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October 4, 2008
Re "L.A. housing plan to be unveiled," Sept. 28 Given today's economic climate, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's vision to expand the availability of homes that are affordable to all Angelenos is all the more crucial. More than ever, we need affordable homes. This is no longer just an issue about the homeless but about all of us, who may find ourselves in harder times with reduced choices. We need to ensure that everyone has access to a home so that those teetering on the brink don't slip off and swell the largest homeless population in the U.S. We will not be able to grow our economy or become a world-class city if workers don't have a place to live and those facing hard times end up on the streets.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
More than a year after it approved a report critical of the CIA's interrogation and detention policies, the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to make a portion of the document public. It's now up to President Obama to ensure that the agency doesn't mount a rear-guard attempt to censor or sanitize the committee's findings in the name of national security. Thanks to news reports and a report by the CIA's inspector general, Americans long have been aware of both the broad outlines and some abhorrent details of the Bush administration's mistreatment of suspected terrorists after 9/11.
April 18, 1989
Liverpool and Arsenal agreed to postpone their crucial English League soccer game next Sunday out of respect for the 94 Liverpool fans who died over the weekend in the nation's worst sports disaster.
March 29, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Arizona got the last look, but Wisconsin definitely won the last gasp. In a West Regional title game that will go down as a real Saturday night special, Wisconsin overcame all sorts of setbacks, including a last-second replay review, to defeat Arizona in overtime. The final score was 64-63 before a crowd of 17,814 at Honda Center. The final seconds will be cherished but, thankfully, not further reviewed. Wisconsin (30-7) advances to next week's Final Four in Texas, the Badgers' first visit to basketball's last weekend since 2000.
September 6, 1999
Concerning "Postponing Kindergarten Spurs Debate," Aug. 30: The debate has been raging since I began teaching kindergarten in 1972 and before that. There is no one answer, as each child is unique and comes to kindergarten with different experiences and degrees of readiness, regardless of age. At some point age does become a critical factor, as one looks beyond the kindergarten years. Feeling out of step with one's peers in the teen years can be very uncomfortable. Changing the cutoff date to September can certainly not hurt and may help many children whose parents consider kindergarten a baby-sitting function rather than the critical building block that it is intended to be. The key, however, is for the incoming school to involve parents in the decision by helping them make the crucial educational plan for their child, whether very young or older.
July 18, 1999
Re "Crucial Birth Control Funding," editorial, July 14: Lets's hear it for worldwide, crucial birth control funding! The House will vote on a $25 million per year (for two years) contribution to a $17-billion annual cost of the United Nations Funding Program of Action. And you think this represents the steady U.S. support that UNFPA deserves. Does this demonstrate the inability of all to place the decimal point correctly, or does this represent the new form of compassion to address family planning and education on HIV?
June 4, 1989
Thanks and congratulations to NBC for its courage in airing the story of "Roe vs. Wade." It was a fair presentation of a controversial issue crucial to us all, male and female. I found it very illuminating. J.K. Glaser, Van Nuys
March 29, 1987
ABC's "Nightline" on March 9 deserves a salute. I thank them for showing us how Great Britain is approaching the public about AIDS. Let's follow their lead of openness and honesty that personal protection means crucial condoms. Evelyn Pelkey, Huntington Beach
December 12, 1993
In our "information age," wouldn't you think it would be possible--if not already statutory--that legislative, judicial and other governmental actions be accessible through the computer modem? Take the NAFTA debate (or lack of it), how difficult could it have been for the Congress to "scan" in the agreement's accord into a computer record accessible to the public? However voluminous, the effort made to extend this crucial data to the people would be of infinitesimal cost compared to the response engendered.
August 15, 2009
The 2-1 squeaker for Mexico in Mexico City wasn't the real story. What matters is the usual shameful behavior of the Mexican fans -- booing the American national anthem, pelting American players with beer containers while they're taking crucial corner kicks, and afterward mouthing arrogance and hatred toward our country. Less than appealing too were the comment by star forward Landon Donovan that "it wasn't a do-or-die game for us" and the ho-hum attitude of Coach Bob Bradley. If this wasn't a crucial endeavor, perhaps they should resign from the U.S. national team and pursue goals that interest them more.
February 26, 2014 | By Craig B. Garner
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. As reference, Santa Ana is 30 miles from Los Angeles.
