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  • Pro or con, feelings strong on flag display

    first_imgWeston was also upset by crosses that Reza had placed on his lawn, along with a placard listing the U.S. death toll and the question “How many more?” Reza later removed the sign and crosses when asked to do so by his homeowners association. Weston’s mother, Patti Redding, and Christine Rosso, who has a brother in the military, both live near Reza and have asked him to remove the flags. I agreed with them and wrote that while we don’t have to respect the decisions of the political leaders who got us into this war, we should respect the wishes of the families and men and women carrying out those decisions. I also asked readers for their opinions about Reza’s actions and received dozens of e-mails and calls. Here is a sampling of the responses: “I totally disagree with your comments,” wrote Steve Block. “He has every right to protest the war as long as he is not doing it illegally. More statements are needed to express the dissatisfaction with this unnecessary war.” As I expected, a lot of readers reacted to Sunday’s column about a Newhall man who has erected more than 250 American flags on his front lawn to protest the Iraq war and honor the troops who have died. Alex Reza, a 67-year-old retired schoolteacher who served in the Army during the Vietnam War era, said he hoped his display would spark a dialogue and move the war “from the back of people’s minds to the front.” It has done just that. Many readers who responded encouraged him to keep the display. Others sided with Army Maj. Jeff Weston, who wrote Reza from Afghanistan in February, asking him to remove the flags. Weston felt the flags were being used as a political statement rather than as a memorial to his fallen comrades. Irene Galvan wrote that she and her husband believe Reza is simply `trying to keep the war effort fresh in the minds of citizens who may forget the deadly consequences of our involvement in Iraq.” “We think it is his right to exercise freedom of speech, which is the very right our military is fighting to preserve,” she wrote. “Your article is very one-sided.” Donna Lee-Stevens wrote that she wished Reza had more yard space so he could erect a flag for every soldier who has died in Iraq. “It is with great respect that I must disagree with Army Maj. Jeff Weston,” she wrote. “Mr. Reza was given the right under our Bill of Rights: First Amendment. It is the freedom of speech. It matters not whether he is making a political statement; it is his right to do so.” But Larry Cummings had this to say: “I became very angry and upset when first reading your article, but as I began to write this I realized that this was not a personal thing between Mr. Reza and me. “It’s about the freedoms we have in this country and why brave men and women volunteer to protect our freedoms. Mr. Reza has every right to have this `memorial’ in his front yard. “He must understand, though, that his politics are not his neighbors’ or my politics, but his alone. To force his politics on his neighbors is not appropriate to the rights of others. Appreciate the fact that there are those who would die for your life and freedoms.” Bonnie Pearson of Sunland wrote, “Please, Mr. Reza, as a mom of a son in the Navy, I am asking you to honor the request of Maj. Weston and take down the flags. Please show compassion to your neighbors who have family over there.” And from Nadine Winningham: “Does he honestly think that no one thinks about the war? Of course our soldiers’ deaths can’t be justified. No death in any kind of battle can be justified, but sadly that’s the harsh reality of war. “The men and women who have died protecting our country, died protecting our freedoms, absolutely deserve the utmost respect. They do not deserve to be used to make a political statement.” There were dozens of additional e-mails and phone calls voicing similar opinions – and dozens more saying Reza had every right to keep his flags up. “We do live in a free and democratic society that allows us to voice ourselves, unpopular as it may be on various issues,” wrote Bernardo Rubalcova. “More of us should have the intestinal fortitude of what Reza is doing.” And finally this from Jerry Pennington in Van Nuys: “My son has had two deployments in Iraq and is going back for a third. “When I asked him about Mr. Reza’s flags, he told me, `Everyone grieves in their own way, and everyone has the right to show their feelings for my fallen friends.”‘ The dialogue you wanted has begun, Mr. Reza. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

