April 15, 2014
Re "Pope apologizes over abuse," April 12 It is great for Pope Francis to say he's sorry to those who suffered sexual abuse and to acknowledge the wrongdoing, but it is time for action. No more words, please. Children are being abused now by priests, and in many instances their bishops stand by and do nothing. When the pope defrocks a pedophile priest or castigates publicly at least one bishop failing in his duties to protect children, then I will cheer him. Until then, I remain skeptical of words without action.
January 11, 2013
Re "Church must restore names in files," Jan. 8 J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that restoring the names of church officials who mishandled sex abuse allegations to 30,000 pages of records may require lawyers to revisit every page, which could take months. The victims of these priests have had their lives changed forever. I think the public is willing to wait, patiently, for these corrected records. No one feels sorry for the church's lawyers who must deal with this inconvenience.
December 4, 2012
Re "L.A. mayor seeks end to strike at ports," Dec. 3, and "Losses grow in port strike," Dec. 1 With the total compensation of "some of the highest-paid clerical workers in the U.S. " currently at $165,000 a year, and an offer of $195,000 (and 11 weeks paid vacation) on the table, it's difficult to feel sorry for the striking port workers. It's even harder to justify the damage they're doing to commerce and their co-workers in the shipping industry. Merry Christmas to all, including the folks who are losing income by showing "solidarity" by not crossing the picket lines.
March 3, 2011 |
The NFL and its players, on the brink of a lockout, will engender little sympathy from fans over their inability to figure out how to divvy up $9 billion in yearly revenue. ? We all should have such problems. ? Note to Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith : Don't slaughter your cash cow. ? FOR THE RECORD: Perfect games: Jerry Crowe's "Text messages from press row" column in the March 3 Sports section, in noting that major league perfect-game pitchers Don Larsen and David Wells both graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego, said that Wells was a member of the Class of 1973.
July 5, 1985 |
Allyn B. Conwell, the Texas oil executive who was thrust into the public spotlight as spokesman for the 39 hostages held for 16 days in the Mideast, said Thursday that the hijackers of TWA Flight 847 should be hunted down and punished and that he has no sympathy for them.
September 22, 1985 |
First Lady Nancy Reagan will briefly visit earthquake-devastated Mexico City on Monday as an expression of U.S. sympathy for the disaster that besets its southern neighbor, although the State Department pointedly warned others to stay home. Her plans were announced Saturday by President Reagan in his weekly radio broadcast, just hours after Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams harshly criticized Henry Cisneros, the Democratic mayor of San Antonio, for making such a trip.