CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1996
It is always tragic when a child dies. After reading the July 30 article, "Victor's Legacy: A Trail of Broken Hearts," I felt sympathy and compassion for little Victor as well as his mother and all the health-care professionals who tirelessly cared for him. My sympathy, however, was tempered with disbelief and anger. This 16-year-old single mother who seemingly could not afford health care for her child, or to bear the expense of his funeral, is now pregnant again! How does Ms. Gonzales propose to provide for this child?
October 22, 1987
The Oct. 1 earthquake may have sent shock waves throughout the Southland, but it also brought support and sympathy from around the world. Take this letter that was recently received at City Hall: "We have heard the news about your unhappy disaster and are worried about our friends in Pasadena. Feel free to contact us if we can help you. "Words seem so futile at such a time, yet the sympathy of friends may help just a little to give you strength and courage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
Re "Life in Shadow of Plant Gets Darker," April 25: I have no sympathy for the homeowners who whine about the noise and fumes from the nearby AES power plant. When they bought their homes, did they somehow fail to notice the great big power plant right next door? If these people are so unhappy, let them sell their ocean-view properties and move inland. Something tells me they will have no difficulty finding buyers. ARNIE BELL Huntington Beach
December 28, 2006
Re "Living in Limbo, Keeping It Real," Dec. 21: Let's see, Ricky Walters is an alien convicted of shooting two people yet he merits a sympathetic article with the subtext of "leave the guy alone!" because our government has an indisputable reason to deport him? This kind of media indulgence resulted in the senseless murder of Richard Adan by a similarly favored criminal named Jack Henry Abbott, or don't you all remember? HASAN A. BENLER Poway
March 27, 2004
Re "Irish Bartender May Be Deported," March 24: I wonder if your report on the lovable, singing Seal Beach barman facing deportation would have had such a sympathetic slant had the subject been a Moroccan with a conviction for aiding and abetting murder instead of an Irishman. Paula Taylor Los Angeles
June 8, 2003
Re: "Disney, 'Lizzie' Star Parting Ways After Pay Dispute," May 24: When I was 16 years old, I accepted a job shelving books at my local branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at a salary of $1.11 per hour (compared with the minimum wage of $1). I remember telling the director of personnel that I thought it was a "fine salary." Later, after college and grad school, my first job paid but $10,200 a year. So when I read that the bright, perky and talented Hilary Duff finds her "Lizzie McGuire" salary of $15,000 a week unacceptable and wants $100,000 a week for the new series, I guess I don't have much sympathy.
February 9, 1992
Elizabeth Venant focused on the apparent tragedy of a recent French immigrant who fired two rounds from his pistol, one bullet lodging in his back yard and another into a parked car in front of his house. He was arrested and sentenced to six months in the Los Angeles County Jail. I suppose the critical intent of her article was to engender sympathy for this allegedly naive immigrant from Western Europe who was "cruelly" subjected to the Los Angeles criminal justice system. All he did was get drunk, scare his wife, brandish and fire a handgun.
March 29, 2002
Re "Lindh Team Offers List of Abuses," March 23: Was this sob piece about John Walker Lindh commissioned and paid for by his loving parents? I am sorry, but I can't find any sympathy for a man who was raised in affluence in beautiful Marin County only to go and join the Taliban, a regime that terrorized civilians, treated women as subhuman, destroyed artistic treasures and generally stood in opposition to every American value. Whether or not he was fighting with Al Qaeda, to me he is a traitor, and at the very least a misogynist moron, no matter how many PR firms his parents care to hire.
January 15, 2009
Re "Regrets, he has a few," Jan. 13 Watching President Bush give his last news conference, I felt two things for him for the first time in his tumultuous and disastrous presidency: sympathy and sadness. Sadness for a man who clearly feels that he is misunderstood, and sympathy as I watch that man so desperately trying to reshape the dominant perception of his two terms in the White House -- and his legacy. He has, at long last, revealed himself to be a tragic figure. He clearly does not understand how his antics, attitude and shortsighted policies have severely damaged our nation's standing in the world community -- and how we are perceived as having lost our clear moral compass.