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
June 17, 1988
Regarding the adoption of little Katie, it's impossible for me to understand how any court could possibly contemplate separating her from a happy family. This case has evidently already created some mental confusion for Katie, for which McNamara is responsible. FRANK STRACK Rancho
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
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
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.
February 6, 2002
Glenn Sacks' "In Defense of John Walker Lindh's Parents" (Voices, Feb. 2) articulated my feelings exactly. It is not easy to be the parent of a 20-ish son who is searching, rebelling and changing. I feel our government has way overreacted, and to threaten to jail him for life or even execute him is horrifying. I remember the '60s. The old men who govern our country now must remember their own youth. I have read that our president drank too much and was a party boy in college but has risen to the challenge of recent events.