March 21, 2009
"Manny being Manny," Blames "age" for his hammy; While Scott Boras moved on, The McCourts' millions are gone, And Mr. "I'm Back" sits on his fanny. Dan Anzel Los Angeles :: Manny this, Manny that, Manny in a rare at-bat. Enough already! Don't Times sportswriters have more pertinent stories to pursue? Perhaps save your coverage of Manny for when he completely breaks down or implodes, either of which is likely to occur. Alan J. Perry Thousand Oaks :: An astonishing thing happened to me today.
February 11, 2009
Re "Lawmakers live well on donor cash," Feb. 9 Excellent article exposing the donation-supported activities of several of our state legislators. I wonder if state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) truly believes that "no tax dollars are attached to the expenses"? How much of his and his wife's junket money was charged to corporate expenses and therefore an offset against corporate taxes? And did he pay federal taxes on the non-business benefit derived from these extravagances? Furthermore, if these conferences only consume a half-day each day, did the legislators only take a half-day's pay each day?
February 7, 2009
Congratulations to Michael Phelps for winning yet another gold medal, not for Olympic swimming but for stupidity. Amid the sea of athletes caught with guns, performance-enhancing drugs, or being involved in other inappropriate behavior, Phelps was a breath of fresh air, excelling on his own merits after learning his own hard lesson concerning a DUI in 2004. He needs to remember that in the public eye of parties, there is always a camera . . . somewhere. Just ask Matt Leinart. Misty Skistad Burnsville, Minn.
December 19, 2008
Re "Madoff losses go deep in L.A.," Dec. 16 It is shameful that a man would cause such harm to fellow humans. It is amazing how people's greed prevented them from asking how one individual could beat the market time after time -- even during economic conditions not seen since the Depression. When I learned the Ten Commandments, it was stated very simply: "Thou shalt not steal." Now, in Hollywoodland, we're even editing God's law. Real estate financier Richard Ziman says of investment advisor Bernard L. Madoff, "There is no greater shanda (disgrace)
November 23, 2008
Re "Wrangling over psychiatry's bible," Opinion, Nov. 16 Christopher Lane's Op-Ed article alleges a lack of transparency in the development of the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. The DSM is recognized worldwide as the source of definitive criteria for mental illnesses. The process for the development of the fifth edition of the DSM began in 1999 and will conclude with publication in 2012. Hundreds of international experts, vetted for conflicts of interest, are involved in researching the scientific literature, discussing all options, assuring that attention is paid to gender, ethnicity, age and other factors and, eventually, testing hypotheses in the field.
November 1, 2008
Re "The end of the road for U.S. carmakers?" Oct. 28 Yes, there are pundits out there who are amazingly blase about the possible demise of the American automobile industry. But think for a minute. There would be an incredible loss of jobs at GM, Chrysler, Ford and many subsidiary industries -- a loss that would affect friends, neighbors, relatives and the nation's economic base. What does the potential loss of the industry say about us as a nation? It says: We are incompetent business managers; we have lost our manufacturing know-how; we are losing our engineering capabilities; we are no longer innovative or creative; we are no longer a "can do" nation; we can no longer compete.
September 13, 2008
I have become impressed with both Andre Ethier's character as a teammate and his potential for learning the lessons of others. Asked about the reason for his recent success at the plate, Ethier could say what veteran leader Jeff Kent could not after his own hot streak: "Two words, Manny Ramirez." As a future Hall of Famer, Jeff is a quick study, but apparently not in terms of modesty or giving credit to teammates, even other future Hall of Famers. In defense of Kent, though, he did have to play all those years with Barry Bonds; not much to learn there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2008 |
A fast-moving brush fire fueled by winds consumed at least 75 acres near Calabasas and Agoura Hills before it was contained before sundown Tuesday, authorities said. Flames threatened homes on Liberty Canyon and Mountain Shadows roads as well as on Canwood Street on Tuesday afternoon, but no structures were destroyed and no one was injured, fire officials said. "There are some areas where we're seeing some active flame, but it's mostly smoke," said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Harrelson, adding that firefighters were aided by low winds and temperatures in the 80s. Voluntary evacuations were recommended, and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies patrolled the streets to alert residents.