February 18, 1990
In regard to a comment made about Fox TV's "Alien Nation" (Viewers' Views, Jan. 14), I disagree that it was a good idea badly developed. The series falls in line with the theatrical movie "Alien Nation," but utilizes the cop-show format to attract viewers to a show about racism. This way we can experience the lead characters' interracial friendship, view the rights and wrongs of our society through innocent eyes, reevaluate our standards about racism and still have a good time. The series also deals with the everyday situations of other aliens from all walks of life, and with alien culture, which reminds us of what an ethnic melting pot Los Angeles (the show's setting)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1985
I hear so much about how close-minded and irrational anti-abortionists are that I keep expecting reason and tolerance from the pro-choice people. They keep disappointing me. Take your recent article (Editorial Pages, April 3) by Corinne Shear Wood. Wood arguest that since women are determined to have abortions, ther is no point in discussing the rights and wrongs of having them; the only thing to talk about is how, not whether. This stance gives her some easy rhetorical advantages: she can play the pragmatist and dismiss the complicated questions of life before birth as mere "theoretics," "shrill raging," a "deceptive 'debate.
October 14, 1990
Here are some of the letters that Calendar received on the PBS miniseries "The Civil War" and on two articles about it: Howard Rosenberg's "War Is Hell, but 'Civil War' Is Splendid" (Sept. 21) and Sharon Bernstein's "The Black Reaction to 'Civil War': Pain and Pride" (Sept. 29). Rosenberg's (favorable) review is fat-headed. Ken Burns' 11-hour "epic" on the Civil War has to disappoint anyone serious about finding out the truth. The miniseries does not even take up the question of Robert E. Lee's hypocritical and treasonous turn-about from hater of slavery and favorer of the Union.
May 18, 2010 |
We are taught to believe that ideology is the enemy of free thought. But that's not right. Ideology is a mere checklist of principles and priorities. The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is supposed to go by a familiar plot. And when the facts conflict with the script, we edit the facts. So, for instance, David Horowitz is a stock villain on U.S. campuses because he deviates from the standard formula of coddling the usual victims and lionizing the usual heroes.
June 26, 2013
Re "The right to remain silent is still golden," Editorial, June 24 The Times writes that when the U.S. Supreme Court's Miranda decision - which requires arrestees to be quickly informed of the right to an attorney and the right to remain silent - was handed down in 1966, conservatives objected, just as they are now after the Boston bombing suspect was read his Miranda rights. First, I remember the debate when this issue was before the Supreme Court. The biggest and loudest objections at that time were from law enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 |
A refresher course in avoiding illegal corruption is being planned for state senators and their staffs. That can't hurt. But it's unlikely to clean up any dirty legislators. Illegal corruption is not a redundancy. There's also legal corruption. Legislators, members of Congress and local politicians everywhere are influenced by campaign contributions from private interests, whether the money comes from unions, insurers, oil companies or casino-operating Indian tribes, to name just a handful of corrupting cash cows.