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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1989
Although I never had the slightest doubt that North would weasel out from under the Iran-Contra scandal, either as a result of a presidential pardon, or through the tired "national security" excuse, I think it must be a sign that the corruption of our government is complete when even the fall guys are getting off scot-free. RANDALL SMITH La Jolla
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October 5, 2005
Amazing to read the fatuous optimism of the Army leadership regarding the Iraq debacle (Oct. 3). Gen. John P. Abizaid even claims that his commanders are "confident that they're moving in a good direction." Really? What direction is that? Occupying Iraq in perpetuity? Driving the U.S. into bankruptcy? The Bush administration has failed to identify any concrete goals for its invasion; how can the military claim to know what it's trying to do when its commander in chief has no idea? Our brave soldiers have been sent to die for a lost cause.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990
The publicly proclaimed policy of President Bush to starve the entire population of a country (Iraq) in order to achieve his political ends should be condemned by every U.S. citizen who considers himself a human being ("Saudis Close Last Major Iraqi Oil Outlet, Turn Away Tanker," Aug. 14). Old people, children, and infants born and unborn will no doubt suffer and die as a result of this unbelievably callous tactic, whose implementation is being funded by our desperately needed tax dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Longtime Orange County lobbyist Randall G. Smith, whose influence extended across two decades of local government, died Sunday night at his home in Yorba Linda. He was 55. Smith had long been diabetic. The cause of his death was unknown Monday. "Randy was a big man with an even bigger heart," said Gaddi H. Vasquez, director of the Peace Corps and a former county supervisor. "He was one of the most generous souls I've ever met."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1992
Well, it looks like George Bush can finally enter himself in that pantheon of U.S. presidents who have spread-eagled themselves for Israel ("Bush OKs Israel Loan Guarantees," Aug. 12). At a time when U.S. residential foreclosures are at record highs and our own people are homeless in horrifying numbers, Bush is pledging $10 billion of our tax money to subsidize construction in territories that Israel has illegally occupied for 25 years (in brazen defiance of the U.N.). Presumably future taxpayer grants to Israel, which is by far the largest recipient of U.S. aid, will be used to pay off the very loans we are now co-signing.
OPINION
January 12, 1986
It seems to me that one of the first priorities of the Reagan Administration has always been to find someone to blame when things go wrong. Leaving aside the questions of whether a President who appoints an apparently vast array of incompetents to serve him can be blameless himself, or whether in any case it is the primary duty of a President to avoid blame, I advance the following suggestion: Appoint a full-time Excuse-and-Finger-Pointing Commission...
OPINION
October 5, 2005
Amazing to read the fatuous optimism of the Army leadership regarding the Iraq debacle (Oct. 3). Gen. John P. Abizaid even claims that his commanders are "confident that they're moving in a good direction." Really? What direction is that? Occupying Iraq in perpetuity? Driving the U.S. into bankruptcy? The Bush administration has failed to identify any concrete goals for its invasion; how can the military claim to know what it's trying to do when its commander in chief has no idea? Our brave soldiers have been sent to die for a lost cause.
OPINION
July 29, 1990
We are rapidly growing our own Third World right inside our borders, but this is not generally discussed in polite society; The Times is to be commended. However, the authors do a grave disservice to the vast majority of Americans in general, and to hundreds of thousands of committed activists and volunteers in particular, when they state that: "Without thinking very hard about it, Americans as a society apparently have chosen to tolerate this level of poverty." The implication that the American population as a whole (a)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1987
It seems to me that the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service have a lot of explaining to do in the matter of the six Jordanians who are facing deportation because of their affiliation with the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In spite of the fact that the FBI has investigated these individuals for 10 months, the most serious charge they could come up with was a violation of the McCarthy-era McCarran-Walter Act; as a result, these students are accused of "writ(ing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1988
I would like to thank The Times for Daniel Weintraub's article on state Sen. Jim Ellis' (R-San Diego) bill to grant automatic six-month building permit extensions to developers adversely affected by growth-limiting laws (Part I, Aug. 24). It is now manifestly clear (if it wasn't already) that the building industry's statements to the effect that it is a benevolent group intensely concerned with working in concert with the local population to create jobs and beautify the community are no more than public relations at best, or disinformation at worst.
