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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?
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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.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By James Rainey
Neither side in the contentious presidential race has been immune to  spinning reality in its direction, but it is the Republican vice presidential nominee - Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - who seems particularly averse to admitting when the facts don't line up the way he wants them to. The Atlantic's James Fallows suggested in an essay over the weekend a couple of reasons why Ryan has taken such a flogging in the media for offering “selectively...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
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.
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)
TRAVEL
August 18, 1991
I absolutely agree with Jack Adler's article concerning traveler confusion with connecting terms such as "direct" and "nonstop" ("Seeking Truth in Air Advertising," July 21). As a flight attendant for 13 years, I can vouch for the numerous misunderstandings. This must be uniformly changed. I believe that a basic consumer marketing principle should be, if the majority of your consumers are using a product incorrectly, then the directions should be changed. LESLIE DeBICCAR Hermosa Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
OPINION
August 23, 2002
Re the $1-trillion lawsuit over 9/11 filed against the Saudis, Aug. 16: Finally, we may make some headway as to what happened on Sept. 11. The media and the Republican administration have dragged their feet in getting to the bottom of this horrendous terrorist act perpetrated on our country. It took the unwavering courage of the families of the victims coming together to sue the Saudis--and anyone else connected to this treacherous act--to get to the truth. Joan Magit Northridge
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1986
Summit writes most eloquently, but it's so easy to accuse and much more difficult to be on the defensive. As to his accusing the defense attorneys of showing only a "few moments out of thousands of hours of videotape records," I would like to ask, why not show all of the tapes in their entirety? The defense would love to have had that happen as it would be eminently clear how these stories got started and continued to grow. By the same token, Children's Institute International has allowed the parents to see only a few well-chosen fragments of their child's videotape interview.
OPINION
October 3, 2008
Re "When all truth is relative," Opinion, Sept. 29 Although I have often read Gregory Rodriguez's columns with interest, I tired of his trite and simplistic version of "postmodern relativism." What Rodriguez calls "the intellectual left" (they're all the same, right?) considers many epistemological positions between the two poles of absolutism and individualistic relativism. Take science, which is frequently considered a secular alternative to faith. There is posited truth in scientific views -- but it is not unprovable, only disprovable.
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