Opinion
Reading Los Angeles: Join The Times' new book club
Opinion Readers React
Readers React

Would Americans tolerate a constant barrage of rockets?

To the editor: We are pretty laid back here in Santa Barbara, though there is often some grumbling about the annoying panhandling of homeless people. ("Israel pounds Gaza; Hamas rejects PLO's proposed cease-fire," July 29)

Can you imagine what the response would be, even in this relaxed town, if dozens of rockets were being fired on us from, say, Russia? Even if only a handful of us died or were injured, would we tell the government with California panache, "Whatever!"?

As the rockets got more powerful and sophisticated, would we grudgingly acquiesce to the army trying to stop the attacks, but with great guilt because not that many of us had died yet? If our army returned fire, would we blow up our own bomb shelters so that more of us would die to make it fairer?

Beth Ruben, Santa Barbara

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Bruce Jenner's very public transition

    To the editor: It's encouraging to read that Bruce Jenner's widely watched interview Friday night may raise national awareness and acceptance of transgender persons. ("Transgender community, allies see Jenner interview in positive light," April 25)

  • Do drones make it too easy to wage war?

    To the editor: It is appropriate that the government and the media revive the drone debate. There have been many unintended casualties from drone attacks, and these are always shocking. ("U.S. must explain necessity of drone strikes," editorial, April 24)

  • UCLA is right to welcome Cornel West

    To the editor: I am a supporter of Israel — of its survival and social development. A dear member of my family gave generously to Technion (Israel's MIT) for just those reasons. ("Some Jewish activists don't want Cornel West at UCLA conference," April 24)

  • Could manmade quakes come to frack-friendly California?
    Could manmade quakes come to frack-friendly California?

    To the editor: As scientists map oil industry-triggered earthquakes in other states, California regulators are ignoring risky activity by oil companies. Underground injection of fracking flow-back and other oil wastewater can trigger damaging quakes, research shows — and oil companies in California...

  • Scientology deserves its tax exemption

    To the editor: Alex Gibney appears trapped in his own prison of bias when he wrongly asserts that the Church of Scientology did not deserve IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status in 1993. The truth is the Church underwent the most exhaustive IRS scrutiny of any applicant in history to be recognized....

  • Polls of anti-gun researchers don't indicate scientific consensus

    To the editor: Harvard public health Professor David Hemenway's research is a prime example of a scientific determination by a show of hands. ("There's scientific consensus on guns -- and the NRA won't like it," op-ed, April 22)

Comments
Loading