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February 25, 1997
Re James G. Shaw's Feb. 19 letter: Shaw asserts that Anthony Lake is not qualified to serve as head of the CIA because he played political games, participated in subterfuge and concealed information from oversight. Am I missing something? It strikes me that if what Shaw says is accurate, Lake is utterly suited to lead the CIA. He will fit right in. RONALD RUBIN Topanga Caption: Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo.
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OPINION
July 6, 2009
Re "Allies want Sanford to quit," July 2 Gov. Mark Sanford must be the most maladroit, flat-out goofy politician to ever bumble across the national scene. From his "True Confessions"-inspired e-mails to his lover to his schoolboy assertions of crossing the line, it is painfully obvious that the man hasn't the remotest clue how his words sound to others. Ronald Rubin Topanga -- Obviously Sanford never learned that "silence is golden." I think his lack of loyalty, honesty, integrity and intelligence should disqualify him from office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Re "Killer of Gay Student Is Spared Death Penalty," Nov. 5: In a vengeful, bloodthirsty society of little understanding and less compassion, I am moved beyond measure by the parents of Matthew Shepard, who refused to take the life of their son's murderer. Their deeply human and loving act honors their son. What they have done is a too rare reminder of Rainer Maria Rilke's observation that "perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us."
OPINION
August 31, 2008
Re "The next president will disappoint you," Opinion, Aug. 24 Andrew J. Bacevich is fundamentally wrong. If the last eight years have proved anything, it is that a single administration's misguided policies can have enormous consequences for the country and for the world in a relatively short time. Nobody expects the next president to single-handedly fix every problem we face, but addressing those problems with sincerity, rationality and honesty will be a huge improvement over the current administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2001
Most historians tell us that upward of 6,000 Americans died at Antietam, not the 4,800 suggested in your Sept. 13 editorial, "Invisible Changes." The casualties at Antietam numbered more than double the total killed in the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War combined. It was also four times the total of Americans who lost their lives on June 6, 1944, storming the beaches at Normandy. Who knows what dreadful comparisons will now be added to the historical record. Ronald Rubin Topanga
OPINION
February 27, 2004
Re "The Stepford Reporters," Opinion, Feb. 22: I agree that "voters deserve better than the media's robotic repetition of cliches." But it must be a difficult task to report with originality and accuracy on a politician who speaks almost exclusively in cliches (with perhaps an occasional platitude or bromide tossed in). It would take a James Joyce at the height of his powers to comment on anything George W. Bush says (his latest State of the Union was an endless array of cliches strung together with commas and periods)
OPINION
December 21, 2003
Re "Halliburton Overcharge Not Intentional, Pentagon Says," Dec. 18: Can you imagine the reaction of a judge to a driver who claimed he didn't run over that old woman in a crosswalk, it was his old car that did it? But we are supposed to swallow the story that the people at Halliburton aren't really responsible for overcharging the Pentagon (the U.S. taxpayers) $61 million, it was the firm's "antiquated" accounting that did it. I wonder if Halliburton would have allowed its accounting system to hang around long enough to become antiquated if it were in the habit of undercharging.
OPINION
August 31, 2008
Re "The next president will disappoint you," Opinion, Aug. 24 Andrew J. Bacevich is fundamentally wrong. If the last eight years have proved anything, it is that a single administration's misguided policies can have enormous consequences for the country and for the world in a relatively short time. Nobody expects the next president to single-handedly fix every problem we face, but addressing those problems with sincerity, rationality and honesty will be a huge improvement over the current administration.
OPINION
April 23, 2000
When I read (April 19) that a deputy district attorney of Riverside is trying to pin a yearlong sentence on a brain-damaged woman with the mental capacity of a 6-year-old, I was filled with rage at such benighted idiocy. Were we being revisited by some blackhooded inquisitor from the Dark Ages? I would like to have throttled him. But if the woman, who suffered a stroke at 18 and has spent nearly all her life in a mental institution, is to be understood and pitied, mustn't I show the same measure of empathy for a man, who, bereft of any generosity of heart or feeling, is obviously at least as damaged and handicapped as she is?
