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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1991
Your Nov. 27 article on the trial of the killer of Police Officer James Pagliotti sure made my blood boil. Our society is going down the toilet. No one can do a thing to prevent it. Why? Because well-educated, well-meaning criminal defense attorney Marvin L. Part would have us believe that the slaying was "morally wrong, but legally right." Heaven help us. DONALD G. HOOPER, Northridge
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BUSINESS
March 4, 2007
Am I the only one appalled at Cari Beauchamp's comments in "Directing gender buzz" (Feb. 19) about how proud she was of her 15-year-old son for sneaking into an R-rated movie? The First Weekenders Group is encouraging filmgoers to purchase tickets to movies they are trying to promote, even if the person is not going to see that particular film. The group justifies artificially increasing ticket sales by saying, "Every ticket sale counts," but this is just rationalization, pure and simple.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1994
Regarding "Capital Punishment Held Up as Life or Death Campaign Issue" (Aug. 30, about the Florida gubernatorial campaign): It truly frightens me to think that the people who run our country are elected because of their promise to kill. The death penalty has never been proven to deter murder or any other crime; it does not bring the victims back; it does nothing but satisfy a need for revenge. Meanwhile, the crimes more likely to actually affect us--robbery, vandalism, gangs, etc., and their prevention and punishment--have been pushed to the background.
OPINION
March 16, 2006
Re "Voters Widely Back Measure on Preschools," March 13 Proposition 82 should be directed at needy families that can't afford preschool. Instead, it would lump all children attending preschool into a state-run program that's maybe only needed for a small percentage of families. That being said, do we really need the state dictating curriculum for 4-year-olds? They've already taken the joy out of kindergarten, making it an academic chore. Preschool in no way guarantees kindergarten readiness, socially disadvantaged or not. There are plenty of 5-year-olds with preschool experience who still aren't developmentally ready for the rigors of today's kindergarten.
OPINION
March 16, 2006
Re "Voters Widely Back Measure on Preschools," March 13 Proposition 82 should be directed at needy families that can't afford preschool. Instead, it would lump all children attending preschool into a state-run program that's maybe only needed for a small percentage of families. That being said, do we really need the state dictating curriculum for 4-year-olds? They've already taken the joy out of kindergarten, making it an academic chore. Preschool in no way guarantees kindergarten readiness, socially disadvantaged or not. There are plenty of 5-year-olds with preschool experience who still aren't developmentally ready for the rigors of today's kindergarten.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2007
Am I the only one appalled at Cari Beauchamp's comments in "Directing gender buzz" (Feb. 19) about how proud she was of her 15-year-old son for sneaking into an R-rated movie? The First Weekenders Group is encouraging filmgoers to purchase tickets to movies they are trying to promote, even if the person is not going to see that particular film. The group justifies artificially increasing ticket sales by saying, "Every ticket sale counts," but this is just rationalization, pure and simple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
Re:"Greater Expectations at Irvine Bible School," (June 10): President Ben Johnson of the Lutheran Bible Institute makes the statement that he is concerned by "the crudeness and the crassness that's everywhere" in contemporary culture and says, "But I think today's secularism is temporary. People will recover their fuller humanity." Unfortunately, Johnson is typical of religious leaders who are always seeking a scapegoat for the failures of religion and thus never miss a chance demonize the very small percentage of secular humanists in our country for all of society's ills.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1986
It's sure reassuring to know that there are people like Michael Hannon who will stand up and defend our inalienable right to get high (Calendar Letters, Nov. 2). He was right to disagree with NBC's censoring of comedian Sam Kinison; however, his reasoning was shockingly ignorant. Every moment of every day brings us another example of wasted life or lost property as a result of substance abuse. Justifying the use of drugs, even for the purpose of condemning censorship, is a valueless cause.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1993
Although I agree with the majority of Rainer's commentary on the film "Falling Down," one phrase jumped off the page: "Falling Down" is a last--minute whammy from the Reagan--Bush era...." Gee, Peter, I didn't know conservative Republicans had such overwhelming influence in Hollywood, and, of course, it's still politically correct to blame them for all of society's ills. The real division in society is not between races or political groups but between decent people and those who exploit them.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office for his second term on Monday, he strongly defended the ideology of his party as he urged Americans to accept compromise as a path toward solving the nation's problems. “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said shortly after taking the oath from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.  “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” Just over 18 minutes -- relatively short by historical standards -- the address hit several major policy priorities that Obama hopes to pursue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
Re:"Greater Expectations at Irvine Bible School," (June 10): President Ben Johnson of the Lutheran Bible Institute makes the statement that he is concerned by "the crudeness and the crassness that's everywhere" in contemporary culture and says, "But I think today's secularism is temporary. People will recover their fuller humanity." Unfortunately, Johnson is typical of religious leaders who are always seeking a scapegoat for the failures of religion and thus never miss a chance demonize the very small percentage of secular humanists in our country for all of society's ills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1994
Regarding "Capital Punishment Held Up as Life or Death Campaign Issue" (Aug. 30, about the Florida gubernatorial campaign): It truly frightens me to think that the people who run our country are elected because of their promise to kill. The death penalty has never been proven to deter murder or any other crime; it does not bring the victims back; it does nothing but satisfy a need for revenge. Meanwhile, the crimes more likely to actually affect us--robbery, vandalism, gangs, etc., and their prevention and punishment--have been pushed to the background.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1993
Although I agree with the majority of Rainer's commentary on the film "Falling Down," one phrase jumped off the page: "Falling Down" is a last--minute whammy from the Reagan--Bush era...." Gee, Peter, I didn't know conservative Republicans had such overwhelming influence in Hollywood, and, of course, it's still politically correct to blame them for all of society's ills. The real division in society is not between races or political groups but between decent people and those who exploit them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1991
Your Nov. 27 article on the trial of the killer of Police Officer James Pagliotti sure made my blood boil. Our society is going down the toilet. No one can do a thing to prevent it. Why? Because well-educated, well-meaning criminal defense attorney Marvin L. Part would have us believe that the slaying was "morally wrong, but legally right." Heaven help us. DONALD G. HOOPER, Northridge
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1986
It's sure reassuring to know that there are people like Michael Hannon who will stand up and defend our inalienable right to get high (Calendar Letters, Nov. 2). He was right to disagree with NBC's censoring of comedian Sam Kinison; however, his reasoning was shockingly ignorant. Every moment of every day brings us another example of wasted life or lost property as a result of substance abuse. Justifying the use of drugs, even for the purpose of condemning censorship, is a valueless cause.
NEWS
January 21, 2013
Here is a transcript of President Obama's second inaugural address, as provided by the White House in advance of his speech: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:  Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
One sobering aspect of the heated debate on TV, radio, the Internet, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere over Brad Paisley's song “Accidental Racist” from his new “Wheelhouse” album is that in 2013 it's still controversial to address a social issue in a pop (or, in this case, country) song. Anyone remember a little number called “The Times They Are A-Changin'”? Apparently not. That seems evident in the media's need to trot Paisley out to discuss his motivation for writing and recording the song in which he takes the perspective of a young Southerner who suddenly asks himself whether wearing his favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirt - the one emblazoned with a Confederate flag - might make him appear to be a racist to the African American man behind the Starbucks counter where he's ordering a cup of coffee.
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