Spring 2005

‘Commentaries on His Times’

Excerpts from “Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times"
Here are some excerpts from columns that appear in the book, “Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times:”

“A Dissenting Vote on the Endorsement of Pete Wilson,” October 31, 1994

… Unfortunately, my deeply felt belief that [Governor Pete] Wilson does not RELATED ARTICLE
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deserve the Times’s endorsement did not carry the day. Under normal circumstances, I would quietly accept that decision and move on. This time I cannot. Because this is not just another political campaign. And the Wilson endorsement is not … just another endorsement.

… This campaign is unprecedented in the harm it does—permanent damage, I fear—to an ethnic community I care deeply about and a state I love. The reason, of course, is its weapon of choice: the complex and emotional issue of illegal immigration.

In the form of Proposition 187—the mean-spirited and unconstitutional ballot initiative that would deprive “apparent illegal aliens” of public health services and immigrant children of public education—the immigration issue has become the cornerstone of Wilson’s desperate and cynical effort to win a second term.

… That is why the Times’s endorsement of Wilson is not just another endorsement and why I must register my dissent so publicly. I want people out there to know—especially the young Latinos and Asian Americans who will be the leaders of this state in the future and, I hope, readers of this newspaper as well—that not all of us here at the Times feel good about Pete Wilson. Many of us share your anger.


“Frankie’s Journey to Manhood,”
December 21, 2003

… I have dreaded Frankie’s adolescence. But there is no postponing it. My little boy is becoming a young man. He’s going to need more of my time, which is one reason I will write less frequently for this page. He’s also going to need more privacy than I have allowed him. He’ll need it to decide how he prefers to cope with autism.

So the two great gifts I can give Frankie this Christmas, and in years to come, are my presence and his privacy. And he shall have them both.

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