February 26, 2006
Re "Partisan Snub of Republican Katrina Inquiry Now Looks Petty," column, Feb. 19 For the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the American people demanded a bipartisan, independent commission to conduct a thorough review. But for those devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the greatest American natural disaster, House Republicans ignored calls for an independent review. Ronald Brownstein may have disagreed with my decision against formal Democratic participation in Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Davis' partisan committee, but the facts have proved me correct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1997
I read with interest your Aug. 17 article about Ralph Reed entering Orange County congressional politics to help Republican challenger Bob Zemel campaign against Rep. Loretta Sanchez in next November's election. I also read an Aug. 24 letter to the editor savoring a fight between Sanchez and Zemel for the partisan "title" to this territory. As a constituent in the 46th District and as someone active in my community, I naturally resent my neighborhood being defined by its location on the political football field.
November 8, 1987
When the time comes to face another Warsaw pact to our south, who in their right minds would say then that we shouldn't have acted now to defuse that eventuality when we had the chance to do it at a relatively small cost? Let us not allow the partisan fervor blazing in the bowels of the Democratic majority in Congress blind the rest of us to the national security interests of the nation as a whole. Let not their desire to bring down a Republican President also bring down the American citadel of liberty.
January 30, 2007
Re "Apocalypse no," Current, Jan. 28 David A. Bell's thesis requires the suppression of critical facts, which is always dangerous terrain for a historian. His thesis also requires the willful use of bizarre risk comparisons. Body counts do not capture the full gravity of an event, nor do they mean the same thing to different peoples. The assassination of a single man ignited World War I. Many of the 20 million Soviet deaths in World War II resulted from Stalin's military strategy. Bell also hides his partisan purposes.
December 8, 2008
Re "Bush's big 'regret,' " editorial, Dec. 4 You make the mistake of giving credibility to any of President Bush's replies -- especially this one, that the biggest regret of his presidency is the "intelligence failure in Iraq." Past evidence indicates that his administration never based statements on truth or principle but on partisan effect or, perhaps in this case, self-interest. It has been obvious since before the invasion of Iraq that Bush would not be deterred from his course, regardless of WMD or any other exigency.
January 24, 2009
Re "Mixed legacies," Opinion, Jan. 18 The Times is right on target. We need to remember that the best presidents were not perfect and the worst of the lot had some redeeming qualities. In the heat of partisan debate, this is often forgotten. But we need to keep this in mind as we look forward too. We are always in danger of expecting too much of a new president and making too much of his perceived failures and too little of his successes. We shouldn't have to wait for history to correct our perspective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996
The "birthday" party for Mrs. Kemp, wife of VP candidate Jack Kemp in a Fillmore city park, billed as a historical event is a political event. Children were let out of the local public school to attend, and these kids were instructed to make signs of greeting. Persons of the opposing party were told they could not display partisan signs. That is unlawful, unconstitutional. Anybody can carry a picket style sign following the rules for doing so like "keep moving, don't block fire lanes, don't block entrances, etc."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1999
Re "Hantavirus Safety Must Take Priority," Ventura County Perspective, June 20. I continue to be disappointed but not surprised by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley). He is concerned with the possibility that the federal government may put lives at risk because of lax notification procedures about the hantavirus epidemic in mice at Channel Island National Park. His concern for public safety apparently does not extend to those at risk from injury by handguns, as he voted for John Dingell's National Rifle Assn.