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December 21, 2003
As a single 60-year-old white female who has used the MTA for more than 10 years as my only source of transportation, I am sympathetic to the plight of Bernadette Murphy's l4-year-old son Jarrod ("You Can't Get There From Here," Metropolis, Nov. 30). I speak English, Spanish and a third language, which I (politely) call "aggression"--an absolute necessity while navigating the bus system. The problem with L.A.'s public transportation is not only the myriad legitimate complaints about the service.
November 12, 2001
War is good business for the well situated, and this is harvest time. We are merely witnessing another brief chapter in the centuries-old game of nations. Preventing any and all Muslim unity and cohesion (recently directed toward the Arab populations) has been the West's objective long before the decision was made to create Israel, a European-serving colony in the heart of the Arab world. Hence, we employ the destructive policies of arming and then fighting the myriad dictatorial Arab regimes in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and, most recently, Afghanistan (all fine examples of the divide-and-rule method)
June 27, 1988
In the wake of the recent judgment against the tobacco industry for liability in the death of a cigarette smoker, I find myself mystified by what appears to be myriad hypocrisy on the part of the government of the United States. My ire and cynicism were aroused by comments and rhetoric espoused by Congressman Henry Waxman on a radio talk-show program. In the course of that interview, Waxman applauded the legally vulnerable outcome of the Liggett case and proceeded to describe the noble efforts being proposed by Congress to legislate a total ban on the advertising of cigarettes in all media.
February 19, 1999
In James Pinkerton's Feb. 15 commentary, he takes a gratuitous slap at President Eisenhower. It is bad enough that liberal historians condemn Eisenhower with faint praise; it is inexcusable when Republicans do it. Pinkerton writes that Eisenhower chose to "golf through the dwindling days of his lame-duck presidency." This is so far from the truth as to be laughable. Eisenhower was deeply involved in negotiations with Khrushchev for his "atoms for peace" proposal and in myriad other crucial matters, right to the end of his second term.
February 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Music has long been a part of Scott Spiezio's life. Now it's also part of his therapy. The St. Louis Cardinals' utility player missed more than a month last season while receiving treatment for substance abuse. He poured the emotions from that ordeal and his team's doomed follow-up to a World Series title into the latest CD for Sandfrog, the hard rock band he fronts in his spare time. The title, "Offseason," speaks to Spiezio's off-field issues, Josh Hancock's drunk-driving death and the team's myriad injuries.
Two and a half years after Delores Jackson drowned in his swimming pool, businessman Donald Bohana pleaded not guilty Wednesday to her murder and was ordered held in lieu of $1-million bail. A short bail hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court depicted Bohana as a 60-year-old businessman with widespread contacts, a pilot's license--and more than $4 million in debts.
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
February 1, 2004
If anything, "Gov.'s Loan for Recall Ruled Illegal" (Jan. 27) shows the futility of trying to interpret and comply with the myriad laws, rules and regulations now on the books. The Legislature passes about 1,000 new laws each year. The inevitable result of laws piled on top of laws is that process (how something is done) becomes more important than product (what is done). Forget the goal or objective. We live in a time when legal requirements and paperwork are measured in pounds. All the i's must be dotted and t's crossed to the satisfaction of some judge, lawyer or bureaucrat.
June 29, 2002
No California governor would want to be the object of this observation by a Nevada gambling expert: "California is clearly, under the direction of Gov. Gray Davis, emerging as one of the largest gaming states in America." Unfortunately for Davis and for Californians, it's the truth. Back in the late 1990s, Californians got the impression from their elected officials that the casinos being permitted under dozens of agreements with tribes would be small, remote operations.
August 9, 2006
Re "Diplomatic semantics," editorial, Aug. 8 What I find remarkable is that our government and the media repeatedly portray Hezbollah and Hamas in the Middle East as "non-state" players in the governments being attacked by Israel. Get real. Hamas is the "state" player representing the Palestinians. It was democratically elected by the clear majority of Palestinians. Hezbollah is a "state" player, democratically elected and representing a substantial population in Lebanon. The finest U.S.-supplied precision munitions are raining down on suburbs and apartment buildings, killing four or five noncombatants for every Hezbollah fighter.
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