OPINION
July 6, 2009
Re "Allies want Sanford to quit," July 2 Gov. Mark Sanford must be the most maladroit, flat-out goofy politician to ever bumble across the national scene. From his "True Confessions"-inspired e-mails to his lover to his schoolboy assertions of crossing the line, it is painfully obvious that the man hasn't the remotest clue how his words sound to others. Ronald Rubin Topanga -- Obviously Sanford never learned that "silence is golden." I think his lack of loyalty, honesty, integrity and intelligence should disqualify him from office.
OPINION
February 27, 2004
Re "The Stepford Reporters," Opinion, Feb. 22: I agree that "voters deserve better than the media's robotic repetition of cliches." But it must be a difficult task to report with originality and accuracy on a politician who speaks almost exclusively in cliches (with perhaps an occasional platitude or bromide tossed in). It would take a James Joyce at the height of his powers to comment on anything George W. Bush says (his latest State of the Union was an endless array of cliches strung together with commas and periods)
OPINION
December 21, 2003
Re "Halliburton Overcharge Not Intentional, Pentagon Says," Dec. 18: Can you imagine the reaction of a judge to a driver who claimed he didn't run over that old woman in a crosswalk, it was his old car that did it? But we are supposed to swallow the story that the people at Halliburton aren't really responsible for overcharging the Pentagon (the U.S. taxpayers) $61 million, it was the firm's "antiquated" accounting that did it. I wonder if Halliburton would have allowed its accounting system to hang around long enough to become antiquated if it were in the habit of undercharging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2001
Most historians tell us that upward of 6,000 Americans died at Antietam, not the 4,800 suggested in your Sept. 13 editorial, "Invisible Changes." The casualties at Antietam numbered more than double the total killed in the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War combined. It was also four times the total of Americans who lost their lives on June 6, 1944, storming the beaches at Normandy. Who knows what dreadful comparisons will now be added to the historical record. Ronald Rubin Topanga
OPINION
April 23, 2000
When I read (April 19) that a deputy district attorney of Riverside is trying to pin a yearlong sentence on a brain-damaged woman with the mental capacity of a 6-year-old, I was filled with rage at such benighted idiocy. Were we being revisited by some blackhooded inquisitor from the Dark Ages? I would like to have throttled him. But if the woman, who suffered a stroke at 18 and has spent nearly all her life in a mental institution, is to be understood and pitied, mustn't I show the same measure of empathy for a man, who, bereft of any generosity of heart or feeling, is obviously at least as damaged and handicapped as she is?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Re "Killer of Gay Student Is Spared Death Penalty," Nov. 5: In a vengeful, bloodthirsty society of little understanding and less compassion, I am moved beyond measure by the parents of Matthew Shepard, who refused to take the life of their son's murderer. Their deeply human and loving act honors their son. What they have done is a too rare reminder of Rainer Maria Rilke's observation that "perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997
Re James G. Shaw's Feb. 19 letter: Shaw asserts that Anthony Lake is not qualified to serve as head of the CIA because he played political games, participated in subterfuge and concealed information from oversight. Am I missing something? It strikes me that if what Shaw says is accurate, Lake is utterly suited to lead the CIA. He will fit right in. RONALD RUBIN Topanga Caption: Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo.
NEWS
January 23, 1986 | Associated Press
The financially troubled Bellevue Stratford Hotel, a city landmark favored by Presidents and famous for the first known outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease, will close Feb. 2, its owner said Wednesday. Rubin Associates, principal owner of the 565-room hotel, said it hoped to undertake extensive renovations and reopen the building as a combination of offices, retail shops, restaurants and a small, luxury hotel.
OPINION
May 20, 2008
Re "WWII savior of young Jews," May 13 As I picked up The Times this morning, I braced myself for the usual tales of mendacity, criminality, greed and blind ambition. But there was a story of breathtaking inspiration about Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who had risked her life again and again to save Jews -- mostly children -- during the Holocaust; a woman of such courage, love and transcendent goodness that, looking at the rest of the news, one can only wonder whether she was the same species as the rest of us. Ronald Rubin Topanga
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