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December 20, 1990
I was very upset with the commentary by Roberto Rodriguez (Oct. 11, in which he recalled that Mexican-Americans had held him and other Mexicans in contempt). I have never made fun of any Mexican national or any Latino and I have never denied my Mexican heritage. I have worked in the medical field for 20 years, and have assisted people from Mexico in many ways. I feel insulted when I read an article that puts down Mexican-Americans. VIRGINIA A. TREJO Whittier
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NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated
LAS VEGAS - With a flash of comedic timing, Hillary Clinton dodged the first controversy of her not-yet-declared 2016 presidential run after a heckler threw a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at the former first lady and secretary of State during a speech here. Shortly after Clinton began a keynote speech Thursday night at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convention, a woman walked down the aisle and threw the items. She then turned around, put her hands in the air and walked away as security officers took her into custody.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Time Television Critic
Simon Schama, the British historian and television personality and name-in-the-title host of "Simon Schama's History of Britain," "Simon Schama's Power of Art," "Simon Schama's Shakespeare" and "Simon Schama's Obama's America," is back with "Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews. " Premiering Tuesday on PBS, it attempts to distill 3,000 years of Jewish history into five hours of TV and does a fine, if necessarily incomplete, job of it. Like many British documentaries - the series originally aired in September on the BBC - "The Story of the Jews" comes with a personal touch.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason's evident dismay over New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy's audacious decision to take a few days off early in the season to spend time with his wife and newborn child is yet more proof that pro sports today is as much about eye-rolling "color" commentary as it is the brief spurts of athleticism on the field. Baseball games are only a few hours long, leaving hours upon hours of airtime available for paid talkers to produce cringe-worthy commentary.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Commentator Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack Monday during a live broadcast of WWE's "Monday Night Raw" in Montreal. The 62-year-old Lawler, nicknamed "The King," was stricken as he and announcing partner Michael Cole were providing commentary during a tag-team match featuring Kane and Daniel Bryan versus The Prime Time Players. Midway through the match, the commentary suddenly stopped and snoring sounds could be heard. In the background of one TV shot, Lawler could be briefly glimpsed slumping over in his chair as several people in the stands turn their attention to the announcers' table.
OPINION
June 4, 2000
Re "Israel Needs Realism to Find Its Way in an Arab World," Commentary, May 31: Edward Said conveniently ignores Israel's realities. Said curiously makes no mention of Syria's brutal occupation of Lebanon. And he speaks as if Israel has no right to self-defense. And if Israel's supporters "have a stranglehold on U.S. media" as he states, how could his arrogant and offensive commentary have been published? RICHARD DORENSTREICH Aliso Viejo
SPORTS
June 8, 1985
I think Jim Murray's article about Al Campanis is a priceless commentary, worthy of my all-time great--Westbrook Pegler. RAY GLORE Van Nuys
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1989
Social commentary and political controversy I can get from the 11 o'clock news. L. BEETY Irvine
OPINION
September 27, 2003
Re "Nothing Seems to Matter," Commentary, Sept. 22: What is the matter with James Elkins? Couldn't he find something to write about other than nothing? Maybe it's a "big fat zero" as a topic for a commentary. David Ando Rancho Palos Verdes
OPINION
August 10, 1997
Re "Why the Next Mayor Will Be Jewish," Commentary, Aug. 4: Why can't the next mayor just be "American"? CAROL KEELER Sylmar
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Time Television Critic
Simon Schama, the British historian and television personality and name-in-the-title host of "Simon Schama's History of Britain," "Simon Schama's Power of Art," "Simon Schama's Shakespeare" and "Simon Schama's Obama's America," is back with "Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews. " Premiering Tuesday on PBS, it attempts to distill 3,000 years of Jewish history into five hours of TV and does a fine, if necessarily incomplete, job of it. Like many British documentaries - the series originally aired in September on the BBC - "The Story of the Jews" comes with a personal touch.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Scott Sandell
Will it be "American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave" or "Gravity" -- or perhaps an underdog from the nine-film field -- for best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday? And will Ellen DeGeneres and a more c lassic telecast erase memories of the awkward spectacles of years past? Join L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan and L.A. Times columnist Robin Abcarian on latimes.com on Sunday for commentary and analysis as you watch the show, which starts at 5:30 p.m. PST on ABC. Turan and Abcarian will weigh in during the commercial breaks and give you the back story on the winners and other news as it unfolds.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By David Whitley
ESPN bills itself as the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Based on that, women's basketball is bigger worldwide than the Winter Olympics. Nothing against the Connecticut Huskies, but do they really warrant more airtime than Bode Miller, the U.S. women's hockey team, 3,000 Olympians from 88 countries and Bob Costas' valiant battle with pinkeye? If a Martian just landed anywhere in America that has cable, it would sure think so. Then it would fly to Sochi to have dinner with Jeremy Schaap, who must be feeling pretty lonely.
