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July 2, 1990
One lesson to be learned from the Rehnquist court's defamation decision--especially for Californians critical of our state Supreme Court under Rose Bird--is that judicial activism is pernicious whether it dresses in liberal or conservative robes. Of course, its effect is far more dangerous when it discourages the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right of every American--in my opinion. JOSEPH KORNOWSKI Santa Clarita
November 2, 1992 | Compiled by Erik Hamilton and Danica Kirka for The Times
MICHELLE TURLEY, Senior, 16 Our parents pass on (racism) to their children. That's the problem. You can't fix what the parents have already told the kids. But you need to bring education about different backgrounds into the school. There's also not a lot of history from other nations being taught. (Black students) want to learn about Africa. (They) want to be considered that they're not "less" than other people. The civil rights movement only happened recently. They want to be equal.
January 18, 1993 | Erik Hamilton for The Times
HOLLY ASUNCION Freshman, 14, Downey High School As teen-agers, we are easily influenced by our friends and people we see on an elevated level. We are taught constantly, sometimes profoundly. We do not need ethics to be taught as a subject; it is already required in life. We do not need to answer questions 1-5 at the end of each chapter. Ethics are learned individually. As individuals, we have individualized morals. Ethics are taught to us knowingly and unknowingly.
In these cash-strapped days, people are lucky to get to see a show once, never mind a second or third time. But with "Spamalot" now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre more than four years after it opened on Broadway and a couple of years after it premiered in Las Vegas, there are a number of returning customers, Monty Python addicts chief among them.
December 21, 2003 | Stephen Bayley
Dude, who stole my brain? It's a question that needs answering. On both sides of the Atlantic, there is a deadening conformity in matters of opinion. In politics, the ritual responses of right and left are wearily predictable. Academic discourse is numbed by dual constraints of peer-group review in truck with the stifling nostrums of correctitude.
August 13, 2011
What is news analysis doing on the front page of a newspaper? If you haven't noticed, there's an opinion page for that stuff" That was the question reader Stuart Fink sent us last week after The Times published a front-page news analysis by reporter Peter Nicholas on the debt-ceiling deal's political fallout for President Obama. The paper has published 35 news analysis pieces so far this year, and the question Fink asks often comes up when we do. Reply from Washington bureau chief David Lauter: A newspaper employs many different formats to communicate information and ideas to its readers — news reporting, analysis and commentary being among them.
August 29, 2013 | By Michael McGough
AB 154, a bill in the California Legislature that would allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician's assistants to perform some early abortions, won't be controversial with most supporters of legal abortion. But it severs a connection between abortion rights and the practice of medicine that played an important role in the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The supposedly indispensable role of the doctor in abortion decisions also has figured in the defense of abortion rights by politicians, including those who say the procedure should be rare -- such as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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