  • Kurtenbach: The Warriors played the ultimate trump card in Game 1 vs. the Clippers

    first_imgSpecifically, Stephen Curry was too much for Los Angeles to handle.While the scrappy Clippers found a way to go blow-for-blow with the rest of the turnover-prone Warriors’ roster for the first three quarters of the contest, they had no answer for the two-time MVP, who turned in a near-perfect offense performance in Game 1.Curry scored 38 points, dished out 7 assists, and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Warriors’ 121-104 win, carrying his team when they were struggling and inspiring it to play better basketball once the Warriors went ahead.It was yet another transcendent performance for the Baby Faced Assassin — a string of escalating highlights that would have gone against the run of play, if not for Curry’s ability to singlehandedly define a game at will. What happens when Clippers center Montrezl Harrell doesn’t have one of the best games of his career, scoring 24 points in his first 23 minutes of action? What happens if LA’s silky two-guard Lou Williams doesn’t have a great offensive game?What happens if DeMarcus Cousins — who played in his first playoff game Saturday — stops forcing things on both sides of the court and lets the game simply flow and his talent shine?What happens when the defensive maestro Draymond Green, whom the Clippers dared to shoot all game, doesn’t need to be the Warriors’ second-best offensive player? (Green shot 58 percent and scored 17 points Saturday.)The likelihood is that the result of such changes will bring a result much worse than Saturday’s outcome. And make no mistake, Saturday’s outcome didn’t look very good.(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)The Warriors have several levels of better basketball yet to play this postseason. The Clippers, on the other hand, do not.And yet it is Golden State with a 1-0 lead in the series.The Clippers entered Saturday’s Game 1 as 100-to-1 to win the series in Las Vegas. If you were to have placed a bet on the Warriors to advance to the second round, you would have needed to bet $50,000 to win $100. That’s if you could find a place to make that bet — according to ESPN, some sports books weren’t even offering the series to bettors, it was so lopsided.But there was a clear reason the Warriors were such prohibitive favorites in the series — in basketball, talent is the ultimate trump card and it was proven, once again, on Saturday. Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Practice makes perfect, and for 82 regular season games, the Warriors practiced apathy against inferior opponents.And for large portions of Saturday’s playoff opener, they showed off their mastery of the craft.Golden State — on the whole — played sloppy, disjointed, uninspired basketball to open their postseason. But, as we have seen so many times over the years, those struggles simply didn’t matter. The Warriors’ talent absolutely overwhelmed the Clippers — the biggest playoff series underdog in the last 30 years of the NBA playoffs.center_img And with each preposterous 3-pointer Curry made (he was 8-for-12 from beyond the arc) and every subsequent and deserved M-V-P chant from the Oracle Arena crowd, you could see a bit more of the Clippers’ spirit break. By the end of the contest, with team leader Patrick Beverley in the locker room after being ejected in the fourth quarter and coach Doc Rivers leaning into officials as they walked off the court, there was little to none remaining.That’s because the Clippers know they missed their shot to turn this series — easily written off as a four-game sweep for the Warriors — on its head. The conditions were perfect — the Clippers threw their best at the Warriors and Golden State lacked incisiveness for most of the contest. And yet, despite that, Los Angeles still came up miles short, thanks to two Curry-led Warriors runs — short bursts of dominance amid a morass of turnovers and mental lapses — in the second and third quarters.Technically speaking, the Clippers are still in good position the best-of-seven-game series, down only one game, but in a showdown this lopsided, it’s hard to see a path back for them after Saturday’s contest.Because if the Warriors won by 17 points Saturday, what happens when the Warriors make schematic adjustments to what the Clippers showed them in Game 1?What happens when Kevin Durant, who scored 23 points on 50 percent shooting Saturday, takes full, ruthless advantage of the nearly one-foot size advantage he has on his main mark, the petulant Beverley, and turns in a hyper-efficient offensive game — the kind we’ve seen so often from him over the last two postseasons?last_img read more

  • Inside the Warriors surviving a close Game 4

    first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — This time, the Warriors did not need to worry about squandering a 31-point lead. Instead, the Warriors needed to worry about other things.A competitive game. Steph Curry’s shooting and fouling issues. The Warriors’ mixed success in matching the Clippers’ intensity. …last_img

  • GALLERY: ONE: Hero’s Ascent press conference

    first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In the promotion’s first bout in the Manila in 2019, ONE Championship spared no expense in making an explosive fight card for Filipino fans.Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio will defend his ONE flyweight belt against his rival Adriano Moraes to concluded their trilogy in the main event of the ONE: Hero’s Ascent.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Two other fighters from Team Lakay, Honorio Banario and Danny Kingad, will also try to extend their winning streaks and make sure their famed Baguio stable ends the month with victories.They all attended the press conference on Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila to hype up the event on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Superseries fighter Fahdi Khaled. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapan’s Tatsumitsu Wada, Danny Kingad’s oponent in the flyweight undercard. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad of Team Lakay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netComebacking Lowen Tynanes of the United States. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdriano Moraes, who is out for Geje Eustaquio’s flyweight belt. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Lakay’s Honorio Banario. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrown Pinas vs Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReinier De Ridder vs Fan Rong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHimanshu Kaushik vs Egi Rozten. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad vs Tatsmisu Wada. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHonorio Banario vs Lowen Tynanes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGeje Eustaquio vs Adriano Moraes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGeje Eustaquio vs Adriano Moraes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • 76ers get 3rd straight win to pull even at no. 3 in East playoff race

