CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2001
I awoke on Sunday as I have for many mornings worrying about the state of the world. I remembered when the San Fernando Valley was still a place to go horseback riding, when Thousand Oaks still had thousands of oaks, when the beaches didn't need daily sweeping and when a drive to Palm Springs was a ride through the country. And I haven't hit 50 yet. I thought about the thousands of acres of forest being cut down daily so that we can have nice lawn furniture, cheap beef and plentiful toilet paper.
May 13, 2003
Re "Door Opened for New Era of Nuclear Arms," May 10: A U.S. Senate panel, under Republican control, has approved the development of "a new generation of nuclear weapons." Why do I now feel less secure, especially when these weapons are supposed to buy Americans greater security? Perhaps it is the knowledge that civilizations rise and fall. That over-investment in the military is a sign of a civilization's collapse. And when the American empire falls, what a horrible crash it will make.
March 7, 2014 |
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada. That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original. The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas. PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 "Rise of an Empire" is expected to do well in foreign markets and bows in 58 countries this weekend.
May 23, 2009
Re "Survivor of Dachau worked tirelessly to assist Soviet Jews," Obituary, May 18 Thank you for remembering Si Frumkin. A former Soviet Jewish refugee, I met Si in the early 1980s, during the decade that witnessed relentless Soviet Communist onslaught and the subsequent demise of the dysfunctional empire. Si exerted tremendous efforts to help Soviet Jews escape the bleak realities and stark anti-Semitism of the Soviet Union (thus ripping the Iron Curtain his own way), but he was also sympathetic to the cause of freedom throughout the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1987
The Iran- contra hearings make it so obvious that we are being led by a bunch of liars that one can only say the nation is getting what it deserves. The trouble is that the rest of the world doesn't deserve what this nation is doing to it. It's time to put an end to just being ashamed of ourselves and to begin to change our ways. The first thing to change is the policy which is at the bottom of the whole debacle. Our leaders are trying to decide, by hook or crook, how people in another country, Nicaragua, should be governed.
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died Tuesday night at age 86, was a fixture on the American cultural landscape for so long that it seems hard to imagine our literature without him. From 1946, when his first novel, "Williwaw," became one of the first to evoke World War II in fiction, through the publication of his final memoir, "Snapshots in History's Glare," in 2009, Vidal was ubiquitous: a writer and a social critic, a talk show guest and raconteur. A product of the American aristocracy - his grandfather was Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore - Vidal wrote literary fiction and potboilers, worked in Hollywood (most notably on MGM's 1959 production of "Ben-Hur")
February 7, 2008
Re "Bush's budget swells deficit," Feb. 5 Regarding President Bush's proposed increases in military spending and decreases in health benefits for the elderly: At some point, the military will be so rich and the domestic quality of life so poor that the military won't have any citizens left to defend. They'll all be poor, sick or employed in foreign countries. Nancy Kiang Irvine -- The article on Bush's new budget makes the important point that it will result in a devastating doubling of the deficit.