October 15, 2005
Re "Shut Out on Healthcare After Storm," Oct. 9 First, many citizens with life-threatening illnesses died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina because of the slow response by our government. Now, the jobless survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, who have been left without healthcare and have life-threatening illnesses, face the same fate. This appalling lack of concern for the most vulnerable citizens in our society will certainly be foremost in my mind during the next presidential and congressional elections.
September 9, 2005
I am glad to see that Rosa Brooks is publicizing the most egregious of the Katrina scandals: the large number of poor people who live in our midst (Opinion, Sept. 7). Brooks uses the disaster to assail the right, but I have a different take. Once the champion of the less fortunate, the Democratic Party, to which I have belonged for 35 years, has abandoned the poor in preference to abortion rights, gay marriage, political correctness and the placation of major contributors. Brooks should have pointed the finger at all levels of government, both political parties, special interests, black leadership and every one of us for not doing enough about this problem.
July 27, 2005
Re "Housing Boom Has Left Them Out in the Heat," July 22 With 200 billion taxpayer dollars spent on the war in Iraq and no end in sight, it is a national disgrace that 15 homeless people have died on the streets of Phoenix. I guess the homeless are not part of the "culture of life" that the president was so concerned about when he pushed the Terri Schiavo special legislation through Congress. Elena House Los Angeles
December 18, 2001
Re "U.S. to Launch Operation Dessert Storm," Dec. 16: Is this country crazy or what? The Times reported that we are dropping 46,000 pounds of cake on the Afghans to celebrate the end of Ramadan so they can share sweets with the family. Meanwhile, back here, our homeless wander the streets hungry and some in our military are on food stamps. This is a national disgrace! Herb Franck Coronado
December 1, 2001 |
At the entrance to this city's newest museum, visitors are given a ticket randomly assigning them a skin color, then ushered through one of two doors, marked "White" and "Non-white." Once inside, they file past enlarged copies of identity papers and into a so-called Hall of Classification. There, they confront a placard inscribed with a historic and central piece of South African legislation: the Population Registration Act of 1950, which categorized and segregated the people of this nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2001
Usually reliable sources report that rural medical care is at a new low in quality, that our nation ranks 28th in the world in providing health care, that 40 million-plus of our citizens do not have access to medical insurance and that Congress is in thralldom to the pharmaceutical industry. Add to these sorry conditions news that the majority of our highways and bridges are rated inadequate to dangerous, that the crumbling physical condition of our schools is a national disgrace and our air traffic system is obsolete and dangerously overextended.