I have a complaint! I could write a dozen terrific letters and you wouldn't print even one of them (I know, I've tried)--but the letter from Shelley D. James of Irvine, that you print!? ("TV's Coverage on the Day the Earth Shook," Saturday Letters, Feb. 5.)
So, Shelley, you thought the continuous TV coverage after the earthquake was "ridiculous" and a "tragedy" past the first three hours? Well, excuse all of us up here in quake-ravaged L.A. County, but many, like me, had no power (i.e., TV) in the first three hours after the quake!
When the power came on, the first thing I did was turn on the TV. Like anyone else, I wanted to know all that had occurred; wanted to see it. I wanted news of my many friends who reside in the Valley. Most important, I could watch the newsroom's seismo-cam and have some warning or confirmation of an aftershock.
So, Shelley, you have to understand what a mess things were (are) up here. My apartment looked like a bomb hit it! You didn't get the damage we did. If you had, you could never have written a letter like that.