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May 27, 2002
Joe Mandoky may have gotten a bit too much into character in his portrayal of Robert E. Lee, whom he calls "a true American hero." This is rather ironic, considering Mandoky's unwavering defense of the American flag. Lee might have been an honorable Southern gentleman, but he fought against the American flag, and he certainly did not believe in "the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
November 23, 2000
I've always been a bit befuddled by the incredible popularity of Thomas Kinkade. As an amateur painter, I certainly admire his technical competence. Nevertheless, I frankly admit that I find his subject matter boring. Apparently, though, collectors who are willing to pay 300 grand for an original piece would disagree. I am equally surprised that your reporter quoted Kinkade ("Kinkade lets light shine through his art," Nov. 20) as saying that his works have been compared with Norman Rockwell.
December 6, 2006
Council doesn't know enough to get involved Insofar as I am aware, no one on the Glendale City Council is trained in Armenian law ("Council to mull helping man's plight," Tuesday). Also, I don't believe that Armenian law is based on English common law, as is our law. This means that training and practice in this country does not provide much, if any, insight into the Armenian legal system. No one on the City Council has enough expertise even to know if an injustice was done in Armenia.
December 1, 2004
Faith not the reason many don't like Bush In his column on Nov. 19, Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy makes the outrageous claim that people hate President Bush, not because of his politics, but because of his faith. This is not what I have observed at all. In fact, all the Bush-bashers I know despise him first and foremost because of the war in Iraq. Before the war they might have disagreed with him politically, but they did not exhibit the anger that they now have.
June 28, 2002
While I don't wish to comment on all the whatever in Steve Mills' rambling letter of June 25, I would point out that he ought to read a little history, especially of the American Civil War, before he makes statements like it "was entirely about slavery." I hate to burst your bubble, Mills, but it was "entirely about the preservation of the Union." You should have read more of Lincoln's writings, especially the one addressed to Horace Greeley of Aug. 22, 1862.
June 5, 2002
In his letter, James Speed tries to justify the incarceration of 70,000 American citizens into concentration camps during World War II, saying, "It is easy for you revisionists to sit back 50 years later and pontificate and deplore what is moral and what is not, when you weren't there to make a judgment based on the facts existing at that time and place." As one of those "pontificators," I pointed out in a previous letter to this forum that I based my judgment not on my own moralizing, but on that of historians, many of whom did indeed live through World War II and who have almost unanimously described these internment camps as an injustice.
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