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February 20, 2005
If playwright Edward Albee truly believes complacency is a worse thing than having sex with an animal, then why can't he respect his detractors who are not complacent in their criticism of his play? ["Watch. Think. Squirm.," Feb. 6]. Why does he dismiss such negative responses as "knee-jerk"? He takes a patronizing tone as he explains the subject of his play is "the arbitrary limits of our tolerance" and his social philosophy that "we really should examine our values to see what we really believe.
May 18, 1990
The die is cast. Westlake North is considered a "done deal." I had the misfortune of going to City Hall recently to hear the City Council approval. How fitting that this choice is coming to its climax on Earth Day, when we are highlighting the values of clean air, water, and the environment. The real issue that is before us is one of values, the value of the tax revenue from Westlake North project versus the cost to the environment: traffic, pollution, water use, loss of natural beauty, the strain on schools, and so on. Unfortunately, we are not able to calculate all of the costs involved, particularly when these costs extend through the next generation.
June 23, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
In a state where the dynamics of marriage, family and home are shifting, Orange County remains a "vestige of tradition," as one sociologist put it. Analysts, however, say the county's loyalty to convention is not due to a push to maintain its image as a pillar of social conservatism. Instead, they point to the bustling Latino commercial districts in Santa Ana, the Vietnamese American coffee shops in Garden Grove and the halal butchers in Anaheim — to an influx of immigrants who have imported the old-fashioned family structures of their homelands.
November 23, 2012 | By Donna Gehrke-White
"Spiritual" estate planning is becoming a hot topic for baby boomers who want to make sure their values are passed down along with their money, financial planners say. Bequests to charities are up 19% in a year, according to Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that monitors charities. But it goes beyond leaving money to a favorite group, said South Florida attorney Alice Reiter Feld. "It's leaving money with a purpose," she said. That extends into deciding how to give money, or not, to family members, Feld said.
July 1, 1996
Almost every article in your paper proves that we are suffering a crisis of values. However, I believe that your articles on values ("Liberty vs. Morality," occasional series), and the responses, missed a crucial point. Our problem isn't lack of values. Actually, we have too many. We admire honesty, responsibility, tolerance, hard work, compassion and so forth. On the other hand, we also respect cutthroat competition, individualism, greed, absolute freedom and the possession of tremendous wealth.
December 11, 1995
Thanks to Jim Urbanovich for his practical, sane and splendidly straightforward "If Kids' Values Are Damaged, Don't Blame TV" (Counterpunch, Nov. 20). Teach values, teach right from wrong and decide to say "no" to television: Legions of psychologists, family counselors and social scientists could not have said it more effectively than Urbanovich. GLEN W. REDMAN Los Angeles
December 26, 1993
The recent articles and discussions on crime reflect a serious shortcoming in our approach to addressing the problems of our society. The shortcoming is working only on the symptoms of the problem and not the causes. Crime and other negative behaviors are a result of the decisions that people make and their subsequent behavior. All of life is decision-making. In our decision-making process, values are the criteria against which we evaluate what to do, how to do it and when to do it. An example--if one of my values is the respect of others, I do not decide to hurt other people regardless of how angry I am. So values--or more to the point, bad values--are a key cause of negative behavior.
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