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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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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
December 3, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov. Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius advised people to use it at off-peak hours. But that simply means peak hours will be moved to after midnight. After all, you don't alleviate crowding if you tell everyone to try a different door.
OPINION
November 27, 2013 | By Arthur J. Magida
The New York I lived in as a kid was a village of four or five blocks. I could wander anywhere my curiosity took me, safe and secure and knowing I'd still find my way home. I could go around the corner to the barber shop and get a trim for a quarter. I could walk a block farther to Moisha's butcher shop, where I'd purchase that night's meal with money my mother had given me, then carry it home, proud and possessive. And when I was 5 years old, I went to the neighborhood movie theater, the Surrey, for the first time by myself.
OPINION
November 6, 2013 | By Bruce Ackerman
President Obama is slowly extricating the U.S. from its Bush-era fixation on the Middle East. But he is turning his attention in the wrong direction. Europe, not Asia, should be his main focus. The future of liberal democracy will depend on its ongoing success in its Enlightenment heartland. If it can overcome current troubles and thrive in Europe and the Americas, this will inspire the worldwide democracy movement over the long run. If it fails in the West, no amount of Asian realpolitik will compensate for the collapse.
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
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.
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.
OPINION
August 25, 2013 | Peggy Ochoa
Sandberg tells women, "Lean in," But her message is seemingly thin To women who've tried, And whose stories collide With Filner's political spin. The author is a lecturer in English at Cal State Fullerton. Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers  
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