February 19, 2005
Do I miss Phil and Shaq? Of course. Phil has won nine championships. How many did Kobe win before Phil arrived? Shaq may not be the same player he was three years ago, but if you haven't noticed, his team has 14 more wins than Kobe's Lakers. Kobe is dreaming if he thinks Larry Brown will coach the Lakers. Larry left Philadelphia to get away from Allen Iverson. Why would he come to Los Angeles to coach another player who isn't coachable? Patrick Duff Aliso Viejo As Kobe Bryant celebrates his 40-point performance in beating the lowly and injured Utah Jazz, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming ride into the All-Star weekend on an eight-game win streak and firmly entrenched in sixth place for the playoffs.
February 6, 2005
Your cover story "The Incredible Journey" (by Robert Salladay, Jan. 23) initially appealed to me because I occasionally want to run away from it all. However, by the end of the story I felt sick. What a coward Franz Wisner appears to be. I was raised on food stamps and welfare with four sisters and a single mother who commuted 50 miles each way to earn her English degree and teaching credential. She did not quit. She got us off of welfare. I put myself through college and overcame labels such as "hyper" and "retard" and the demon of alcohol.
February 5, 2005
The following decisions have converted the Lakers from perennial champions to future lottery pick: 1) Letting Jerry West leave. 2) Hiring Mitch Kupchak, who signed Devean George to an extension. 3) Choosing Kobe over Shaq and Phil Jackson. 4) Hiring a coach with health problems after everyone else turned down the job. 5) Not recognizing that no one wanted to coach the Lakers due to decisions 1 through 3. Patrick Duff Aliso Viejo What took Rudy T. so long?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2005 |
A domestic disturbance may have fueled the anger of an Aliso Viejo man who police say deliberately plowed his sport-utility vehicle into a parked vehicle on Monday, killing a woman walking to her car. George William Carter II, 34, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after he pinned the woman with his Ford Expedition against a Mercedes SUV in his apartment building's parking structure, authorities said. Elizabeth Leon Noverola, 37, of Aliso Viejo was pronounced dead at the scene.
January 20, 2005
Re " 'Open Space' Doesn't Always Mean Forever," Jan. 17: I remember 10 years ago being in a carwash lobby, waiting for my car, and seeing a photo of south Orange County taken almost 50 years ago. The amount of available land has been constantly shrinking and, with Montage resort setting its sights on the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park for yet another golf course, one wonders when enough is enough? The county owes it to the citizens, and the citizens owe it to the environment, to leave this (and other parks)
January 8, 2005
Now Kobe has a problem with Michael Cooper. I think I know how Kobe injured his foot. He keeps inserting it into his mouth. Patrick Duff Aliso Viejo In regard to Kobe Bryant: How's that solo career working out, Mr. Garfunkel? Greg Poirier Santa Monica
December 25, 2004
Kobe, from your interview with Mike Bresnahan (Dec. 23), I'm glad to hear you will pass to your teammates if you are double-teamed. Let us recap your contributions from the Dec. 17 overtime game against Washington. Five-minute overtime begins: 4:34 Bryant shot blocked. 3:55 Bryant misses layup. 2:30 Bryant misses six-footer. 2:05 Bryant makes 27-footer. 1:22 Bryant misses 26-footer. 0:38 Bryant misses layup. 0:33 Bryant makes two free throws. 0:08 Bryant makes 26-footer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2004 |
Nine months after Aliso Viejo officials tentatively accepted an offer from a church-connected charity to build a $15-million recreation center on leased city land, the proposal has stalled. Attorneys for the Lake Forest foundation behind the offer are investigating how to protect the charity from litigation relating to the separation of church and state, and the process has halted the project for now.
December 3, 2004 |
Parker Properties will develop two speculative office buildings and a hotel all valued at $110 million in Aliso Viejo, the developer said. The south Orange County builder plans to start work in the spring on two four-story office buildings with a combined total of 260,000 square feet. No tenants have yet been signed for the offices at 20 and 30 Enterprise in the Summit Office Campus.
November 23, 2004
Regarding "Dust-Up in Baja" [Nov. 16], on the Baja 500: The article makes off-roaders out to be a bunch of Earth-hating environment destroyers. The truth is the majority of off-roaders are much more respectful of the environment than the talentless clowns that write about them. Jeff Polley Lake Arrowhead You attack a group you know nothing about. I invite you to come out and watch a race, meet up with some teams and talk with them. They don't do it for the money; a lot of these teams do it for the camaraderie.