October 22, 1989
Bravo for CBS and "Peaceable Kingdom." This marvelous and enlightening series is free of sex and violence. It is the best definition of family entertainment. Elaine Leonard, Woodland Hills
February 14, 1987
Orel Hershiser has given us a new definition of chutzpah: Ask for a 10% raise on your $1-million salary after a season of 14 wins, 14 losses and a 3.85 earned-run average. The old definition, as you probably know, was the guy who murdered his parents and asked leniency because he was an orphan. PAUL BAESSLER Agoura Hills
September 29, 1985
The unlearned statements of Money concerning the origins of alcoholism were appalling. I note the designation MD did not appear after his name. A medical dictionary would be totally enlightening on this subject. However, the disease is so widely accepted as medical fact that even the layman's dictionary, i.e. Webster's, is sufficient for educational purposes. Webster's definition of disease: an alteration of a living body that impairs its functioning: sickness.
February 12, 1998 |
Adultery. In these souped-up, soap operatic times, when affairs political and sexual spark across airwaves in a wink, the term seems downright old-fashioned. In fact, since Clinterngate first hit the media fan, rumors have circulated that the traditional definition of adultery is just too confining for some sophisticates. There are those, it is said, who figure that in the 1990s, anything short of extramarital coitus--including oral sex--is kinda OK.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2007
RE "The Lowdown on Flat-Panels" [March 15]: Having purchased a 46-inch LCD flat-panel TV, I can tell you that you omitted a critical factor: How does the set display standard definition pictures? My biggest disappointment in the flat-panel I bought was that at $3,500, the set cannot come close to the quality of the $400 cathode ray tube TV it replaced when I'm watching standard-definition broadcasts. And lest anyone be deceived by the clarity of the "sweat beads on some jock's face" on the stunning store HD displays, it is no accident that they are always high-definition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1989
I appreciate Del Olmo's resistance to the catch-all definition "Hispanic." Indeed, this is imprecise terminology. As an American, of Irish descent, I find equally imprecise and insensitive the term "Anglo" used to designate all non-Latin Caucasians. RONALD J. HARRIS Lakewood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1991
The Column One (March 1) article "Doomsday for War Forecasts" by Doyle McManus was a joy to read. It confirms the definition of an expert as "one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows all there is to know about nothing." NORMAN N. ALPERIN Rancho Palos Verdes