April 26, 2003
Once again my suspicion that for most people, the 1st Amendment exists only for those whose opinions they agree with, was confirmed in last week's barrage of letters in Viewpoint. Dale Petroskey's decision to cancel an entire event celebrating the making of "Bull Durham" because he didn't agree with the views of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon on the war, becomes an exercise in "free speech," and Robbins' and Sarandon's antiwar stance is described as a "tirade." It might surprise some folks that the founding fathers believed that the right of everyone to state their opinion, even if they disagree with the government, should be respected.
September 11, 1999
Your hypocrisy knows no bounds! Mr. Penner should turn his venomous insights toward his own paper. He basically says there is no journalistic value to ESPN [Sept. 7]. It is just a bunch of entertainment and other worthless rubbish. This, I guess, is opposed to all the valuable sports journalism your current writers provide. I don't recall the last time I read an article by a Times sportswriter that reported just the game or event being covered. Everything is accompanied by a worthless opinion, anecdote, or solution.
March 13, 2003
"Snowmobilers Riding High in Yellowstone" (March 9) fails to mention the heavy lobbying by the snowmobile industry, which donated large sums of money to the Republicans. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel (D-Pa.) laments that "it's going to take public outrage" to reverse the Bush administration's lifting of the ban on snowmobiles in the park. Apparently, the fact that public opinion runs 4 to 1 against snowmobiles isn't enough outrage for President Bush. Nor is the opposition of the Environmental Protection Agency (under the hamstrung "leadership" of Christie Whitman)
April 10, 2005
Each Sunday I read The Times' comics (a.k.a. Opinion pages). Usually this is at breakfast. Most of the time this usually demands an infusion of antacid. On April 3, however, I was unusually surprised, sort of. The article by Karin Klein, "How I Gamed the SAT," was great until the last sentence. While I was reading it, I took her examples and was grading the article according to her scale. Until the end of the article, I had given her a 5, maybe a 6. However, she inserted a left-wing wacko commentary in the last paragraph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1992 |
Malcolm spoke the truth and many did not like to hear what the world was really like. The people of this world prefer to believe their own lies, to live in a make-believe world, rather than face the problems they cause. Many people of our generation are attracted by Malcolm X because everything that plagued his time still plagues us today. In modern America, we have no Malcolm X or Martin Luther King Jr., so we look back in history to find a hero.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1990
This may come as a surprise, but many of your readers don't buy The Times for the editorial page, but in spite of it. Seeing an occasional empty opinion page, as the one depicted in Conrad's cartoon of June 26, would be an improvement. GREG FERRIER Castaic