OPINION
October 21, 2001
The hypocrisy of the Israeli government's outrage in the wake of the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi could not be more breathtaking ("Israel Issues Ultimatum After Minister's Slaying," Oct. 18). Israel has for years pursued a deliberate policy of targeting Palestinian officials and leaders for extrajudicial assassination, often by rocketing from U.S.-supplied helicopter gunships or via long-range sniper fire from Israeli military units. Dozens of high-ranking Palestinians have been murdered in this fashion, with only muted objection by the U.S., which continues to supply Israel with billions of dollars of aid annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1992
Well, it looks like George Bush can finally enter himself in that pantheon of U.S. presidents who have spread-eagled themselves for Israel ("Bush OKs Israel Loan Guarantees," Aug. 12). At a time when U.S. residential foreclosures are at record highs and our own people are homeless in horrifying numbers, Bush is pledging $10 billion of our tax money to subsidize construction in territories that Israel has illegally occupied for 25 years (in brazen defiance of the U.N.). Presumably future taxpayer grants to Israel, which is by far the largest recipient of U.S. aid, will be used to pay off the very loans we are now co-signing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990
The publicly proclaimed policy of President Bush to starve the entire population of a country (Iraq) in order to achieve his political ends should be condemned by every U.S. citizen who considers himself a human being ("Saudis Close Last Major Iraqi Oil Outlet, Turn Away Tanker," Aug. 14). Old people, children, and infants born and unborn will no doubt suffer and die as a result of this unbelievably callous tactic, whose implementation is being funded by our desperately needed tax dollars.
OPINION
July 29, 1990
We are rapidly growing our own Third World right inside our borders, but this is not generally discussed in polite society; The Times is to be commended. However, the authors do a grave disservice to the vast majority of Americans in general, and to hundreds of thousands of committed activists and volunteers in particular, when they state that: "Without thinking very hard about it, Americans as a society apparently have chosen to tolerate this level of poverty." The implication that the American population as a whole (a)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1989
Although I never had the slightest doubt that North would weasel out from under the Iran-Contra scandal, either as a result of a presidential pardon, or through the tired "national security" excuse, I think it must be a sign that the corruption of our government is complete when even the fall guys are getting off scot-free. RANDALL SMITH La Jolla
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1988
I would like to thank The Times for Daniel Weintraub's article on state Sen. Jim Ellis' (R-San Diego) bill to grant automatic six-month building permit extensions to developers adversely affected by growth-limiting laws (Part I, Aug. 24). It is now manifestly clear (if it wasn't already) that the building industry's statements to the effect that it is a benevolent group intensely concerned with working in concert with the local population to create jobs and beautify the community are no more than public relations at best, or disinformation at worst.
OPINION
October 21, 2001
The hypocrisy of the Israeli government's outrage in the wake of the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi could not be more breathtaking ("Israel Issues Ultimatum After Minister's Slaying," Oct. 18). Israel has for years pursued a deliberate policy of targeting Palestinian officials and leaders for extrajudicial assassination, often by rocketing from U.S.-supplied helicopter gunships or via long-range sniper fire from Israeli military units. Dozens of high-ranking Palestinians have been murdered in this fashion, with only muted objection by the U.S., which continues to supply Israel with billions of dollars of aid annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Longtime Orange County lobbyist Randall G. Smith, whose influence extended across two decades of local government, died Sunday night at his home in Yorba Linda. He was 55. Smith had long been diabetic. The cause of his death was unknown Monday. "Randy was a big man with an even bigger heart," said Gaddi H. Vasquez, director of the Peace Corps and a former county supervisor. "He was one of the most generous souls I've ever met."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1987
It seems to me that the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service have a lot of explaining to do in the matter of the six Jordanians who are facing deportation because of their affiliation with the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In spite of the fact that the FBI has investigated these individuals for 10 months, the most serious charge they could come up with was a violation of the McCarthy-era McCarran-Walter Act; as a result, these students are accused of "writ(ing)
OPINION
January 12, 1986
It seems to me that one of the first priorities of the Reagan Administration has always been to find someone to blame when things go wrong. Leaving aside the questions of whether a President who appoints an apparently vast array of incompetents to serve him can be blameless himself, or whether in any case it is the primary duty of a President to avoid blame, I advance the following suggestion: Appoint a full-time Excuse-and-Finger-Pointing Commission...
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