CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993
While I sympathize with Gloria Romero and her daughter as a result of the tragedy they endured ("Carjacking Robs a Child's Trust, and Much More," Commentary, Sept. 24), I believe her ignorance of the crucial factor behind the criminal behavior--the lack of personal responsibility--skews her proposal for eliminating the criminal threat. By suggesting that society is to blame because of its failure to deliver even more government handouts, Romero and others like her encourage criminal behavior by undermining the sanction society imposes on the criminally and morally culpable.
November 16, 1986
Kinsley states that "only 59 of the Forbes 400 actually earned their fortunes in socially productive ways." He seem distressed by this. I was under the impression that this was a free society and that it was not obligatory to earn your wealth for the benefit of that society. A person's property should be his to do with as he pleases. I admit this is not currently a popular motion, but nevertheless, it is the only morally correct one. RICHARD SCHAEFER Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1985 |
Americans are more concerned about unemployment than they are about inflation, according to the American Council of Life Insurance. The Council's latest nationwide survey found that 58% of those asked believe society should work harder at solving unemployment, while 39% are more concerned about inflation.
May 5, 2002
Re "Going Past 'Just Say No,'" editorial, April 29: When a society expects its children to behave in a certain way, they behave that way. I submit that our society doesn't expect its children to become sexually active prior to marriage; the problem, however, is that the entertainment media push it and--as they have free rein in this country, with virtually no checks and balances--our children have gradually come to adopt premarital sexual activity as...
March 6, 2012 |
Given the deep concerns in some quarters about the gap between rich and poor, it may be difficult to see the societal value of a new “billionaires index” launched by the Bloomberg news service. But Mohamed El-Erian, the chief executive of bond-investing giant Pimco, said he thinks that the daily scorecard of the uber-wealthy could offer more than a way for the 99.99% to spy on the lives of the richest and most famous. The index could serve a genuine purpose if it helps to coax the wealthiest members of society to feel an obligation to help the poorest, El-Erian writes in a commentary on the Huffington Post.
August 21, 1988
We need a society that accepts the aging process and not one which denies the laws of nature. LORRAINE J. ROBERTS Santa Monica