Re "Mandela set a powerful example for the world" (Editorials, Dec. 6): Nelson Mandela certainly helped end racial bias in South Africa. But the government there has always been an authoritarian regime. South Africa is ranked as only "partly free" by Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom worldwide, according to its website. South Africa's constitution, in Section 36, even gives the government the general power to limit most any right granted to its citizens. Let's all hope South Africa will throw off more reigns of oppression on its people and be truly free.
-- Carl Olson, Woodland Hills