September 24, 2004
With the L.A. County medical trauma system in crisis, placing an article about James Fuhrman ("Ethics Watchdog Drops Chase in W. Hollywood," Sept. 21) on the front page and the story about King/Drew Medical Center back in the California section defies belief. Fuhrman's impact on this community has been minuscule by any standard, at best resulting in a reduction in meal expenses charged to the city by officials. This story belongs on the comics page; Fuhrman is a joke, not real news.
November 17, 1993 |
Do children who watched the firestorms on TV really need much help with fire-related fears? No, says Justin Aronfreed, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor. "Children are very resilient. They're not as easily terrorized and paralyzed as many experts would like us to think," he says. Most of what parents hear about the effects of perceived disaster on children is opinion, he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1991
I have just read the article regarding Laura Small's judgment involving the mountain lion mauling of the little girl in Caspers Park ("County to Appeal Award to Girl Who Was Mauled," Sept. 18). I find it difficult to believe that the County Board of Supervisors wants to appeal the court's decision. The county had an obligation to issue warnings regarding the dangers involved. The park rangers should have made the public aware. Haven't this child and her family been through enough?
July 25, 1995 |
3M Camarillo has been named Employer of the Year by the Ventura County/Santa Barbara County chapter of the California Assn. of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals. The award was given "as a result of a decade-old pledge to return employees back into the work environment," said Bob Michels, the plant's manufacturing manager. Also honored was the facility's health care nurse, Darlene Rose. She said 3M's disability management program provides both physical and emotional support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1986
I am shocked to learn that "limitations concerning incest and child abuse victims" have been upheld. Your article stated that "California laws prohibit incest and child abuse victims from bringing civil actions against parents after the age of 19." I have only one question: Why? Is it because all the pain, physical trauma, and emotional anguish magically disappear after the age of 19? I think not. Is it because people who are older than 19 are old enough to cope with such trauma?
August 3, 1989 |
Witnesses at the sexual assault trial of Denver Bronco Gerald Perry say the woman who accused the lineman of raping her refused to go to the hospital for an examination when police first contacted her. Dr. Clarence Blea, who examined the woman when she went to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center about 18 hours after the alleged assault, said he found no visible signs of trauma or anything else to indicate that she had been raped.
November 21, 1993
Construction of a memorial to eight women who died in Vietnam may seem to be overkill ("Give the Women Vets Their Due," Nov. 8). Please remember, though: The Vietnam War was not only combat. It was a national trauma to which we contributed our young men and women. The war created a feeling that future generations will neither appreciate nor understand. I understand. I was drafted in August, 1966. I trained with several men and women who died in the war that had so little meaning or purpose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992
Rucker's message, while well-intentioned, ignored the state of affairs in the workplace, at home and in society: Innocent little girls are molested; professionally attired and mannered women are subtly harassed, oftentimes behind closed doors and without witnesses; naive young women are date-raped; wives are battered; elderly women are mugged. What kind of message was sent by them? Were they asking for ill-treatment? The answer is an emphatic no. Trauma experienced during an assault is everlasting and can never be erased from memory.
February 8, 2010 |
Let me get straight to the point: Americans' profound distrust of government is neurotic -- irrational, defensive and born of emotional trauma. That doesn't mean I discount other sources of our disabling distrust of Washington. I believe the scholars who cite watershed events like Watergate and Vietnam as having undermined our belief in governing institutions. But such recent-history rationales for our distrust don't fully explain the emotional depth of our disaffection. They don't properly take into account how these events triggered the anti-government strain already in our national DNA, in the same way that, say, environmental factors can trigger a genetic predisposition or a childhood trauma can create anxiety in an adult.
July 30, 2006 |
WHENEVER I SEE heartbreaking photographs of grief-stricken civilians in war zones -- like the pictures pouring out of Lebanon -- I wonder how they do it. How are the survivors able to turn their attention away from all the loss and destruction they've seen and suffered to refocus on whatever remains of the details of their daily lives? Americans, mired in the culture of confession, tend to fetishize both memory and the need to testify to tragedy.