at Tennessee, Terry Donahue looked as if he had stepped out of a sauna. With a white towel around his neck, he seemed to be telling the TV audience it was too hot to play football. Having won only nine of his last 24 games, Donahue needs all the sympathy he can muster. If Donahue's team continues to lose, it could get real hot in Westwood, too, for some of the alumni might ask him to throw in the towel. RICHARD LINDE Camarillo
November 1, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - In blocking the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head a top housing agency, Senate Republicans showed they preferred to keep oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the hands of a career bureaucrat who opposes providing more aggressive aid for struggling homeowners. Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The nomination failed a key procedural vote Thursday. The White House and congressional Democrats plan to continue to press for Watt to replace acting Director Edward J. DeMarco, who has led the housing regulatory agency since 2009.
January 17, 1987
I must admit that I find Gaston Green's statements about a "campaign" for the 1987 Heisman Trophy to be somewhat pretentious. His reference to the player from Alabama as the only college running back he can think of to provide him with competition demonstrates a curious lapse in memory. Has Mr. Green forgotten about UCLA's own game against Stanford? Has Mr. Green forgotten the performance of one Brad Muster? It's certainly understandable if he has! CHARLES W. PEARCE Arcadia
July 21, 1991
"Hollywood," as the critic John Simon once wrote, "is not a place, but a state of mindlessness." This is certainly the case when a Tinseltown Wunderkind like Cameron can claim, with all the seriousness a commercial gun for hire can muster, that "T2" is a heartfelt plea against violence and dehumanization. When sheer absurdity reaches its apogee like this, one has to wonder what faraway planet Cameron and his ilk come from. RICKEY C. MANTLEY Los Angeles
February 23, 1991
So McCarthy thinks it would be nicer to engage Hussein in a more even war--and perhaps get a lot more of our soldiers killed in the interest of fairness! How stupid can you get? Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that the quickest way to end this war (and save lives) is for the allies to continue to maintain the greatest pressure on Iraq that they can muster. As for calling the U.S. action cowardly, I think we ought to revive that quaint old American custom of tar and feathering-- and apply it liberally to Mr. McCarthy.
March 8, 2000
Re Los Angeles' anti-panhandling law, March 3: Let's leave the poor people on the street alone and deal with the truly offensive panhandlers: the ones who call us morning, noon and night to sell us long-distance plans and credit card services. Half the time they are computer-generated and dial right back when you hang up on them. I've even received computer calls at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Our current laws put the burden on us to tell each offender not to call again; this system does not protect us from constant intrusion.
September 20, 1997
I was astounded when I read Diane MacFarland's letter about Venus Williams [Sept. 13] and her bid for the U.S. Open championship. MacFarland must feel that there should be different rules for white players and black players. Should Venus be humble like Martina Hingis, have quiet respect like John McEnroe, and be gracious like Thomas Muster? Or should she be herself, with the excitement of a 17-year-old, the enthusiasm of a gifted tennis player and intelligence beyond her years? MARJORIE SCHWARTZ, Los Angeles When you read some of the opinions in Viewpoint last week, it is hard to argue with Richard Williams that much of the controversy surrounding his daughter is tied to racism.
April 3, 2004
Re "Kerry Sutra" (Commentary), Michael Ramirez's March 30 editorial cartoon, with the caption, "The Many Positions of John Kerry": Apparently The Times is incapable of distinguishing between a sacred symbol of a dynamic cosmos (the Nataraja, or Lord of the Cosmic Dance) and a secular treatise (the "Kama Sutra," or the "Principles of Sex"). Conflating these images, as Ramirez did, is akin to using images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mary Magdalene to illustrate the "Joy of Lesbian Sex," obviously not something any editor with an intellect would allow.
October 13, 2013 | By Anthony York and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Tom Ammiano was frustrated. Gov. Jerry Brown had refused to meet with him, said the Democratic assemblyman from San Francisco, to talk about the Trust Act. Ammiano had proposed it to prevent immigrants in the U.S. illegally from being turned over to federal officials for possible deportation when arrested by local authorities. Eventually, Brown skewered the measure with his veto pen, saying the bill was "fatally flawed" because it might have let some serious criminals escape deportation.
