PUBLIC FORUM; PRAYER FOR ELIAN.I watched and videotaped Elian Gonzalez and his family move from the motorcade to the airport and finally leave for Cuba, and felt tears well up inside myself, just imagining what this little boy, one month shy of his seventh birthday, has been through since Thanksgiving Day.
No matter what side you take on this issue, try to remember this innocent little child, who, after watching his mother die, was pulled in every direction by both countries, and is finally returning to his original home. Let's all say a prayer and hope for Elian and his family to heal from all of this pain.
- Marie Roberts
I applaud the Supreme Court's assent to the return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba with his father. It is a belated Father's Day gift.
Considering the efforts of Elian's relatives in Miami, it should also be considered a victory for the secular forces for law and justice of our country.
The actual and real separation of religion from government that, against the sentiments of many, prevails in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , has worked to uphold family ties between father and son.
- Kenneth H. Bonnell
The Supreme Court has made infanticide infanticide (ĭnfăn`təsīd) [Lat.,=child murder], the putting to death of the newborn with the consent of the parent, family, or community. Infanticide often occurs among peoples whose food supply is insecure (e.g. legal, and they mentioned in their decision that partial-birth abortion partial-birth abortion
A late-term abortion, especially one in which a viable fetus is partially delivered through the cervix before being extracted. Not in technical use. was legal even if the head of the baby came out of the womb first. Let us take it to its logical conclusion.
The next time a woman is charged with murder for killing her newborn baby her defense will be, ``Yes, I strangled stran·gle
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a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
b. the baby, but its foot was still inside of me. I performed an abortion made legal by the Supreme Court in Stenberg vs. Carhart.''
- George Noonan
ENCOURAGE, DON'T BAN
LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) board member Valerie Fields has proposed banning the use of fake rifles and air rifles in Junior ROTC. Fields did not cite any problems with the use of fake rifles by the JROTC JROTC Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps that inspired her proposal. In truth, her proposal is based more on superstition than logic. The ancient Romans This an alphabetical List of ancient Romans. These include citizens of ancient Rome remembered in history for some reason.
Note that some persons may be listed multiple times, once for each part of the name. chopped down trees from which a child had fallen and been hurt on the assumption that the spirit of the tree had hurt the child. Fields seems to think the spirit of firearms will hurt children.
Fields could make a real contribution to our children if she would encourage supervised use of firearms rather than driving children who want to learn about firearms to do so illegally.
- Robert Harding
PASS IT ON
Your front page article ``Proposal to ban Jr. ROTC rifles triggers debate'' amusingly points out the intelligence of the L.A. school board, i.e. ``They don't need to be that militaristic mil·i·ta·rism
1. Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class.
2. Predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state.
3. .'' Maybe the Marines could be less militaristic, too. Hey, that's an idea. Pass it on to Bill Clinton and Al Gore Noun 1. Al Gore - Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
Albert Gore Jr., Gore .
- Susan Bell
CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
Re Supreme Court's version of freedom; You can riot, but you can't pray,'' by Tad Cronn, Opinion, June 27:
The separation of God from government is more like a conflict of interests than the scenario Tad described. To some of us, God, whatever that is, requires certain acts of love. As a Jew, those are very strong commandments, as in many other faiths. When the state forbids acts of love that are required by our ethical beliefs, God must be the winner in this as well as any other conflict.
I wonder if there are other Jews who would like to challenge the state's authority over laws which forbid acts of love such as the laws prohibiting prostitution?
- Mark James Simon Dr. James Simon is a Journalism professor and Head of the English Department at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Simon received the National 2003 small college Teacher of the Year award by the Small Program Interest Group of the Association for Education in
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Thank you, Daily News, for Tad Cronn's insightful and well-written essay, ``Supreme Court's version of freedom: You can riot, but you can't pray.'' It is heartening heart·en
tr.v. heart·ened, heart·en·ing, heart·ens
To give strength, courage, or hope to; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.
