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Snapshots From a Kinder, Gentler Age

These are happy times for California right-wingers.

Orange County Reps. Robert K. Dornan and William E. Dannemeyer, having dutifully pledged liberty and justice for all, petition the Irvine City Council to withhold its equal-opportunity ordinance. Dannemeyer sends The Times a Bible-thumping jeremiad against homosexuals. Dornan becomes man of the hour for the Republicans, those law-and-order types who hired guards to police the polls in Latino precincts and brought Oliver North to Orange County as a hero.

A pastor in Huntington Beach welcomes into his church Jew haters who claim to disbelieve the Holocaust.

The National Rifle Assn. defends the right of an unregulated one-man militia to bear an AK-47. It’s a sporting weapon, the NRA says, capable of pumping 20 bullets into a savage buck deer in seconds. The NRA has not so far upheld the constitutional right of children in Stockton and Los Angeles to life and domestic tranquility.

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The niggardly Jarvis and Gann propositions force security cuts at a Santa Monica medical health clinic. A patient murders the unprotected, dedicated, professional Robbyn Panitch.

It’s hard to remember that we live in the kinder, gentler age.

BERNARD HIMES

Laguna Niguel

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