November 7, 2012
Re "Keeping politics out of the pulpit," Editorial, Nov. 5 Today I consider myself a freelance Catholic. I still go to Mass daily because I really enjoy the experience, but that's about it. I don't want anything to do with the organization. Two quotes from your editorial - one in which a Roman Catholic bishop says those who enable the destruction of life also reject Jesus, and another from a bishop who suggested that hellfire awaits those who vote the wrong way - are particularly egregious but typical of present-day Catholic hierarchical thinking.
November 8, 2013 |
For anyone interested in the politics of left and right -- and in political journalism as it is practiced at the highest level -- George Orwell's works are indispensable. This week, in the year marking the 110th anniversary of his birth, we present a personal list of his five greatest essays. The winner and still champ, Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" stands as the finest deconstruction of slovenly writing since Mark Twain's " Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses . " Orwell's essay, published in 1946 in Cyril Connolly's literary review Horizon, is not as sarcastic or funny as Twain's, but unlike Twain, Orwell makes the connection between degraded language and political deceit (at both ends of the political spectrum)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 |
The Legislature is about to decide whether to allow a colleague to become the first Republican Latino to hold statewide office in 135 years. But more important questions also will be answered: Can the Legislature's Democratic majority vote for a Republican? Can Democratic Latinos vote for a potentially rival Republican Latino? Can Republican conservatives vote for one of the Legislature's very rare Republican moderates? In short, can this Legislature behave in a bipartisan manner?
March 17, 2013
Re "Playing ball with AEG," Editorial, March 15 The Times' editorial board cannot control its bias even when writing about a business topic. Regarding the editorial's description of AEG owner Phil Anschutz as "the conservative Denver billionaire," noting Anschutz's political persuasion is completely irrelevant. The fact that some of our less-than-ideal local leaders might have reservations about him because of his politics should be ridiculed. Anschutz has brought much economic benefit to the area.
May 30, 2013
Re "Liberal in a national pulpit," May 27 This article helps explain why the Episcopal Church's membership has declined over the last 50 years - by a whopping 40%. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of the Episcopal Washington National Cathedral since late last year, is to be admired for his strong convictions. He clearly is a unique person with his own sense of right and wrong. But just because his message comes from a pulpit doesn't mean it is right. There are equally compelling counter-messages, coming from other pulpits, every Sunday morning.
October 23, 2012
Re "U.S. can't link Libya attack to Al Qaeda," Oct. 20 I'm more than disappointed that we have another intelligence failure to deal with. Our national interests have been ill served by an armed attack that no one saw coming. The loss of a good man, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, will hurt our efforts in Libya. Worst of all, we have the Republicans playing "gotcha" politics, jumping the shark on every rumor to call President Obama a liar. They've even convinced Mitt Romney, who I believe to be a somewhat honest man, to join in. Will the Republicans pay the price for being so badly wrong?