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December 5, 2004 | DINAH ENG
When Anne Wells was 10, her father took her to a Dodgers game and bought her a Dodgers bobblehead. The doll, about 6 inches tall, had a sweet smile and a head that never stopped moving. "I was so excited," says Wells, a bankruptcy attorney. "I named him Cappy, because of his baseball cap." Wells doesn't remember what happened to Cappy, but the Sherman Oaks resident has collected more than 400 bobbleheads in the last 10 years or so.
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December 5, 2004 | DINAH ENG
When Anne Wells was 10, her father took her to a Dodgers game and bought her a Dodgers bobblehead. The doll, about 6 inches tall, had a sweet smile and a head that never stopped moving. "I was so excited," says Wells, a bankruptcy attorney. "I named him Cappy, because of his baseball cap." Wells doesn't remember what happened to Cappy, but the Sherman Oaks resident has collected more than 400 bobbleheads in the last 10 years or so.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1991
Thank you for your daily graphic Gulf War articles. I laminate them and put them on a table in our library for our students to peruse. With your help I am able to provide up-to-the-minute material that my library books don't contain. JoANNE WELLS, School Librarian, Sequoia Junior High School, Fontana
SPORTS
March 5, 1988
OK, so ABC gave us the Olympics on tape. I could play that game, too, by taping their live/tape and replaying it minus the endless commercials. What's another hour or two. JoANNE WELLS Fontana
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1999
Re "Africanized Bees Are Officially Established," April 10: Frankly, I'm rooting for the bees. For centuries, we have been stealing the food laboriously made by bees for their offspring, just so we could have something sweet for tea or toast. How many honey bees have remained stunted pupae, due to our selfishness? They are finally fighting back. If you think this is bad, wait until cows get "Africanized!" LISALEE ANNE WELLS Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1997
The comment from Karen Lindell (letter, Sept. 9), questioning "whether it is natural for anyone--female or male--to throw grenades, endure combat or kill another human being" cries out for response. The reason that I, my husband, my brother, my father and my nephew chose careers in the United States armed forces was to permit the Lindells of this country to imagine an alternative universe where no one rapes, invades or pillages. I suspect that if her address were Sarajevo instead of Sierra Madre, Lindell might be writing in for the recipe for a Molotov cocktail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2001
Throughout "Custody Dispute Over Thai Boy, 4, Is Riddled With Cultural Tensions" (Aug. 26), I kept looking for the facts about the human smuggling incident that would implicate the felonious grandmother. They do not exist. Instead, the article conveys the impression that Americans are entitled to seize and hold minor dependents of foreign nationals whenever our government determines that our health care system would provide more or better medical services than they could get at home. Parents, and even grandparents--whether they farm mushrooms or have prison records--surely do not lose their status as guardians of right simply because they come from a nonindustrial nation.
SPORTS
July 14, 2001
By all means, let us reward the People's Republic of China for its tolerance and human-rights record by participating in a Beijing Olympics in 2008. Let us pretend that the most recent offense of the PRC against the innocent was at Tiananmen Square in 1989, when in fact recent years have been rife with reports of persecution of religious Chinese nationals, baseless imprisonment of naturalized American visitors--and even journalists, on Clinton's last visit--to say nothing of their violations of international law in the capture of a Navy P-3 and its crew last spring.
OPINION
June 2, 2002
Re "Taco Bell Heir Serves Up More Convenient, Easier Way to Vote," May 27: In the context of the last election cycle, when some polling places went unattended, others had staff but no paperwork and the typical staffer was a distracted part-timer, not a regular county official, the notion that voter registration should be added to election day duties is laughable. There is no way to test, in advance, how many "sudden impulse" voters this new option might add to the ranks of those who care, but you can estimate how many millions it will cost to make this into law. If Rob McKay really wants to help the election process, perhaps he could use the $10 million or more that he may spend on this initiative for voter education or even voting equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001
In his May 5 essay, "Bravely Staring Into the Sun," Christopher Nyerges highlights his own idyllic existence, taking extra time to let his lunch cook slowly in his solar oven, listening to his solar radio and contemplating turning the (solar) clock back to AD 1200. Sadly, not everyone has a job teaching refugees from the business world how to live off scorpion juice in the wilderness for a weekend. Since I personally have to travel 26 miles to work, use a computer and fax machine and cook dinner by moonlight, I'm stuck in 2001.
OPINION
May 15, 2003
"Outside PR Consultant Reaps Millions From City" (May 9), about the public relations fees paid by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, was silent as to the reason these fees were incurred in the first place. The DWP is a public agency and has a captive clientele for its water and power services. We have received our water and power from this agency for 26 years, and it has never been suggested that there is an alternate source for these services. Why, then, would it require the services of a PR firm?
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