    first_img“That’s all it takes,” Butler said. “Rest and good weather. It makes my knees not ache.”And it’s only going to warm up as the postseason draws near, a great sign for 76ers fans.“The snow is gone,” Butler said. “We’re good. We’re ready to rock.”Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each added 19 points and Ben Simmons contributed 18 for the 76ers.Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost its third in a row and seventh in the last nine to further hurt its playoff push. The Kings, who last made the postseason in 2006, entered ninth in the West, five games behind the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT 76ers: At Milwaukee on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t wait,” he said. “It’s a reality check. It’s an opportunity to see where we’re at.”BREWER BACKKings F Corey Brewer received a nice ovation upon his first-half entrance. Brewer memorably helped the 76ers defeat Houston 121-93 on Jan. 21 with some in-your-face defense on Rockets star James Harden before being signed by Sacramento.“It was great,” he said of the reception. “I had a great time when I was here. The fans are amazing, it’s a great city, and great organization.”Brewer finished with eight points.TIP-INSKings: The Kings dropped to 13-21 on the road and 3-8 on the second contest of a back-to-back. . Marvin Bagley III had 15 points in his second game back after missing five due to a knee injury. . The Kings ended a four-game eastern road trip 1-3.76ers: Newly signed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the pregame and sat courtside. . Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak to the Kings, who beat the 76ers 115-108 in Sacramento on Feb. 2 after sweeping both games last season. . Philadelphia improved to 28-9 at home.UP NEXTKings: Host Chicago on Sunday. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Pistons take care of business against LeBron-less Lakers MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, dunks the ball past Sacramento Kings’ Harry Giles III during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — A little rest and a taste of spring did a lot for Jimmy Butler.Butler had 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists while playing with the type of assertiveness coach Brett Brown says the 76ers need from him in Philadelphia’s 123-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid added 21 points and 17 rebounds and made some big plays on both ends of the court late in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who won their third in a row to pull even with idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker with the Pacers and is trying to maintain hold of home court in a first-round playoff series, something Brown said he coveted before the contest. Fifth-seeded Boston is two games behind the 76ers and Pacers.In order to secure home court and go deep in the playoffs, Brown knows he’ll need Butler to play the way he did against the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He was our bell ringer,” Brown said. “We will not be as good as we can be without him playing the way he played tonight.”Butler rested in Philadelphia’s last game, a 106-99 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. And he felt even more refreshed by Friday’s weather in Philly, which reached 75 degrees. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We’re playing hard, we’re playing the right way, we’re playing together,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “The wins are going to come.”And how?“Don’t play Golden State, Oklahoma City, Denver, Philly, Boston . I can go on,” Joerger joked.With Philadelphia clinging to a four-point lead with 3 minutes remaining, Embiid blocked Willie Cauley-Stein’s layup attempt. Two possessions later, Embiid rejected Barnes’ close-range try before hitting a short jumper of his own to make it 121-114 with 1:45 remaining.“At the end of the day, I think Joel Embiid made two defensive plays that were terrific,” Joerger said.The Kings were playing one night after a 126-120 loss at Boston, a game in which they had a 17-point first-half lead.Against Philadelphia, Sacramento played from behind from the outset. Philadelphia increased its 62-58 halftime advantage to as many as 13 in the third quarter on Redick’s 3 that made it 93-80 with 2:13 left in the period.The 76ers had a 10-point advantage to start the fourth, but Yogi Ferrell’s 3 capped a 9-2 Kings run to start the period that pulled Sacramento within 101-98 with 9:25 to play. But Simmons scored consecutive buckets from close range to increase the lead to seven and Sacramento never would get closer than three the rest of the way.BIG TESTBrown is looking forward to Sunday’s showdown at East-leading Milwaukee.last_img read more