CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
I was quoted out of context by your reporter in "3 Perspectives on the Holocaust," Metro, June 12. My remark about our civilization "suffering from an edifice complex" related to the proliferation of Holocaust museums and memorials in Los Angeles and the United States, as well as to the duplication of facilities in both the Jewish and the general community. It did not specifically refer to the Skirball Cultural Center. In fact, I specifically emphasized the uniqueness of the Skirball Center as a witness to the living experience of America's Jewish community.
June 8, 1989
Five San Fernando Valley high school students were awarded prizes in the Skirball Institute's essay contest on "The Importance of Values in American Society." High school students throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles participated in separate competitions. Thirteen students from each were awarded prizes, which included one grand prize, $1,000; one first place, $250; one second place, $100, and 10 third place, $25. Valley winners included Granada Hills High students Elizabeth J. Sparks, second place, and Robert Alexander Lipsett, Alexandra Schrift and Brian Evan Sieroty, third place.
June 1, 1989
Seven San Gabriel Valley students are among winners in the Skirball Essay Contest on "the importance of values in American society." The contest is sponsored by the Skirball Institute on American Values of the American Jewish Committee. The contest was open to students from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The grand prize winner for the Archdiocese was Robert M. Bautista of Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, who received $1,000.
May 25, 1989
Huntington Park High School junior Joel G. Aldape has won one of two grand prizes in the Skirball Essay Contest on the importance of values in American society, officials announced this week. The contest was sponsored by the American Jewish Committee's Skirball Institute on American Values. About 240 high school students from throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Catholic Archdiocese participated in the contest. Aldape, 17, won $1,000 with his essay, which was titled "National Cement."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1988
Your editorial "What the World Needs Now" for New Year's Day--still breathing the spirit of the bicentennial year of our Constitution--spans the rainbow spectrum of American values. You echo the constitutional mandate "to promote the general welfare and secure the rights of liberty." You appeal to the work ethic coupled with imagination and the spirit of enterprise--a combination so useful to a growing United States in the past, so essential to us in the present, if we want to have a future.
March 15, 1987
Your editorial is right on target. Judge Hand's decreeing secular humanism a religion--which you rightly call "foolishness"--reminds me of one of my favorite Lincoln anecdotes: When a petitioner tested the President's patience with an unusually illogical argument, Lincoln asked him: "If you would call a cow's tail a leg, how many legs would the cow have?" "Five," was the immediate answer. "Wrong!" said Lincoln. "Regardless of what you call a cow's tail, it's not a leg." Regardless of what Judge Hand calls "secular humanism," it is not a religion.