November 16, 2012
Re “ 2 cities' plans to tax sugary drinks fizzle ,” Nov. 8 Voters in El Monte and Richmond saw the bigger picture on election day. Those cities have fantastic (and, in many cases, free) nutrition education programs available. In my experience as a registered dietitian, it is these efforts that can eventually curb our obesity problem. Carol Sloan Long Beach More letters to the editor ...
September 24, 2012 |
Randall Emmett has produced 70 movies - more than super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, more than Paramount Pictures in the last five years, more than he can even remember. Many were low-budget schlock. Some went straight to the DVD shelves. But Emmett has never stopped hustling, calling and yelling at whomever he needs to in order to get that next project made. "He's the Tasmanian devil," says Emmett's longtime producing partner, George Furla. Now Emmett is moving into the big leagues.
September 8, 2012
Re "Do Hollywood tax credits really help the economy?," Sept. 6 The Times' article expressing skepticism over the effectiveness of tax credits for filming in California avoids mentioning New York. That state's astronomical handout to the film business amounts to more than $400 million a year (compared to the proposed $100 million a year for California through 2018). The success of New York's aggressive program can be measured by several indicators: a tenfold leap in production over as many years; a strengthening of the film talent base; an already booming tourist business that can now boast a "Hollywood on the Hudson" component; a business community well aware that film crews on the streets and on sound stages mean better business for everybody; and a population excited to have yet one more glamorous feather in its cap. The Times notes that other states have not seen this kind of return on their investment.
April 15, 2012 |
Homer Osterhoudt was born and raised in Cooperstown, N.Y., site of the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1939. Every summer, when the immortals of the diamond visited for the annual induction ceremony, the longtime mail carrier was waiting on Main Street, camera at the ready. His photographs capture shards of hardball splendor: a dapper Babe Ruth giving his induction speech, Dizzy Dean warming up on the sidelines. "You read about these big-time players in the newspapers," Osterhoudt said, "and here I am taking photographs of them.
February 12, 2012 |
He may have traded Southern California warmth for the gun-metal skies and windy damp of his native England, but this is surely David Hockney's moment in the sun. His compatriots are busy hailing him as undoubtedly Britain's greatest living painter now that his friend Lucian Freud has died. Queen Elizabeth II just appointed him to the Order of Merit, an honor restricted to 24 Britons at any one time for their contributions to the arts and sciences. In the pages of the Guardian — the left-wing paper to which Hockney regularly dashes off harrumphing letters to the editor — a fashion writer felt moved to confess that the artist, a "brilliantly intentional nerd," was "my all-time style hero.
December 1, 2011
When it comes to school lunches, federal officials apparently can't see the pizza for the tomato paste. A congressional vote that slightly affected the nutritional content of federally subsidized lunches has prompted cries of outrage because it blocked two proposals by the Obama administration. The whole brouhaha led to silly accusations that the federal government will now count pizza as a vegetable. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of a laudable effort to boost the nutritional quality of school lunches served free or at reduced cost to 31 million children, sought to limit the times children were served potatoes to two per week, and to define a serving of tomato paste as a half-cup.