CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1996
Thomas Cahill (letter, March 26) has every right to be angry. Damned angry. Our hearts and prayers go out to Cahill and his mother. Random, senseless violence recently visited our family when our son, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Laura Previde, were the victims of a freeway shooting which left Laura paralyzed. Other victims can truly understand the pain, violation and rage associated with such despicable crimes. I urge Cahill to turn his anger into "positive determination," and get involved, to end this heinous violence, and reclaim our homes and neighborhoods.
January 14, 1995
Bill Moyers is absolutely right on target in his assessment of violence shown on TV and, in particular, the violence shown on the commercial networks ("Public Broadcasting Takes Stand on Juvenile Violence," Jan. 7). It has always surprised and amazed me that Sunday nights (the night I have considered to be the real family night) is the night often chosen to exhibit movies with the most horrendous of violent themes. I think that the new House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, would better serve the American people by increasing funding to PBS rather than even suggesting that it be dropped from government funding because I am sure that such wonderful children's shows as "Sesame Street," "Barney and Friends," "Mister Rogers" and others contribute positively to our young population, and, for their parents, such gems as "Masterpiece Theatre" and "Nova" (just two among many)