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November 3, 1988
As a Democratic activist who provided much of the leadership to register 7,000 voters on the Westside of Los Angeles, I must say there exists a meanness on the part of the Republicans that is very un-American. If you hand out literature or ask them to vote, you are greeted by about 5% of the population with epithets like Communists, references to the gay community, etc. You are told you are un-American, that President Jimmy Carter was a weakling, that you should be shot, you should be ashamed of yourself for supporting the Democrats, and that you do not love America and the freedom it stands for. I have told them I volunteered to fight the Nazis by volunteering with the Royal Air Force and that I was still continuing that battle against right-wing extremism and the danger to freedom in America for people who advocate a more decent and fair society.
February 26, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -   Majority Leader Harry Reid, angered by a new round of anti-Obamacare ads he called "lies," condemned the Koch brothers as "un-American" on the Senate floor Wednesday. Reid's remarks attacking the billionaire Republican contributors Charles and David Koch reflect Democrats' increasing concern that the spending by outside groups like Americans for Prosperity against Democratic candidates could cost the party its Senate majority. The Nevada Democrat, in the first of two floor speeches on the subject Wednesday, questioned the veracity of new advertisements from Koch-backed groups that feature individuals sharing stories about the apparent hardships they've faced because of the Affordable Care Act. One features a Michigan resident who said she was fighting leukemia and had her insurance canceled because of the new law. The woman says Rep. Gary Peters' vote to pass the law "jeopardized my health.
November 27, 2004
In "Cultivating Opium, Not Democracy," Commentary, Nov. 23, Robert Scheer trumpets with his usual invective the Bush administration's alleged inability to deal effectively with the spread of Afghanistan's opium crop. Notice that Scheer does not discuss how or why this destructive drug ends up "bought and sold" in black ghettos all over America. Notice also that he offers no real solution in combating this serious problem. He just continues to hone his vituperative demagoguery against anything and everything Republican, conservative, religious or moral.
January 20, 2013
Although Republicans are eager to repeal the entire 2010 healthcare reform law, they started the new session of Congress last week by taking aim at one provision in particular: the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a yet-to-be-named group of 15 presidential appointees from various healthcare disciplines that could play a key role in limiting the growth of Medicare spending. Critics argue that it's a bad idea and even un-American to put so much power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.
February 11, 2003
During World War II, my parents, both American citizens, were given 10 days to dispose of all their belongings, pack two bags and be taken from their homes by the United States government. They were not told where they were being sent or how long they would be held. They were, in fact, held first in horse stalls at Santa Anita racetrack and then sent to barbed-wired camps with machine gun-wielding guards. The U.S. government (more than 40 years later) admitted this was wrong and apologized, granting reparations to the victims whose only crime was that they happened to be of Japanese descent.
June 24, 1990
President Bush has characterized his drive for a constitutional ban on flag burning as "an American issue," implying that opposition to such an amendment would be un-American. Defense of our right to free speech, it seems, is now un-American. I don't suppose somebody could help me back through the looking glass? RICHARD R. COX Long Beach
September 6, 1992
I agree with the statement in George Will's Column Right ("A 115.82-Meter Home Run? It's Un-American," Aug. 31) that the last thing we need is more government bureaucrats telling us how to lead our lives. But Will is completely wrong in believing the U.S. can continue using British units, when the rest of the world has adopted the metric system. How can it be "un-American" to be efficient, systematic and logical? Besides, without the aid of government the metric system has permeated many areas of the U.S. The soldiers in the Gulf War relied on metrics for ranging and targeting of all weaponry for accuracy and simplicity.
July 29, 2004
Re "Shove Story," editorial, July 27: Methinks The Times editorial writer should "shove it." What gall to think that an editorial writer from a right-wing rag has the right to abuse Teresa Heinz Kerry without her reacting as she rightly did. This hardly compares with Vice President Cheney's use of the "F-word" on the floor of the Senate, which was truly despicable and which he later said made him feel better. I assume Heinz Kerry feels better too. So do I. George Magit Northridge After reading "Frankly, Kerry's Wife Goes Off Script Again" (July 27)
October 5, 1990
I would much rather laugh at the antics of Mel Gibson and Robert Downey than bemoan the U.S. government and its involvement with opium trafficking. Turning a blind eye to the goings-on of our government isn't "American." It isn't "un-American" to giggle at the mistakes of our CIA, either. People still joke about Nixon and you can't tell me that is un-American. I love the United States and never want to live anywhere else. That doesn't mean I am one of those Wally George fanatics and believe blindly in everything the government tells me. Laughing at days gone by is a good way to get beyond them.
