February 3, 1992
James Gilden's response ("A Railroad Named Political Correctness," Jan. 13) to "PC--Politically Correct" (Dec. 29) troubled me more as an artist and playwright than the potential PC censors. Gilden attacks PACs and their influence on art by creating a fanciful scenario whereby Tennessee Williams redoes "Glass Menagerie" to fit the codes of the special-interest groups, delving further and further into ridiculous concessions to the PC police. As an issue-oriented gay playwright with more than 20 plays produced internationally, I've battled the PC police on both ends of the spectrum and often considered their requests to be ludicrous.
May 7, 2002
Re "Nike Can't Just Say It, Court Rules," May 3: So the California Supreme Court has ruled in the Nike case that "speech is commercial in its content if it is likely to influence consumers in their commercial decisions," and so it must be truthful. Too bad the court can't apply the same standards to speech by politicians and elected government officials who seek to sell their policies in order to influence the consumers/citizens (i.e., voters). Maybe then we might get some truth in advertising, political style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993
The editorial "Japan Watch--Truth in Textbooks" (March 19) was apt, but as we are quick to criticize others for revisionism, I wonder about our own commitment to historical accuracy in this country's textbooks. How many Americans know, for example, who won the fight at Lake of the Woods, the true cause of the Battle of the Alamo, what Stockton, Fremont and Carson were up to in Mexican California or how the Mexican War started and ended? How many know the geography of the Adams-Onis Treaty territory or why it was created?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1988
In his opinion piece in The Times (Opinion, Dec. 20), Martin E. Marty points out that the greatest danger to national security in the U.S. is lack of truth in government. I have long thought that responsibility starts at the top, whether it be family, church or government. Although we have perhaps always had some dishonesty in government, we haven't condoned it, nor have we held its perpetrators up as heroes. Not until the Reagan Administration. Reagan promised to change this country forever, and I'm afraid he has succeeded all too well.
September 13, 2012 |
It's a testament to writer-director Jim Hemphill's enjoyably chatty script and to the hand-in-glove performances of his charismatic leads that "The Trouble With the Truth," a movie that's largely just one long, real-time conversation between two people, proves such an alive and involving film. Despite taking place in only a few indoor locations - and without an excess of movement within those spots - Hemphill deftly manages to avoid the kind of static staginess often associated with this sort of chamber piece.
February 7, 2014 |
As the title of this episode of "American Masters" suggests, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is a lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American writer and activist who turns 70 on Sunday, two days after the film airs on PBS. February is, of course, Black History Month, which makes the non-birthday aspect of the timing dispiriting. Surely it shouldn't require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker. And yet it is also reaffirming as well since it looks like Black History Month remains a very good idea.
July 23, 2013 |
Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech. There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998
Re "Mexico Deserves the Truth," editorial, Oct. 12: I find it ironic that you comment on an issue that only the Mexican people should deal with. You claim that the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is a model to emulate. This is the same Freedom of Information Act that has exposed the truth with respect to: the assassination of President Kennedy, the covert war of the CIA in Vietnam, assassination attempts on Fidel Castro, the death of Che Guevara, the truth about U.S. intervention in Latin America, Iran-Contra, how Panama was stolen from Colombia to build the Panama Canal, the truth about the annexation of half of the Mexican Northwest (now the U.S. Southwest)
November 2, 1986
Docudrama? As in Fictohistory ? As in Abstrarealism ? Accullusion ? Gee, what a surprise that such precise thinking as is exhibited in this silly form generates such confusion and bitterness. Let's get it right people? Are you trying to discover some truth or are you telling us a nice commercial story? BRUCE KENNEDY Torrance For more on the ambiguities of docudrama, see Page 2.