March 15, 1992
In November of 1986 I was sent by my company to Johannesburg. The first Saturday I was in South Africa, wanting to see something of the city, the hotel guidebook directed me to the Market area that Scott Kraft talks about ("Street Scenes," Traveling in Style magazine). Within the first 15 minutes out of the car, one man grabbed one arm, another man grabbed the other and a third held his knife to my neck. Although the street was quite crowded, there was no question but that they were completely in control; that there was no danger of their being stopped or apprehended.
October 9, 2005
Congratulations on the eclectic, splendid Sept. 11 issue. Though I have been a subscriber for more than 20 years, I was always enchanted with the New York Times Magazine. For a long time I've been frustrated by the frothy, usually L.A.-obsessed content of your magazine, and I've been meaning to write to you. But now I can write with praise. The Sept. 11 cover story on South Africa ("After the Fire," by Scott Kraft) is an in-depth article with profound and fascinating significance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1993
Your editorial "A Line Never to Be Crossed" (April 14) with regard to the Anti-Defamation League was, for the most part, right on target. As you correctly noted, "it is no surprise that the ADL has kept close tabs on individuals and groups of all stripes that trade in hate or violence. . . ." Indeed, for decades reports of the Anti-Defamation League have served as background material for The Times as well as countless other journalists, legislators and the public. Where your editorial goes astray is imputing to the Anti-Defamation League the collecting of information on groups such as the NAACP, television station KQED, Times correspondent Scott Kraft, et al. In the frenzy to report allegations and information from an affidavit made public by the San Francisco district attorney's office, few reporters have bothered to distinguish between material from the files of the Anti-Defamation League and that taken from the homes of Roy Bullock and Tom Gerard.
June 3, 2007
The effective use of tutors in India to help students in America serves as a cautionary tale for education policymakers ("Calling India," by Scott Kraft, May 6). We persist in the comforting delusion that a four-year college degree, particularly from a marquee-name school, will be the ticket to financial success. This approach is not only unrealistic for the majority of college-bound students, but it is harmful for the majority of vocationally talented students. It exacerbates the appalling dropout rate among the latter group by forcing them to take courses they have no interest in, or aptitude for, when they could instead be taking classes that provide the training they want and need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1988
In response to your article "South Africa Lures Tourists Amid Racial Unrest," by Scott Kraft, Part I, Sept. 7: Jerry and Kay Kushins' friends in Walnut Creek may call them brave for visiting South Africa, but I find their actions indefensible and morally reprehensible. While they indulge themselves with fine meals and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, their dollars are put to work propping up South Africa's notorious brand of legally institutionalized racism. They are quoted as saying that they didn't think they "really knew what apartheid was" prior to their trip.
April 5, 1992
Scott Kraft's article ("Africa's Death Sentence," March 1) on AIDS in Zimbabwe deals with two different subjects that he unfortunately intertwines. The topic of women being forced into subservience to men is valid but should be a story unto itself. AIDS is caused by a virus, an infectious agent. Kraft falls into a common trap when he describes women and children as innocent victims of AIDS and men as villainous carriers of the virus. He says intravenous drug use and homosexuality account for less than 1% of AIDS cases in Africa, and that "for most mothers and fathers, the child's diagnosis is the first time they learn their own fate."