January 4, 1986
Pat Thomson's story about the baseball autographed by Stan Musial was very moving and affecting. My own late father used an interest in sports to teach us about honor, integrity and grace under pressure. BYRON HARDIN Los Angeles
February 1, 2005
Your recent idea ["Outside Pursuits," Jan. 25] suggesting that kids collect stuff they find while exploring the outdoors is not a good idea. I teach my kids to leave what they find so their kids will have something to experience. As the saying goes: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Bill Vanderberg Inglewood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1995
I see in The Times where those birds who run our schools have come up with a new plan to go back to basics in education. Actually, this is not a new plan at all--teaching our broods the subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic is one of the oldest plans that we've ever had in this county. It's what we used to teach our kids before the bureaucrats took over our schools. Now, I don't know whether this back-to-basics plan of theirs is any good, but as long as they plan to go back to the basics, I think they ought to make sure their back-to-basics plan is complete.
February 6, 2003
I was in fourth grade when we learned of the Challenger tragedy in 1986. Our teachers had been thrilled about Christa McAuliffe's mission, and their enthusiasm was contagious. When the shuttle exploded, we sank into despair. Our teachers' tears were reminders that adults did not have the control over the world we thought they did. Now, 17 years later, I teach eighth-grade English to a wonderful group of bright, creative students. There were some problems during the '80s, but now my students must comprehend more frightening issues -- terrorist attacks on our country, an increasing possibility of another war -- and the Columbia catastrophe.
July 16, 1989
Regarding your June 11 Viewpoints column, "Should Defense Firms Switch From Swords to Plowshares?": Having done some business with defense contractors, I know that retraining workers on the production line is not a problem. That's a matter of a few weeks at most. The problem is in feather-bedded management. How is somebody going to learn to be competitive in the marketplace on a fixed-price item? In civilian production, cost overruns are not forgiven or accommodated. Cost overruns mean bankruptcies.
May 29, 1991
The article by Dianne Klein "In Constitutional Rights, Capistrano Senior Earns 'A' " (View, May 19) points out how small-minded some of these so-called "born-agains" really are. Mr. Peloza was hired by the (Capistrano Unified) School District to do one thing . . . to teach biology. Telling students that they will "go to hell unless they accept Jesus" is not part of the curriculum. May I suggest that he teach at some denominational school more suited to his views. It always strikes me as funny when people like Peloza (and the like-minded Operation Rescue clan)
October 18, 1992
As a former public educator, I applaud Garry Abram's article describing the "Building Better Characters" movement in education, but I believe the picture showing a student writing "I will not talk or leave my seat" will give readers the wrong message about the values currently being addressed by educators. Children are literal, and certainly this one knows he can and will get out of his seat and he will talk whenever he can get away with it. By writing the incorrect message, he is learning that authority figures manipulate and distort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993
Hurrah for McMillan's column against teaching homosexuality to first-graders in our public schools! All parents, rich or poor, should have the choice of when and how to teach their own offspring about both heterosexual and homosexual behavior as well as other things about life in our complex society. If the public schools must teach various opposing values, then it is an invasion of the parents' personal privacy for the state not to provide them with choices in education that now only the rich or the middle class (with increasingly great sacrifice)