February 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul's two-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Russia coincided with a diplomatic chill seemingly worthy of the Cold War era. U.S. Agency for International Development advisors were expelled. American democracy-building emissaries were demonized as foreign agents. American adoptions of Russian orphans were banned in a game of political point-scoring. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was granted political asylum, and bitter disputes over how to stem the bloodshed in Syria and restore civic peace in Ukraine put the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of an increasingly strident ideological battle front.
February 14, 2014 | James Barragan
Bob Thompson fondly remembers when Downey was buzzing with pride and payrolls as a major hub for work on the Apollo space program and the construction site for six space shuttles. "Since the beginning of time, we had all these world leaders who looked up at the moon," said Thompson, a 72-year-old local history buff who worked for 34 years on the site where the spacecraft were built. "Here in Downey we built the vehicles that put the first man on the moon, and that is why it's a great source of pride.
February 6, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Paul Richter
JERUSALEM - Emerging from a black limousine, the tall man in the bushy gray wig lectures a small crowd of Israelis on how their holy city of Jerusalem belongs to followers of all religions - "Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Klingons and Hobbits. " He asks a young passerby, "Do you think I deserve a Nobel Prize?" The two-minute spoof video, released on YouTube this week by ultranationalist Israelis, is the latest sign of how critics of a possible Mideast peace deal have focused their ire on the effort's chief champion, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
February 6, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Above the Fold," the title of former New York Times reporter Bernard Weinraub's stacked new morality play about 21st century journalism now at the Pasadena Playhouse, reveals the author's background as an ink-stained dinosaur. For tablet-reading news junkies under 40, the expression refers to the placement on the front page of a broadsheet newspaper that attracts the most eyeballs and therefore wields the most influence. The very appealing Taraji P. Henson, best known for her role in the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest," stars as Jane, an ambitious reporter at a prestige New York newspaper who's tired of writing lifestyle pieces about trendy Harlem restaurants.
February 4, 2014 | By David Pierson
CLOVIS, CALIF. - Beneath unyielding blue skies on a recent afternoon, Ryan Indart knelt down to examine what was left of one of his sheep pastures. Land that should have been lush with native grasses this time of year has been reduced to powdery dirt, splotched with a few withered strands of filaree and foxtail. And where there's no vegetation, there are no sheep. A fourth-generation rancher, Indart has already sent 10% of his 4,000 ewes - which he normally would want to keep - to the slaughterhouse because he can't afford the hay to feed them.
November 16, 1993
Re "Math Minus Boys: Reports of Teaching Bias Prompt Classes for Girls Only" (Nov. 8): It is good to learn of this practical measure that will surely help female students become more proficient at math. Now, since boys score lower on the SAT's verbal section than girls, will we be seeing male-only courses for boys in English? Reading and writing skills are also crucial to success. Or are we only concerned that girls do as well as boys in a subject or better? Perhaps boys are embarrassed about expressing themselves about literary matters in the company of the more able female students.
November 10, 1985
Thank you, KABC, for your atrocious mutilation of the film "Lawrence of Arabia," which the station itself announced as being "internationally acclaimed" and winner of the Oscar for best picture. It was bad enough that you split the showing into two parts over two nights, but why did you choose to cut (in their entirety) two crucial segments that contribute so much to the understanding of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence? Give yourself a pat, KABC, for once more ruining a work of art. Joyce E. Kuhn, Encino
January 29, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The panic in the college application process may be easing a bit. That's the way some experts are interpreting statistics in a new report that shows a slight decline in the number of high school seniors who apply to seven or more colleges. That decline in 2012 was the first in 20 years, according to the study by the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  It had swelled from 9% in 1992 to 29% in 2011. Then the share of students applying to seven or more schools declined to 28%. "In good news, there are some indicators that there may be an end in sight to the application scramble among students and colleges,” said the report, entitled “2013 State of College Admissions.”  It also said that anecdotal evidence suggests some colleges are “curbing efforts to bring in as many applications as possible, in favor of more focused targeting of 'good-fit' students who would be likely to attend.” In related matters, the study found that colleges continue to consider students' grades in high school college prep courses by far the most important factor in admissions decisions.
January 16, 2014 | David Lazarus
Should the Internet be considered a public utility? How you answer that question will define what role you think federal regulators should play in ensuring that all content, from Netflix programs to Rush Limbaugh podcasts, receives equal treatment by the likes of Comcast and Verizon. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled this week that the Federal Communications Commission overreached when it laid down rules preventing network operators from assigning fast and slow lanes to content providers.
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