April 30, 1993
In response to a letter (April 17): To say that the Republicans' tactics blocking Clinton's economic plan are un-American is absolutely preposterous. The letter writer doesn't understand how dangerous it is for a country to have both bodies of Congress as well as the presidency controlled by one party. The Republicans, even as a minority, have every right and the responsibility to have their voices heard. I applaud their blocking of Clinton's wasteful "stimulus package." This package would not stimulate the economy or create jobs!
July 4, 2012
On a recent trip to Britain, what struck me most about that country's relationship with its sovereign wasn't the usual commercial tributes - the cheap china stamped with the queen's likeness, the tabloid stories about the royal family and such rot - but the genuine devotion modern Britons seem to have for Elizabeth II. And judging by Americans' fascination with events such as the recent royal wedding and the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration (a...
February 4, 2012 | Mitchell Landsberg
The Catholic Church reacted strongly Friday to a White House defense of new rules that will force many religious employers to provide contraception to their workers in government-mandated health insurance plans. "The White House information about this is a combination of misleading and wrong," said Anthony Picarello, general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He said the bishops would "pursue every legal mandate available to them to bring an end to this mandate.
July 24, 2011 | By Diana Wagman
Every summer when the temperature goes up, people start stripping down. At the risk of sounding like a prude, I find it unseemly. Toddlers look cute in just a pair of shorts. Middle-aged men do not. Most women don't look good in shorts, period. Yes, there are starlets strutting down Sunset Boulevard beautiful in little short-shorts, but they're the exception. I don't see them at my local grocery store leaning over the frozen food case. What I see reaching for the ice cream is just way too much.
July 17, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Joseph Hittelman, a Los Angeles physician whose advocacy of reforms such as healthcare for the poor led to his persecution as a subversive during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100. The cause was complications of a heart attack, said his son, attorney Paul M. Hittelman. Joseph Hittelman was a family practitioner in the early 1950s when he was called before government committees seeking to remove Communists from positions of power and influence.
January 6, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Jean Benson Wilkinson, who became one of the first Los Angeles public school teachers to be fired for refusing to cooperate with McCarthy-era investigators, died Dec. 28 in Berkeley. She was 96. FOR THE RECORD: Jean Wilkinson: In the Jan. 6 LATExtra section, the obituary of Jean Benson Wilkinson, a Los Angeles teacher who was fired during the Red Scare, cited a 1954 editorial by William Randolph Hearst. The year was correct but not the author; Hearst died in 1951. The editorial was unsigned and ran in the Los Angeles Herald Express, a Hearst newspaper.
September 5, 2010 | By Richard Rodriguez
Between cynicism and hypocrisy lies the 2,000-mile U.S.- Mexico border. America is raising a wall in the desert to separate Mexican drug exporters from American drug consumers, to separate Latin American peasants who will work for low wages from the Americans who would hire them. The Great Wall of America, straddling less than half the length of the border, descends into canyons and across the desert floor. For the Mexican, it represents a high hurdle. For the American, it is an attempt to stop the Roadrunner's progress with an Acme Border Sealing Kit. In some places the wall is made of tennis-court-style cyclone fencing or dark mesh of the sort used for barbeque grills in public parks.
July 13, 1987
Joe McCarthy rides again--this time at the hearings with House chief counsel John Nields as chief inquisitor! We haven't seen anything this vindictive and un-American since the McCarthy hearings. North ought to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor just for valor alone facing that bunch of snakes. M. JAFFE Montebello
March 6, 1988
I didn't realize just how bad ABC's coverage of the Olympics was until Bonnie Blair's last race. I found myself hoping she didn't win just so I could be spared having to watch another re-run of her family and friends cheering ad nauseam. It's a tragedy that ABC could make a person feel so un-American. GENE FARMER Northridge
July 30, 2010
Is constructing an Islamic community center two blocks from ground zero an insult to the victims of 9/11 and their families? Sarah Palin seems to think so. The former Alaska governor famously asked "peaceful Muslims" to "refudiate" plans for the center, which will include a space for Muslim daily prayers. She also wondered why the proposed Cordoba House didn't stab its supporters in the heart "as it does ours throughout the heartland." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offers a different argument against construction of the proposed center: This country should engage in tit-for-tat with religiously intolerant Muslim nations.
April 28, 2010 | Raul A. Reyes
As a Latino attorney, I read Jonah Goldberg's Opinion April 27 Op-Ed column ("Arizona's ugly but necessary immigration law") with a mixture of anger and sadness. Goldberg wrote that he supports the new law, the most stringent immigration measure in the country, while allowing that he is "worried that it could lead to civil rights abuses." Goldberg mentions what he considers to be intrusive features of government — the Internal Revenue Service, airport security and the new healthcare legislation — as evidence of "necessary" evils.
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