August 4, 2012 |
It's too late to lose that unwanted weight for summer. But if you start now - and aim to shed a modest 2 pounds a week - you could drop as much as 40 pounds in time to ring in 2013. The hardest part, however, might be choosing a new diet. This season's crop of cookbooks includes a whiplash-inducing array of advice. For every book urging you on to eat: More carbs! More protein! More fat! there's another seemingly well-reasoned argument to do the opposite. As if this isn't confusing enough, there's a new bogeyman on the diet scene: gluten.
August 1, 2012
Re "Deficit debate driven by the wealthy," Column, July 29 Your readers are entitled to better than Michael Hiltzik's column on deficit reduction, which substitutes invective for rational discussion. The Simpson-Bowles plan may not be the best possible for deficit reduction, but to dismiss it out of hand is absurd. The plan was considered by a bipartisan committee of 18 members chosen by the president and Congress. It was approved by 11 of the 18 members of the commission.
August 1, 2012
Re "Romney trip takes another detour," July 31 I, a registered Democrat for more than 40 years, felt a great sense of pride reading the comments Mitt Romney made in Jerusalem. His statements on culture being responsible for the economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians were correct. How technologically advanced were the Palestinians prior to 1967? History proves that education and human welfare have always been a priority for Jews. My hat is off to Romney for having the courage to tell it like it is. I also give him credit for visiting only with the leaders of democracies.
August 1, 2012
Re "Targeted lesson," July 29 The Marine Corps' efforts to afford educators "a more nuanced view of the military" are commendable. Anyone who has an important role in forming the future leaders of our nation has a duty to present balanced perspectives on the vocational options best suiting their charges. The finest take-away from a stint at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for educators would be a deeper appreciation that it is the civilian arm of our government that actually wields the military lever of national power.
August 1, 2012
Re "Dirty but essential," Opinion, July 27 Robert Bryce begins his Op-Ed article on coal at Peabody Energy's huge North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Is that really the best place to get an idea as to how "essential" coal is to our future? I would point Bryce to a Georgia Power Co.plant featured in a July 14 National Public Radio report. The plant manager explained all the reasons why his plant converted from coal to natural gas - part of a wave of conversions that accounts for the two fuels each being responsible for about one-third of the nation's electricity production.
August 1, 2012
Re "Streets paved with frustration," July 29 William Fleischman's comment that he and his fellow Holmby Hills residents pay "millions of dollars to Los Angeles in property taxes, and we're getting back thousands of dollars in services" must be in jest. Perhaps he forgot about the police, fire, justice, permitting, planning, parks, recreation, street lighting and multiple other services the city of Los Angeles provides. Our infrastructure, at all governmental levels, is in disrepair, as we have been falsely led to believe we don't have to pay for it. What we do pay is not adequate for the level of infrastructure Fleischman demands.
August 1, 2012 |
The Cal State San Bernardino campus, where UCLA will hold a two-week football training camp starting Saturday, sits near historic Route 66, where some of the motels are relics from an age that predates the interstates, the Internet and the insanity of the Bowl Championship Series. Jim Mora, UCLA's first-year coach, has devised a 1950s-style black-and-white camp to match, saying, "It's going to be hard. It's going to be tough. Yeah, it's going to be hot. Yeah, we're going to push them.
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July 28, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - The bellowing from the drill instructors began as soon as the newcomers arrived. "GET OFF THE BUS!" barked one D.I. It's a ritual reenacted countless times since 1923, when young men first began coming to boot camp to see if they were tough enough to be Marines. But last week's group was not composed of frightened young recruits. Instead they were high school teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from school districts in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas.
July 22, 2012 |
Now you can make a reservation to get your workout on while traveling. Name: GoRecess.com What it does: The website allows you to book exercise classes, including yoga, cardio, boot camp, prenatal and postnatal, martial arts and more. Cost: Free, but prices for classes vary. What's hot: Dear concierge, you need to know about this website for your hotel clients. For the rest of you: Forget about the massive hunt through online studio schedules to find a fitness class to fit your schedule while on a business trip or vacation - now you can book exercise classes on GoRecess.
June 26, 2012 |
On Monday, "America's Got Talent" finally headed to Las Vegas for "boot camp" - perhaps so named because a whole lot of contestants will be getting the boot. By week's end, the more than 100 remaining acts will be trimmed back to a mere 48. Shortly after the throngs of hopefuls had gathered from parts afar - at least one apparently traveling by plane for the very first time -- the judges appeared on a balcony high above them to announce that, after reviewing the auditions, they had divided the acts into groups.