Adj. 1. to see a byline from a local writer who possesses such a wonderful combination of wisdom and intelligence. Let us hear from Cronn more often.
- Dave Culver
I would like to praise the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. firefighters for their outstanding commitment to doing their job. My deepest gratitude goes to them. On June 23, my 4-year-old son Gustavo Valdivia Jr. was hit by a car while he was outside of our house with my wife and our daughters. It was the scariest moments of our lives to see our son lying on the floor with head and leg injuries.
My wife called 911 and in less than five minutes, the paramedics arrived, and about seven minutes later, my son was airlifted in a helicopter to Childrens Hospital. I also want to express my gratitude to the driver who hit my son. He responsibly stopped his vehicle and also called 911. I always hear on the news or read in the papers of many drivers who hit and run.
- Gustavo Valdivia
Re ``Davis pitches Palmdale for deal'' (June 21).
It is clear that the program could save lots of money by using an available facility and a willing labor force. As mentioned in your article, Rep. (Howard ``Buck'') McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, inserted ``language'' into the 2001 Defense Authorization Act requiring the Pentagon to consider Palmdale as a production site, along with already-considered Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, and voted one of "America’s Most Livable Communities. and St. Louis, Mo.
It will be interesting to see if that language holds up through the Republican Congress. Texas and Missouri have so-called ``right to work'' laws (i.e. anti-union). I can't see Republicans helping a state get a contract which uses union labor.
- Vic Spencer
There was a huge rally of about 20,000 people in the Sports Arena some days ago and they wanted all of the 5 million or 6 million illegal aliens living in this country to be given amnesty. In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , they want to repeat the 1986 amnesty program again.
Some 3 million illegal persons were legalized then and the results, in my opinion, have not helped our country as a whole. First of all, the great majority of the legalized aliens of 1986 were poor and had little education, circumstances that sure didn't help their kids growing up here.
Even many Latinos, born here or not, do not think too much of the idea advocated at the Sports Arena.
- John F. Mendez
Re Ron Kaye's ``12 LAUSD years is a real education'' June 24:
Hurrah! I totally agree with you about public education.
I am a retired LAUSD teacher. For 30 years, I was in the system. My three sons went to Calvert, Parkman and Taft. Three of my grandchildren GRANDCHILDREN, domestic relations. The children of one's children. Sometimes these may claim bequests given in a will to children, though in general they can make no such claim. 6 Co. 16. go to public schools. I taught at Taft High School for 18 years, retiring from there in 1994. Over my years of teaching, I saw outstanding teaching and I saw the other side, teachers that should not have been teaching. But through it all, children learn not only the basics but that to succeed in this world you must try to understand all people.
I taught special-education students. They were creative, talented individuals who had slight learning problems. In my classes were students from Iran, El Salvador El Salvador (ĕl sälväthōr`), officially Republic of El Salvador, republic (2005 est. pop. 6,705,000), 8,260 sq mi (21,393 sq km), Central America. , Mexico and a mixture of whites from the Valley and African-Americans from the inner city.
If your message gets across to anyone, let it be in our homes and classrooms - in other words, everyone. We are the human race.
- Jean Domine
CAUSE FOR WONDER
Has anyone else begun to wonder if the California Earthquake Authority Established in September 1996 by the California Legislature, the California Earthquake Authority is a privately funded, publicly managed organization that sells California earthquake insurance policies through participating insurance companies. , created during Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush's administration, will be prepared to function in the event of another Northridge-like earthquake? Or has that money disappeared as well?
It also should not be forgotten the CEA CEA carcinoembryonic antigen.
CEA (Carcinoembryonic antigen) was created by the same insurance commissioner as a result of major insurance companies blackmailing the state. Remember, they were no longer going to sell homeowners policies unless they could be free to avoid an earthquake endorsement. Where do the earthquake policyholders, who are paying about four times as much to receive much less coverage, really stand?
- Michael Vosganian