December 13, 2009 |
This isolated Sumatran village, where monkeys frolic in the jungle canopy and residents take easy evening swims in the mud-colored Kampar River, is the unlikely center of a tense international battle of wills. Logging lobbyists, environmental activists and even foreign diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, have visited in recent months. Job fairs, door-to-door visits and community meetings have become a constant. It's a little like the New Hampshire presidential primary season, in an equatorial climate.
February 3, 2008 |
In the gloomy shade deep in Africa's rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw. It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe. From Brazil to central Africa to once-lush islands in Asia's archipelagoes, human encroachment is shrinking the world's rain forests. The alarm was sounded decades ago by environmentalists, but was mostly unheeded. The picture, meanwhile, has changed: Africa is now a leader in deforestation.
March 15, 2006
Re "A climate change of heart," Opinion, March 14 Man-made global warming is a myth. It is only man's vanity that makes us believe that we can alter the Earth's climate. Natural forces (volcanoes, oceans, plants, animals) dwarf anything we do. When Mt. Pinatubo blew up in 1991, it spewed more chemicals and gases into the atmosphere than we ever will. Weather is always changing and unusual. The Earth has had many periods of warming and cooling. The sky is not falling. CHRIS KNOX Torrance
September 30, 2001
Being one of the simple folk, I am hanging on to my stocks, including Disney ["Bass Family Parts With Disney Stock," Sept. 21]. I don't want to add to the climate of economic fear that threatens all Americans. The Bass family has no such concerns for America. Maitland B. Alexander Thousand Oaks
April 26, 1992
The article neglected to mention an abuse the present workers' comp anti-fraud climate is fueling in Southern California. Unscrupulous employers feel empowered to threaten employees to retract their claims for legitimate on-the-job injuries. Employees who do not obey these demands may find themselves victimized by their employer. JANE NORLANDER Glendale
May 7, 1995
Michael Eisner's remarks on the EuroDisney fiasco are disingenuous and tell us more about him than about the Europeans he is so quick to criticize ("The Ultimate Team Disney?" by Kathryn Harris, March 26). If, as Eisner implies, he was surprised to find that the Europeans "didn't know what a park was," then where was his market research? Establishing the park in France, the most chauvinist country, and in that typical Northern European climate has to be considered a "big mistake," regardless of the spin Eisner chooses to put on it. That he didn't walk away from the project can simply be put down to ego. A. C. Wyett Newport Beach of the food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1991
I am so tired of hearing about all these people, black and white, who have survived all these years. What about the divorce rate, the familial climate with the grandparents, strained relationship with sisters, brothers, co-workers? Everyone from Time to Essence has covered the positive side associated with these people. Show the ones without Ph.D. and MD behind their names. ALEXIS J. ELDER Los Angeles
January 4, 2007
Re "He's a Lon Chaney for Today," Dec. 28: Undoubtedly, suit performers and character artists are completely unheralded in today's celebrity-drenched climate. Like makeup artists and effects technicians, too often, these craftspeople remain tidily behind the scenes. Susan King's stories always give a voice to quieter talents. It's a refreshing break for those of us who are truly interested in the craft of cinema at every level. SCOTT ESSMAN Glendora