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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1989
I wondered what explanations the fundamental liberal media elitists would conjure up to save face after yet another attempt to brainwash the public into thinking that a handful of "religious extremists" was all that was backing passage of the repeal of special rights ordinances in Irvine, Concord (Calif.) and San Francisco. I thought the excuse for San Francisco was original: the earthquake. And also, I heard someone on a San Francisco talk show say that in off-year elections, there's a more conservative turnout.
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January 10, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Pentagon lawyers have determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war, a Defense Department spokesman said Friday, entitling the former Iraqi president to refuse interrogation and possibly complicating the Bush administration's plan to let Iraqis prosecute him. The much-anticipated decision means that Hussein, captured Dec. 13, will be accorded certain rights under the Geneva Convention. The status bars the U.S.
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June 29, 1990 | DAVID HULEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Luke Sampson, an Inupiat Eskimo from the arctic coastal village of Kotzebue, would have preferred to be home this week, hunting beluga whales from an open boat in the Chukchi Sea. Instead, he has been spending his days 1,000 miles away in the state Capitol, sitting through legislative hearings and patroling statehouse hallways. "They need to know how important our way of life is," said Sampson, a part-time local government bureaucrat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2000
The recent act of the Supreme Court in striking down the Violence Against Women Act (May 16) shows once again what it means to live under constitutional government: Congress is not free to pass feel-good laws to curry favor with feminists and other interest groups. Matters such as rape are topics par excellence for state and local law. Similarly, Gov. Gray Davis seeks to curry favor with teacher unions by exempting their members from state income tax. This will fail, for it violates the 14th Amendment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1989
Once again, Lou Sheldon has used the pages of the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 15) to muddy the waters of sensible discussion. Sheldon's contention that homosexuals are asking for "special" rights, whether it is in Irvine or elsewhere, is his favorite way of clouding the issue and creating a smoke screen behind which intelligent discussion cannot take place. Homosexuals are not asking for "special" rights. The Irvine measure does not guarantee any rights that others do not enjoy. In general, what we are asking for is protection of the same rights that all Americans are guaranteed.
OPINION
September 29, 1991
Thank you for your common-sense approach to AB 101, the non-discrimination bill against gays and lesbians in the workplace (Editorial, Sept. 17). The uproar about this bill is evidence that the bill is critically needed. The gay and lesbian community wants to share in its responsibility to promote economic growth and development in the state of California. The bill's passage can only boost that objective. We are not asking for special rights, only equal rights and opportunity for all. STEPHANIE THOMAS, Political Co-Chair, Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1990
I wasn't surprised to read that our Orange County congressmen are out of touch with the voters on the issue of gay rights. I have always given the voters of Orange County more credit than their national reputation as being somewhere to the right of the KKK. Most Orange County residents know the difference between the ridiculous "special rights" argument of our congressmen and the simple fact that gays and lesbians are discriminated against in...
BUSINESS
April 14, 1989
EDS Wins Round in Court: Electronic Data Systems Corp., a unit of General Motors, said it won a permanent injunction preventing H. Ross Perot, its founder and former chairman, from even thinking of going into business to make a profit until the end of the year. The injunction, issued in Virginia by Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge William Plummer, prevents Perot from engaging in, or even "contemplating," any for-profit business before Dec. 1. EDS said the court also ruled that Perot did not have special rights to hire EDS employees indefinitely as Perot had claimed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2000
The recent act of the Supreme Court in striking down the Violence Against Women Act (May 16) shows once again what it means to live under constitutional government: Congress is not free to pass feel-good laws to curry favor with feminists and other interest groups. Matters such as rape are topics par excellence for state and local law. Similarly, Gov. Gray Davis seeks to curry favor with teacher unions by exempting their members from state income tax. This will fail, for it violates the 14th Amendment.
