April 2, 2000
My congratulations to Jesse Wigutow for his newfound success ("Pretty Good for a First Job Out of School," by Laura Kaufman, March 5). And my condolences to Robert Flaugher (Letters, March 12), who contends that Wigutow's winning script, if created by a writer in his 40s, would have been flatly refused consideration. A few years ago, fully aware of the odds against success, I abandoned a secure career to pursue my dream of screenwriting. I am 40. In my limited dealings with industry professionals, I have discovered one consistency: They seek compelling stories with strong commercial potential.
February 17, 2005
Re "Rekindling the Dream Can Cure King/Drew," Voices, Feb. 12: The failure at King/Drew Medical Center is an example of what can happen when competence and excellence are not the primary considerations in personnel and management decisions. When people's lives are at stake, there should be no other consideration. Robert J. Campbell Salem, N.H.
November 24, 1990
I hope I'm not the first to advocate fairness in our consideration of James Worthy. A man's own conscience is generally sufficient judge, jury and sentence in a publicized occurrence of this kind. This particular event could have been handled privately and not subjected to the public domain were it not for the media's thirst for denigrating trivia. SAM HAVER, Burbank
December 22, 2000
The psychologists who say that teasing is mostly benign ("Hey, Poo-Poo Head, Let's Be Friends: Childhood Teasing Needn't Be Traumatic," Dec. 6) presumably must believe similarly that rape is often well-intentioned. The "teasing" relationship is very like the sexual one: As long as it's mutually consensual, there's no problem; if one person is doing it to another against that other person's will, it's psychological and emotional rape. Not surprisingly, teasers who say "Lighten up! I was only teasing!"
September 10, 1989
Your series of articles on the long-term effects of World War II was extraordinarily well-done. The articles were excellently written, with accuracy and detail impressive to one who lived in Los Angeles during that emotional, terrible, exciting era, and remembers it all like yesterday. Is it possible that The Times might give consideration to reprinting it in booklet format? There must be many other people who, like me, would like to have it as a permanent part of a library, something difficult to accomplish with newsprint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1996
If you think that the hotels, restaurants, parks, and other public facilities located in Orange County accommodate everyone, think again. It has been a great concern to me, knowing that those with disabilities have not totally been taken into consideration. Even though it may seem as though local stores have parking spaces for the handicapped, as well as a few ramps on the sidewalks, there are other accommodations that are often not provided for the disabled. Recently at a local supermarket, I witnessed an individual in a wheelchair unable to reach the numbers on the public telephone.
August 30, 2012 |
The most compelling assertion in Daniel Mendelsohn's lengthy consideration of criticism on the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog this week is the very first one: “I didn't dream of being a novelist or a poet,” he tells us. “I wanted to be a critic.” It's not that I feel the same way, exactly - for me, criticism is, as it has always been, an important component of my writing life but hardly the only one - and yet with that simple admission, Mendelsohn...
August 11, 2008 |
Retired Huntington Beach firefighter Robert LaFever, 61, and his wife, Gaye, 57, a retired dental hygienist, wanted to stay fit with daily swimming and water running, but didn't like the heavily chlorinated water at the gym and didn't have the budget and backyard space for their own full-size pool. The solution? Last year they got a swim spa -- essentially an elongated hot tub with a current emanating from one end.
April 25, 2008 |
When a 15-year-old girl flashes a hint of her green bra in a playfully naughty photo on the Internet, hardly anyone -- aside from perhaps her parents -- blinks. But when the teen is Miley Cyrus, the face of the billion-dollar "Hannah Montana" Disney Channel franchise, everyone stares. The provocative images risk tainting the squeaky-clean image that's made her a hero for young girls. Disney Channel has emerged as a powerful creative engine for the Walt Disney Co.