October 16, 2002
Re "The Eagle Has Landed," editorial, Oct. 13: The mighty bird hasn't landed, it has crashed. The new Times eagle looks more like a parrot. In fact, it looks worse than the old Times-Mirror corporate logo, and that was hideous. I can't imagine what inspires you to keep fooling around, trying to improve a sacred symbol of our Times. Wilson Locke Paradise, Calif. I don't mean to diminish the commendable symbolism you ascribe to The Times' eagle masthead; however, please don't overlook the fact that the quill upon which the eagle perches is on top of the sword.
May 2, 1998
A single sentence in your April 26 Newswire summed up what's wrong with today's professional and college sports: "Fresno State point guard Kenny Brunner, accused of beating a man with a samurai sword, says he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft." While the NBA does not condone such actions, it will not penalize Kenny for wielding the correct weapon for a point guard. PHIL WILLON, Palos Verdes
September 6, 1985 |
The leader of the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, a militant white supremacist group based in north Arkansas, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal racketeering and weapons charges. James D. Ellison was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Oren Harris. Ellison was arrested on April 22 after hundreds of state policemen and federal agents surrounded the group's remote mountain camp seeking his surrender on weapons charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1992
In response to "Sword Over the Public Schools," editorial, April 18: The sword is not dollars but demographics. Neither individuals nor institutions can cope with the ever-growing quantity and diversity of people populating our cities and counties. Failing schools (with a long list of other institutions) raise anxiety and lower confidence. Falling standards and rising debts erode hope and erase tolerance. Opportunity has become a commodity whose value is increased by desperation and perceived scarcity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1992
In response to "Should America Use Military Force in Bosnia?" Commentary, Nov. 23: On an early 17th-Century map of the Danube, a Christian monarch in full armor with an orb in one hand and a drawn sword in the other confronts a Muslim prince, who sports feathers in his turban and holds his sword in readiness. Behind the Christian stands a damsel with a crucifix; she leans upon a shield emblazoned with the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman emperor. Beside the Muslim, a lady defiantly places her foot upon a cross.
October 9, 1988
When I first went to Mexico, I was thrilled to be taken to witness a bullfight. The atmosphere was exciting, the colors glorious. However, on seeing the picadors on horseback plant the long lances behind the bull's head, I do not know what the lances were made of, but I do know the poor creature could no longer raise its head again. I was horrified to witness the taunting and finally the sword driven in, and as the bull moved in its death throes, the agony of the sword must have been tremendous pain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1986
So, for Christmas, the kids want a Rambo doll, a bazooka, a Laser Death Ray and machine gun? Christmas morning, 68 years ago, I jumped out of bed to find in my stocking a bright shining sword, with belt and a glittering "gold" scabbard. I waved that sword all the way downstairs to our big, beautiful majestic Christmas tree. And under the tree was just what I had asked Santa for! A real battleship--about 12 inches long. You set the spring and assembled the parts-- the guns, turrets and cabin.