OPINION
October 15, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers during his halftime tirade of Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. "It is an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent," Costas continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
History took a giant step forward in June with the Supreme Court's watershed rulings on marriage equality, and naturally it will take artists, even those notoriously quick-off-the-mark filmmakers, a bit of time to transform such momentous news into meditative reflection. But at this year's Outfest Los Angeles, the 31st annual LGBT Film Festival that concludes its 11-day run Sunday, there was one film that piercingly conveyed the imperative of this civil-rights breakthrough: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's "Bridegroom," a work that puts front and center its concern for the "personhood and dignity" of gay and lesbian couples, to borrow the ringing language of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's federal Defense of Marriage Act decision.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
The setting of Benjamin Percy's "Red Moon" - an alternative universe in which humans and lycans coexist - may seem unhappily familiar to anyone familiar with the words "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob. " Readers will also encounter teen angst, thuggery, interspecies love, domestic terrorism, torture and, upon occasion, tenderness and yearning. The movie rights have been sold and the novel's conclusion can signal only one thing: sequel. But banish all thoughts of "Twilight" - Percy has something far more ambitious in mind: an intelligent, topical thriller that also serves as a social commentary on the culture at large.
OPINION
May 22, 2002
Re "Bush and Putin Must Confront Nuclear Terror," Commentary, May 20: The recommendations by professors Graham Allison and Andrei Kokoshin may very well be the most important commentary ever published in The Times. All Americans must hope and demand that our leadership recognizes the overriding importance of securing the American and Russian nuclear stockpiles. God help us all if we don't. Lewis K. Waldman La Jolla
OPINION
December 17, 2001
There he goes again (Michael Ramirez's cartoon, Commentary, Dec. 13). The Times' official radical-right cartoonist reasserts his partisanship in the depiction of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) asking someone on the phone to relay his thanks to Bin Laden that he can spend money. The low insult to Daschle and the dishonesty of the characterization of his providing for unemployed workers while ignoring Republican attempts to make mammoth giveaways to multinational corporations is appalling.
OPINION
May 9, 2013 | By Chuck Freilich
Outrage. That's what we should feel over the Syrian government's slaughter of more than 70,000 of its own people and its use of chemical weapons. And outrage is what we should feel over the international community's total impotence. Despite nearly irrefutable intelligence regarding Syrian use of chemical weapons, which the Obama administration acknowledges, the White House persists in setting a burden of proof that is impossible to achieve in practical terms and is designed to allow the U.S. to avoid military involvement in Syria almost at all costs.
OPINION
May 1, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Barack Obama really, really does not want to get tangled up in Syria. For almost a year, Obama's secretaries of State - first Hillary Rodham Clinton, now John Kerry - have pressed the president for more aid to the insurgents who are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama and his White House aides have resisted, fearing a slippery slope that would lead inexorably to U.S. military intervention and the kind of messy Middle Eastern war he campaigned against in 2008.
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