July 12, 2013
Re "Democracy and Prop. 8," Letters, July 11 I could not let pass the opportunity to point out the fallacy of Tony Hillbruner's letter lamenting the invalidating of Proposition 8. Hillbruner stated that when ruling on Proposition 8, federal District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, a gay man, should have recused himself for bias. One of the arguments used by proponents of Proposition 8 in the 2008 campaign was that gay marriage harms straight marriages. Under that argument, which I and many others never understood, wouldn't that negate the bias argument, as heterosexual judges would also have cause to rule a certain way because of their orientation?
July 11, 2013
In baseball, it's often said that it's what a hitter does his second time around the league that is a testament to his abilities. A look at what Yasiel Puig has done against the three teams he has faced in two series this season: San Diego (June 3-5) 5 for 12 2 homers 5 RBIs .417 avg. San Diego (June 20-23) 4 for 16 1 homer 1 RBI .250 avg. San Francisco (June 24-26) 6 for 12 1 homer 2 RBIs .500 avg. San Francisco (July 5-7)
July 6, 2013
When Antonio Villaraigosa took over as mayor of Los Angeles in 2005, The Times published at least five letters to the editor - and received many more submissions than that - on the historic moment. L.A. had elected its second Latino mayor ever, and he was promising big things. Not surprisingly, readers had much to say. And for new Mayor Eric Garcetti's first week? Regular readers have probably noticed that only one letter on Garcetti - Friday's lead piece imploring the mayor to focus on affordable housing in Los Angeles - has been published since his inauguration Sunday.
June 29, 2013
Re "DWP to tap water over toxic site," June 24 A better idea than pumping and treating water from contaminated wells is to use less water. Half of all residential water use in Southern California - more in some areas - is for landscape needs, including to keep our imported lawns green. Homeowners, landlords, businesses, schools and others should grow native California plants in most places, reserving grass for recreational and sports activities that require it. Once established, colorful, water-wise, environmentally friendly native plants that Mother Nature intended to grow here use one-seventh as much water, while helping native birds, butterflies and pollinators thrive.
June 29, 2013
Re "Silent witness to abuse," Column One, June 26 Many in his Ventura County Catholic community more than three decades ago suspected that Father Donald Patrick Roemer sexually abused children, but few spoke out. Some approved of his affection for children; others were unable to accept the accusations brought against him. Catholic seminarians live in tight-knit communities and are held to high standards of behavior. How is it that more than a few pedophiles manage to squeeze through the system and reach ordination?
June 26, 2013
Re "Public may get little in stadium deal," June 23 The Times' story about the public getting little in return from the deal to give USC control over the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was very one-sided. Of course USC should run the Coliseum and put the profits back into improving the building. The state, county and city have proved beyond any question that they have been inept in their attempts to run the city's most famous sports venue. With the university across the street from the Coliseum, it is in everyone's best interest to turn it over to USC, which promises to fix up the place.
June 26, 2013
Re "Tweeting by mail," Opinion, June 23 As a man of 85, I have seen the transition from postcards to Twitter, and I can say without hesitation that both serve a valuable purpose in communicating in simple language. There is a fundamental aesthetic quality in Japanese haiku: that it is internally sufficient, independent of context and bears consideration as a complete work. Some postcards have gained these qualities through time and use. Let us hope that concise tweets of intelligence and poetic structure may do the same.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 |
Community members are hoping to fund a proper burial for the body of a man found Wednesday wrapped in trash bags under the earth of his own backyard, neighbors said. The man's wife buried her husband behind their porch in Apple Valley weeks ago, contending she could not afford to pay for a formal burial, San Bernardino County authorities said. When the woman's neighbor, Colin Wilson, heard the news Wednesday, he and his sister set up an online fundraising page. By Friday afternoon, $1,500 of their $3,000 goal had been raised, according to the page.
June 20, 2013 |
As dreadful and frustrating as his season has been, Josh Hamilton has not snapped a bat in two over his knee after a strikeout, fired a helmet against a dugout wall after hitting into a double play or gone all Manny Pacquiao on a water cooler after a popout. To fans angered by Hamilton's feeble .213 average, 10 home runs, 24 runs batted in and 73 strikeouts entering Wednesday night's game against Seattle - numbers that are hardly commensurate with the five-year, $125-million contract he signed in December - that's a sign of indifference.
June 19, 2013
Re "F-22's rough ride," June 16 While spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the F-22 and the F-35 programs, we still have weapons systems that, despite their sophisticated schemes to avoid radar or thermally guided threats, are still vulnerable to conventional anti-aircraft shells, other ballistic ordnance and even accidental damage. What missions might justify risking such costly weapons and their crews? What might they achieve that could justify their loss? Even if we make the large assumption that we can get these aircraft to perform as designed, they just might be too expensive to hazard.