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first_imgSeize moment Aware that the author of a column often does not choose the headline, I would consider “Obama has yet to seize the moment” (Comments, Dec 14) a negative distortion and not the essence of what Maureen Dowd was saying. She does indicate his backers (including myself) see his election as an incredibly positive statement for this country and points out both his difficulties in galvanizing the black community and his consistent wish to run his campaign in a less than frenzied manner. However, especially considering he is now ahead in Iowa and surging in New Hampshire, her main point is not that he isn’t performing well, but that so much hope is attached to him. – Isaac Weingart Northridge Militia meaning Re “Gun control” (Your Opinions, Dec. 17): Speaking to random shootings, Don Evans informs us that “My interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution is that members of a `well regulated militia’ have the right to `keep and bear arms,’ not the general public.” First, the term “militia” meant, in the 1783 time frame, all males between the ages of 18 and 40 who were not employed by the government. Second, the operative phrase in the Second Amendment is “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Although clearly Evans is not a constitutional expert, he would make a fine liberal judge. – Richard Bussell Santa Clarita Taxpayers bashed Had I known as a taxpayer that the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, would proliferate frivolous lawsuits, I would not have been supportive of this amendment. Perhaps some people shouldn’t work in positions such as fire and police departments because their feelings might get hurt. Taxpayers are being assaulted with one lawsuit after another. Taxpayers’ only defense is a limitation of the award amount of $10,000 for these “hurt feelings” lawsuits. – Carla Henry West Hills Rough race Regarding the 2007 GOP presidential race, Mark Twain would be proud of Huck and Tom in the race for president of the USA. So why the roar and shaking in the grave? You would have to read “Roughing It” to understand. A Mormon leading the pack. – Bob Ginn Arcadia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The “Dear Santa” column in Sunday’s Viewpoint section was emotional but not very well thought out. The writer pointed out how China uses coal-fired plants, but evidently does not realize that in just one city like Omaha, Nebraska, it takes over 50 coal-loaded freight cars every day just to supply one electrical energy plant. This is also the case in many other Eastern cities around the country. She blames China for most of our import problems, but does not include Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Bulgaria, Brazil, Peru, etc. etc. – all of which are also guilty of her complaints. A new president, which she asks for and will get, will not be able to deliver her wishes from Santa, since her complaints are a result of market forces usually called supply and demand. – Bob Bergstrom Calabasas AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStop FCC The neocon lap dogs on the FCC are again pushing for more media consolidation to the detriment of this country. Michael Powell and his successor, Kevin Martin, have done everything in their power to expand media consolidation, putting our news in the hands of a few political hacks like Rupert Murdock, and thus thwart democracy in the United States by limiting the voting public’s access to different information. Kevin Martin would have us eventually all listening, by lack of choice, to such news manipulators as News Corp. This is the last thing the U.S. needs. Honest reporting is already diminishing under such scoundrels. – Roger Hull Torrance last_img

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