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August 1, 2006
Re "6 + 4 = 1 Tenuous Existence," Column One, July 28 This family is the poster child for what's wrong with illegal immigration. The mother and father have been here 22 and 28 years, respectively, and can't speak English. Their six children were already a drain on our economy because of their health problems -- and now four more? Why is it the responsibility of U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for people who make irresponsible decisions on family planning? How much healthcare or education could be provided to U.S. citizens -- either native-born or legal immigrants -- if taxes were to benefit only legal residents?
February 28, 2003
How thought-provoking of The Times to run "Rescuing a Boy From the Streets" on the same front page as "Iraq War Cost Could Soar, Pentagon Says" (Feb. 26). Los Angeles Police Officer Derwin Henderson's tough love has certainly turned Terrance Flournoy's life around, but equally impressive and inspiring is Henderson's sacrifice as the young man moved from "one pair of pants, a shirt, two pairs of socks, the shoes on his feet and a set of underwear" to private school, health care and a room of his own. Meanwhile, the cost of invading Iraq is estimated at $100 billion plus $25 billion to $105 billion for five additional years because Iraq is a nation with "ethnic tensions that could lead to other problems" ("A Huge Postwar Force Seen," Feb. 26)
August 23, 2003
Re "A Double-Edged Sword for Latinos," Commentary, Aug. 20: I agree with Kenneth Miller's view that Latinos/Latinas need to reorganize their priorities and focus on making Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante a strong and probable replacement in case the governor is indeed recalled. We Latinos need to stop wasting our energy on fighting UC Regent Ward Connerly's Proposition 54. Oct. 7 is right around the corner. Latinos/Latinas and most other minorities need not worry that their backgrounds and experiences will become completely disregarded.
September 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
If a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, would hate language, even if designed to be tough love, be just as hurtful? As far as a federal jury in New York is concerned, the N-word -- even when uttered by a black person and aimed at another black person -- is just as demeaning. The eight-person federal jury on Tuesday awarded $30,000 in punitive damages, in addition to $250,000 in compensatory damages awarded last week, to Brandi Johnson, 38, a worker at STRIVE, an East Harlem employment agency.
September 17, 2000
Although I didn't hail from the affluent Westside as did Michelle Markel ("It's a Tough Love, but a Westsider Learns It for Her Valley," Aug. 27), I can somewhat equate my life with hers. It was nearly one year ago that I departed "L.A. proper" (to some, improper) for the sedate suburb of Sylmar because of expediency, not desire. The building that had been my home for more than 7 1/2 years was sold, and it's quite difficult to find a rental that accepts pets. How my life was changed for the better!
December 5, 2002
As Alice Callaghan intimated in her Nov. 27 commentary, "Wheels of Commerce Are Rolling Over the Homeless," it is like a war zone at the front door of our soup kitchen, with the police detaining anyone who simply looks like he or she might be homeless. The Central City Assn. claims that the current conflict is between tough love practiced by high-minded people like themselves who want to empower the police to arrest the "criminally homeless," and softheaded, compassionate people like us who mindlessly defend the "rights" of the poor to sleep on the streets.
September 6, 2003
Re "For Love of the Game, if Not for Pete's Sake," Opinion, Aug. 31: With due respect to Robert David Jaffee, he is misguided in his effort to save major league baseball via putting Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. Baseball does not need to condone betting on the game in order to better itself. If we are to celebrate scrappy players, let's celebrate a team like the 2002 Angels, which personified hustle and grit. Baseball must look ahead to remedies in equitable revenue-sharing and distribution of talent, not backward to tainted icons.
September 3, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The summer of a thousand Band-Aids is just about over, and the little guy is off to the third grade, finally. The first day of school comes just as his mother is contemplating hurling herself from the roof. Coincidence? Probably not. Our little Huck. Spent the summer working on his impressions and burping the alphabet. One week, he took up tap-dancing. So now he's off to the third grade — elbows like broom handles, scrubbed as if being sold. I think his mother might've taken him to one of those car detailers to have him steam cleaned.
May 23, 1999
Re "State Panel Assails Judge for Remarks," May 6: Orange County Superior Court Judge Susanne S. Shaw is an excellent judge who should be commended, not condemned, for her actions in the courtroom. What this country needs is more straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense judges like her. If more judges would emulate Shaw's integrity, concern and diligence, there would be more respect for authority in this country. It's time somebody turned this country around. If more judges would speak plain English to defendants instead of spewing all the wishy-washy, politically correct nonsense, which no one can understand, maybe these folks would get the message.
May 25, 1989 | MARCI SLADE, Slade is a Sherman Oaks free-lance writer.
Five years ago, Burbank teen-ager Joe Metz was more interested in breaking the law than enforcing it. "I've tried almost every drug you can think of," he said. Today, Metz has been clean for more than three years, and he is thinking about a career in law enforcement. "I'm kind of interested in SWAT," the 17-year-old said. "I want to get a career going before I start a family." Family used to be something to escape. At age 12, Metz became addicted to drugs. "I started dealing drugs, got into gangs, stopped going to school in the seventh grade and didn't go for about three years.
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