August 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago was not only a galvanizing moment for African Americans and civil rights. It was also a watershed moment in popular music. Before that hot summer day, pop music was mostly about a catchy tune and a memorable lyric. Since then, it became commonplace for songs with a social message to race up the sales charts. The Beatles and James Brown did it in the '60s, and urban rappers, country singers and alternative-rock bands continue speaking out today.
June 25, 2013 | by Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's drive to revamp a nearly three-decade-old business tax break teetered late Tuesday as he struggled to round up commitments for aye votes from a needed two-thirds of the members of the state Senate. Lobbying and head counting on the controversial bill to all but eliminate the $750-million-a-year enterprise zone program forced multiple postponements of a scheduled 4 p.m. session and sowed doubts about whether the governor would get his way. The program "is wasteful.
December 9, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - Customers have been drifting into Jay Fratt's alternative pipe and tobacco shop, Smokin J's, in the days since Washington state's marijuana law took effect, wondering when cannabis would take its place on the shelves next to the handblown glass pipes. Hold on, he told them. Fratt is, before anything else, a businessman, and he quickly realized there was a lot of smoke in the details. First of all, the law setting up the nation's first legal regulatory system for retail pot won't allow sales until next year.
May 8, 2012
Maybe it was another example of the irrepressible Joe Biden failing to repress an impolitic comment. Or perhaps the vice president's statement on a Sunday talk show that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage was part of an orchestrated attempt by the Obama administration to inch further toward an official endorsement of marriage equality. Either way, Biden's expansive remarks on "Meet the Press" are a reminder that his boss has been trying to have it both ways: supporting equal legal rights for gay couples while stopping short of embracing the "M-word.
March 6, 2012 | Kurt Streeter
Each weekday, when classes are done and the last bell sounds at Dorsey High , Jeremiah Allison steels himself. He folds his lean frame into a weathered SUV and drives three miles to a convalescent home in South Los Angeles. Slowly, somberly, sneakers sliding softly against the linoleum floor, he enters room 214. "Hi, Mom," he says, voice hushed. "Mom?" Time slows. Jeremiah, 17, holds her hands and kisses her cheeks. He tells her about his day, speaks of the prom and the future, of his college scholarship and how good it will be to live far from the troubled neighborhood where she raised him. Tugging his black baseball cap to shield his watery eyes, he flips through Bible verses on his cellphone and reads to her. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you....
May 10, 2003
Re "Green-Card Soldiers Don't Pass Muster," by Mark Krikorian, Commentary, May 6: The San Patricio Battalion (St. Patrick's Battalion) did desert the U.S. Army during the invasion of Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 1848. What Krikorian fails to mention is the reason for the battalion to have deserted. That war was assailed as not only part of the United States' plan of Manifest Destiny but a war of aggression precipitated by the annexation of Texas. It was also perceived by many congressmen as a "religious war," a Protestant country going to war against a Roman Catholic country.
May 30, 1988 | DANIEL R. COWDEN, Daniel R. Cowden, a resident of Eagle River, Alaska, is currently completing his doctorate in public administration at USC. and
Shortly after President Reagan and Secretary Gorbachev meet in Moscow, an event of profound symbolic significance will take place at the opposite end of the vast Soviet landscape. An Alaska Airlines 737 jetliner will sojourn from Nome to the Soviet city of Provideniya on the Bering Sea. This "friendship flight" will be carrying the governor of Alaska, the state's congressional delegation and about 100 Americans of Siberian Yupik Eskimo heritage from St. Lawrence Island and the Alaska mainland.
February 8, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Did detectives move quickly enough? Did the school drop the ball on earlier complaints? Is Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy helping clean up a terrible mess, or making matters worse? These are all fair questions in the sick and sordid case of Miramonte Elementary School, where two teachers were arrested in the last week and charged with lewd acts involving students. One of the cases, in which a teacher is accused, among other things, of feeding semen to blindfolded students, is about as depraved as it gets.
January 26, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The P90X workout is an incredibly popular home-based, boot camp-style video exercise program that some fitness fanatics swear by. But does it do the job? A study of the system finds it does improve cardio respiratory function. The study was commissioned by the American Council on Exercise and done by researchers at the departments of exercise and sport science and physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse . The findings were not published in a peer-review journal, and the experts have also looked at the effectiveness of Reebok toning shoes and shoes that simulate barefoot running.
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