November 15, 2003
Mouthing words like "democracy" and "freedom," our president prods Congress into approving $87.5 billion more for his Middle East adventure. Meanwhile, funding for the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, the American symbol of democracy and freedom, depends on what amounts to a national bake sale by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (Nov. 9). Shamefully, this gives a whole new meaning to the expression "shock and awe." Stephen C. Lee La Habra
July 21, 1991
A letter from Tim Grace of Northridge regarding "The Truth About Ron Howard" proves once again that too many people try to read too much into some very simple statements. Just because Ron Howard states that John Burroughs High School didn't have any blacks when he was there doesn't mean he disapproves or may be racist. He's pointing out how times have changed in the neighborhood. The same principle goes for Howard's shock and awe that there was a biker living in his old house. Unfortunately, Grace's need to decode these quotes bruises an interesting article.
January 12, 2014 |
The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here's the guy you can count on to get the job done. Just look at those references! Yet by the time he drives off months later, the kitchen's a shambles and you're stuck with a bill several times larger than the initial estimate. Turns out the job was more complicated than it seemed. But what say we take a crack at remodeling the master bath?
January 15, 2004 |
The site: www.your dictionary .com/about/ topten2003.html Top 10 lists are one of the media's favorite year-end pastimes. What makes this one interesting is that it takes the top-10-new-stories concept one step further, listing not the news but the terms it inspired. Topping the lists of new words, names and phrases are, not surprisingly, "embedded," "Saddam Hussein" and "shock and awe." The site: www.lssu.edu/ banished/archive/2004.
August 3, 2009 |
Throughout the heroic struggle in Congress to provide a "public option" in health insurance, one question never seems to get answered: Why are we so intent on protecting the private option? The "public option," as followers of the debate know, is a government-sponsored health plan that would be available as an alternative to, and in competition with, the for-profit health insurance industry, otherwise known as the private option.
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March 23, 2013 |
Dog-tired, Capt. Abe Baum was snoozing on the hood of a military vehicle when he was shaken awake and summoned to a superior's tent. With worry on their faces, his unit's top officers were clustered around Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who had just issued a secret order for what some historians later described as one of the most ill-conceived missions of World War II. Baum, then a 23-year-old New Yorker, would become known for brilliantly executing his...
March 27, 2003
Are we witnessing a war or tuning in to the broadcast of a high school football game? An admiral talks to his pilots aboard a carrier in the Mediterranean: "We're going to hammer them -- hammer them"; TV announces the game plan of "decapitating" Saddam Hussein's presumed bunkered-down leadership; and a headline reports that "U.S. Pummels Baghdad as Troops Push Toward City" (March 22). We are hammering them? Decapitating them? Pummeling them? Sounds barbaric to me. Or is it just boyish play?
July 11, 2007
Re "Amid the din of drums and bugles, a disturbing silence," column, July 9 Who but Al Martinez can paint a word picture of the human condition and of the plight of our young soldiers today? They grew up in peaceful times, when war was something you saw in the movies. Some joined to see the world, others to earn a college education. And then men who never saw the savagery of slaughter assigned them to invade a country that never did harm to America.
April 27, 2003
Re "Last House in Bunker Hill Razed," April 23: If a young man was caught spraying graffiti on a house, prosecutors would file charges against him and he would face jail and/or a fine. On Bunker Hill, developer G.H. Palmer Associates didn't merely deface a dwelling, it demolished the last remaining Queen Anne-style house without obtaining the requisite city permits to clear the way for its development. This appears to be a deliberate act to enrich itself. Corporate arrogance and misconduct should be punished just as a wrongdoing individual would be punished.