NEWS
October 27, 1989
Joseph N. Bell is to be congratulated for his investigative reporting in the Life section Oct. 14. As he points out, the disgraceful lies used by the so-called Traditional Values Coalition in the Yes argument on (Measure) N are disconcerting. Like most things done in Irvine, the Human Rights Ordinance was well thought out and debated before passage. It favors no one but only bars discrimination on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status and physical handicap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1996
Re "Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Targeting Gays," May 21: I am proud to be a citizen in a country that has safeguards to protect my civil rights against an onslaught of hostility and hatred. The Supreme Court has upheld the rights of gays and lesbians to equal treatment under the Constitution--civil rights, not the special rights that those opposed to the decision have accused us of pursuing. I thank those six honest, insightful justices for their decision and our Founding Fathers, who had the foresight to compose a document that could withstand the whims of the most ardent gay rights and civil rights opponents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1995
The court-martial of Army Capt. Lawrence Rockwood has produced the expectable conviction. The 15-year veteran was found guilty on a number of charges, including being absent without permission, all related to his service as an intelligence officer in Haiti during last year's U.S. intervention. Under military rules Rockwood was clearly derelict. But the circumstances of his misbehavior raise troubling and far-reaching questions--and no small amount of sympathy, too, for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1993
Re: Linda L. Vahl's letter titled, "Quit catering to gays." Obviously, Ms. Vahl is ignorant to the fact that AIDS is not a gay disease. She is obviously living in the past when AIDS first surfaced and was hardest felt by gay men. Since then, any half-wit who can read a newspaper or watch the evening news knows that AIDS has affected each and every one of us regardless of sexual orientation. The words "special interest group" never cease to amaze me. Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have never asked for special rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1993
Thank you for the article on Canada's enlightened legislation that protects those who may have a different sexual orientation than the majority of us (Dec. 29). It is always helpful to read about another country's treatment of the homosexual issues. If nothing else, it allows us to see how archaic our nation's attitudes really are on this subject. I do not think it is helpful, however, to continue to headline and use the often misleading term "gay rights." There really are no "gay rights" as the press and those who have problems with homosexuality might persuade us to believe.
OPINION
September 29, 1991
Thank you for your common-sense approach to AB 101, the non-discrimination bill against gays and lesbians in the workplace (Editorial, Sept. 17). The uproar about this bill is evidence that the bill is critically needed. The gay and lesbian community wants to share in its responsibility to promote economic growth and development in the state of California. The bill's passage can only boost that objective. We are not asking for special rights, only equal rights and opportunity for all. STEPHANIE THOMAS, Political Co-Chair, Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1990
I wasn't surprised to read that our Orange County congressmen are out of touch with the voters on the issue of gay rights. I have always given the voters of Orange County more credit than their national reputation as being somewhere to the right of the KKK. Most Orange County residents know the difference between the ridiculous "special rights" argument of our congressmen and the simple fact that gays and lesbians are discriminated against in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1993
Re: Linda L. Vahl's letter titled, "Quit catering to gays." Obviously, Ms. Vahl is ignorant to the fact that AIDS is not a gay disease. She is obviously living in the past when AIDS first surfaced and was hardest felt by gay men. Since then, any half-wit who can read a newspaper or watch the evening news knows that AIDS has affected each and every one of us regardless of sexual orientation. The words "special interest group" never cease to amaze me. Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have never asked for special rights.
NEWS
March 8, 1990
I was dismayed and outraged with the Pomona City Council's decision to renege on their previous decision to allow a Gay-Human Rights Week (Times, Feb. 28). According to Mayor (Donna) Smith, who gave the deciding vote on this very controversial and heated issue, her main reason behind her decision to expel gays from Gay-Human Rights Week was that she did not want to give "special" rights to select groups. "Special" rights? Were Mexican-Americans asking for special rights in order to celebrate their culture and heritage on Cinco De Mayo Day?
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | DAVID HULEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Luke Sampson, an Inupiat Eskimo from the arctic coastal village of Kotzebue, would have preferred to be home this week, hunting beluga whales from an open boat in the Chukchi Sea. Instead, he has been spending his days 1,000 miles away in the state Capitol, sitting through legislative hearings and patroling statehouse hallways. "They need to know how important our way of life is," said Sampson, a part-time local government bureaucrat.
NEWS
March 8, 1990
I was dismayed and outraged with the Pomona City Council's decision to renege on their previous decision to allow a Gay-Human Rights Week (Times, Feb. 28). According to Mayor (Donna) Smith, who gave the deciding vote on this very controversial and heated issue, her main reason behind her decision to expel gays from Gay-Human Rights Week was that she did not want to give "special" rights to select groups. "Special" rights? Were Mexican-Americans asking for special rights in order to celebrate their culture and heritage on Cinco De Mayo Day?
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