May 7, 1994
Mike Downey, I don't know whether your commentary about Marquette University changing the nickname of its teams form Warriors to Golden Eagles was tongue in cheek. However, as part Indian, let me state another point of view. Of course, because I am only part Indian, my views don't count with some Indians. However, my full-blooded relatives, who are Apache, think it is a great compliment to the Indians when a university adopts an Indian nickname. They think it is a tribute that they are associated with warriors and braves and chiefs.
May 17, 1998
Re "Parents Tell of Grief in Lawsuit Over Harvest of Son's Cornea," May 13: It would seem a lawyer got to Richard and Sandy Baltierra. If they ever receive money from the lawsuit, and I hope they don't, they can prove the sincerity of their grief by contributing it to some charity specializing in aid to the blind. One must be very narrow-minded to deny the dead their last chance to aid a disabled living person. PETER R. McGOWAN, Long Beach
August 12, 2006
IN "Oliver Stone's Ground Zero" [Aug. 8], Patrick Goldstein wrote, "I often get mail from conservatives saying they won't see a movie starring Sean Penn because they don't like his politics, which to me is just as narrow-minded as my saying I wouldn't see a movie directed by Mel Gibson because he hates Jews. Artists are not necessarily nice people, but it's their work that matters, not their politics or prejudices." What a dumb comment that is, the self-satisfaction that Goldstein obviously took in making it notwithstanding.
February 7, 1999
I don't know which is more disturbing, the racially motivated assault with a deadly weapon on Burton Street Elementary principal Norman Bernstein (Feb. 3) or Los Angeles school board President Victoria Castro's comments following the attack: "Yes, some parents were seeking a Latino principal based on previous conflicts they had had with the current principal. I do not think that is an unreasonable request. Any time there is a community that feels they are in a conflict and they are primarily Spanish-speaking, they'll ask for a Spanish-speaking principal and preferably a Latino."
December 29, 2008
Re "Politics cited in school naming," Dec. 23 Naming a school after slain Officer Randal Simmons is a great tribute to a person who offered so much to Carson and to Los Angeles. To rescind the proposal, only to name the school after Cesar Chavez because the school is in a heavily Latino community, shows how narrow-minded politicians can be. We already have Cesar Chavez Boulevard in East Los Angeles, a Cesar Chavez holiday on March 30 and Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1990
I see we are being subjected to yet another of the Rev. Louis Sheldon's self-aggrandizing crusades, this one in the matter of the David Wojnarowicz art exhibit. Good Lord, aren't there other, more important things that this self-proclaimed man of God could turn his hyperkinetic energies to? Like the homeless? Or the poor and the hungry? If those aren't exciting enough for the good reverend, how about turning his attention inward, and cleaning up the shameful shambles that organized religion has become under the influences of the Jim Bakkers and the Jimmy Swaggerts?