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OPINION
September 19, 2004
Your Sept. 15 edition tells of a Canadian lesbian couple that is seeking a divorce. This outrage is an attack on the sanctity of the institution of divorce and must not be allowed. First thing you know, gay couples all over America will start demanding divorces, and then where would our civilization be? Divorced couples -- legitimately divorced couples -- must rise up and fight against this abomination. Let us remember as a shining example the fact that former President Reagan was divorced from his female wife, and that's the way things should be. Lou Charloff Encino
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SPORTS
December 9, 2012 | SAM FARMER
Are NFL kickoffs in their final days? Nothing's official, of course, but it's clear the league is determined to find a safer alternative to one of football's most exciting plays. Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that the competition committee will look into ways of eliminating kickoffs, thereby reducing the likelihood of head injuries and other catastrophic outcomes. This isn't idle talk. The league could be facing billions in damages as a result of head-injury lawsuits, and those would outweigh any arguments about the sanctity of the game.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999
Karen Wright errs in saying that "all human cultures recognize the sanctity of human remains and burial" (Opinion, Oct. 31). The Greek historian Herodotus used sharply contrasting mortuary practices (cremation versus ritual cannibalism) to illustrate cultural relativism and ethnocentrism. Even among native North Americans burial, though common, was not universal: Some peoples cremated and some exposed or abandoned corpses to the elements and wild animals. In time, however, Christian influence did largely eliminate the alternatives to burial.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2010 | Tom Petruno, Market Beat
"I can pay. I just don't want to." That's the unapologetic position of the "walkaways" -- homeowners who have no equity in their houses and who no longer see the point of paying their mortgages, even though they're financially fully capable of doing so. Now comes the Service Employees International Union with a variation on that walkaway idea, but for states and municipalities. The union wants government officials to demand that banks tear up a type of insurance policy many municipalities bought from the banks a few years ago. The SEIU says these long-term deals may be legal, but it asserts that they're now costly and unfair when local governments face such dire budget straits and are slashing jobs, union and non-union.
OPINION
January 7, 2004
For all those folks who so tiresomely insist upon the sinfulness of granting full civil rights to gays and lesbians wishing to legally wed, thank God that real Americans can still point to Britney Spears in her torn jeans and baseball cap who "took a joke too far by getting married" for a few hours in Las Vegas to remind us of the essential sanctity and dignity of this holy estate (Jan. 5). Sarah E. Wright Pasadena
NEWS
November 26, 1989
Kudos and hip-hip-hurray to Roger Simon for his views on the exit poll (View, Nov. 19). The recent TV journalistic embarrassment in New York City and Virginia is cause for sanctity of the secret ballot. Simon is correct in saying that people are sick of pollsters and that the practice of lying to them is a healthy sign. WALTER MORYKWAS Camarillo
NEWS
January 2, 1986
Philippine Cardinal Jaime Sin urged the government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos to guard the "sanctity of the ballot" in February's presidential election. In a televised midnight Mass, Sin declared his neutrality in the voting but cited the need "to safeguard, even with our lives, the sacredness of the decision of conscience expressed in the ballot." Marcos, his wife, Imelda, and government officials attended the Mass on the presidential palace grounds.
OPINION
January 23, 2004
As expected, President Bush's State of the Union address contained so many half-truths that one scarcely knows where to begin. Of the laundry list of the dangers confronting the United States, Bush reserved the specter of the most far-reaching remedy, a constitutional amendment, to defend "the sanctity of marriage." How would such an amendment protect the sanctity of marriage from desecration by us straights? Is that the sanctity of marriage exemplified by the recent straight nuptials of Britney Spears (followed by an annulment)
OPINION
November 27, 2004
Re "A Texas-Sized Fib," editorial, Nov. 20: It is really no surprise that the Texas Board of Education would go to great lengths to try to define marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and wife." Although they are working as hard as they can to deny me the right to marry the person I love, however, it's very disturbing that their marriages are falling apart. Maybe if less time was spent on trying to place discrimination in our textbooks, the Constitution and state laws, they would have more time to devote to preserving the sanctity of their own marriages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1988
Medical ethics are becoming more and more utilitarian. Besides abortion and contraception, we have a growing acceptance of organ harvesting, euthanasia, and the use of fatal tissue (often obtained via abortion) for research. All of this is evidence of the recent (since 1973 in our country) struggle between two opposing philosophies--the "quality of life" argument vs. the "sanctity of life" argument. According to our Judeo-Christian heritage, all human life is sacred and fully developed life is not more sacred than underdeveloped human life.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2005 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Christmas is back. A few weeks ago, banners outside every Lowe's store in the nation announced a sale on "Holiday Trees." Hundreds of Christians called to complain that the home-improvement chain was shunning Christmas. The banners came down. Now the fake firs and pines are clearly labeled "Christmas Trees." Target, too, started the season with a generic marketing theme. It pushed holiday plates, holiday leggings, holiday ornaments, holiday trees -- with nary a mention of Christmas.
