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July 2, 1990
Another blow has been struck against personal freedom in the U.S. Supreme Court's libel decision ("Supreme Court Strips Away 'Opinion' as Libel Defense," Part A, June 22). In a systematic way, the rights of the individual have been curtailed in this country, not for the benefit of the whole nation but in conformity with a narrow interpretation of a conservative vocal minority. Almost imperceptibly, thought control has become institutionalized. A litmus test of adherence to beliefs has been tacitly imposed.
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.
October 30, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
White House versus Fox News eye gouging has been all the rage in recent days. The Obama administration calls the cable outlet a partisan political organ. Fox retorts that the president can't take a fair punch. Fox says just check its news programs -- filled with "fair and balanced" coverage -- and don't peg its reputation solely on the work of commentators like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. The debate over the meaning of Fox News has become so routine, and so routinely partisan, that one hesitates to join the fray again.
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.
July 20, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
It was an innocent question. All Paul Olden wanted to know was, what did then-Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda think of Dave Kingman's performance against the Dodgers that afternoon in Dodger Stadium. More specifically, what was Lasorda's opinion of it? The towering Kingman had just hit three home runs in a 10-7 Chicago Cubs victory on May 14, 1978, the last a three-run shot against Rick Rhoden in the top of the 15th inning.
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