OPINION
November 16, 2005
Regarding President Bush's latest harangue against Senate Democrats for questioning the validity of the Iraq war's premise after supporting it initially (Nov. 15), I think the case for Democrat hypocrisy has some merit. Senate Democrats were caught up in the post-9/11 fervor to take action or be deemed unpatriotic or weak. Now, whether it's political posturing or a crisis of conscience, they're questioning the facts of the war's inception. But the reasons ultimately do not matter, because it is the moral obligation of free people to question their government, especially in the commission of war. America is not served by shaming dissenters into silence, and there is no better signal to send in promoting democracy than the sanctity of free discussion and the right of the people to question those in power.
WORLD
February 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
AND FINALLY ... Instead of marrying in the opulence of Windsor Castle, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will wed April 8 at their local town hall, as do thousands of Britons every year, Charles' Clarence House office announced. Under British licensing law, registering the castle as a wedding venue would have opened it to commoners' weddings as well.
OPINION
November 27, 2004
Re "A Texas-Sized Fib," editorial, Nov. 20: It is really no surprise that the Texas Board of Education would go to great lengths to try to define marriage as a "lifelong union between a husband and wife." Although they are working as hard as they can to deny me the right to marry the person I love, however, it's very disturbing that their marriages are falling apart. Maybe if less time was spent on trying to place discrimination in our textbooks, the Constitution and state laws, they would have more time to devote to preserving the sanctity of their own marriages.
OPINION
September 19, 2004
Your Sept. 15 edition tells of a Canadian lesbian couple that is seeking a divorce. This outrage is an attack on the sanctity of the institution of divorce and must not be allowed. First thing you know, gay couples all over America will start demanding divorces, and then where would our civilization be? Divorced couples -- legitimately divorced couples -- must rise up and fight against this abomination. Let us remember as a shining example the fact that former President Reagan was divorced from his female wife, and that's the way things should be. Lou Charloff Encino
OPINION
January 23, 2004
As expected, President Bush's State of the Union address contained so many half-truths that one scarcely knows where to begin. Of the laundry list of the dangers confronting the United States, Bush reserved the specter of the most far-reaching remedy, a constitutional amendment, to defend "the sanctity of marriage." How would such an amendment protect the sanctity of marriage from desecration by us straights? Is that the sanctity of marriage exemplified by the recent straight nuptials of Britney Spears (followed by an annulment)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2000
I am totally in agreement with Brian Lowry regarding "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" ("Women: As They Roar . . . or Choose Richer Over Poorer," Feb. 15). This is just another example of how the tabloids are taking over all forms of entertainment. We've gone backward to the turn of the last century, when freak shows were all the rage. It's a shame that modern-day television executives feel that they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. It's humorous in a twisted way, but how sad do these women's lives have to be for them to be willing to marry a total stranger?
OPINION
November 16, 2005
Regarding President Bush's latest harangue against Senate Democrats for questioning the validity of the Iraq war's premise after supporting it initially (Nov. 15), I think the case for Democrat hypocrisy has some merit. Senate Democrats were caught up in the post-9/11 fervor to take action or be deemed unpatriotic or weak. Now, whether it's political posturing or a crisis of conscience, they're questioning the facts of the war's inception. But the reasons ultimately do not matter, because it is the moral obligation of free people to question their government, especially in the commission of war. America is not served by shaming dissenters into silence, and there is no better signal to send in promoting democracy than the sanctity of free discussion and the right of the people to question those in power.
OPINION
January 7, 2004
For all those folks who so tiresomely insist upon the sinfulness of granting full civil rights to gays and lesbians wishing to legally wed, thank God that real Americans can still point to Britney Spears in her torn jeans and baseball cap who "took a joke too far by getting married" for a few hours in Las Vegas to remind us of the essential sanctity and dignity of this holy estate (Jan. 5). Sarah E. Wright Pasadena
NATIONAL
September 7, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As she stood in a pelting rain, holding a picture of her dead son, Rosemary Cain was ready to block traffic and be arrested at ground zero. She and other activists who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 were protesting plans to build shops and a train station where the twin towers stood. This was sacred ground, they insisted at last week's demonstration, and New York Gov. George E. Pataki had broken his pledge to protect it from development.
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