CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1992
It should not be too hard to imagine that our competitive edge in scientific and intellectual endeavors would be enhanced greatly if children like Annabel Dostal would spend the time she spends practicing soccer studying and preparing for an academic scholarship. Not only would she come out with a usable degree, but her future would be much more assured and not dependent on staying uninjured and not fading too early. Does one really wonder why we are so far behind in the world race?
September 3, 2005
INTERESTING that a few readers have written to take umbrage (read: envy) that David Ellison should be cast in a film in which he is investing [Letters, Aug. 27]. The usual wisdom, of course, is to never use one's own money in such endeavors. However, that would have to exclude Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Mel Gibson, John Cassavetes and John Sayles. And the same brush that tars Howard Hughes would also apply to Francis Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Saul Zaentz, Ed Pressman, George Harrison, Phil Anschutz and Stephen Bing -- and many, many others who have shared one goal: to risk their own money in their passion to make good movies.
July 18, 2004
Retirement--Bring It On Why is "That Seductive Walden Mirage" so appealing (by Marc Porter Zasada, Essay, June 6)? Most of us workers have our time controlled by someone else. We eat breakfast when we are not hungry to be on time and go hungry if we're too rushed to prepare lunch. We wear clothes not of our choosing that may be uncomfortable (ties, nylon stockings, high heels and uniforms). Five-sevenths of our days belong to someone else. We get two-sevenths to peruse hobbies, interests and creative endeavors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2001
What a refreshing ray of sunshine on a cloudy day it was to read Michael Kinsley's March 2 commentary, "It Takes a Snob to Know One," on [Fox News talk-show host] Bill O'Reilly. Finally some truth. O'Reilly exploits the anger and frustration in the country masterfully. He, like every other right-wing media personality, is nothing but a rabble-rouser and should be labeled such. Recently one rabble-rouser host was bemoaning our education system in this country, attributing all the ills to liberal policies.
July 9, 2000
Re "Consumers Duped by Insurance Industry" [Letters, June 11]. Not so! No one likes an insurance company. You pay premiums each year for automobile, fire, liability, and you never collect. The insurance companies are making an unconscionable amount of money. Reality: The insurance business is very competitive. Each company endeavors to write the greatest amount of "profitable insurance" and to write this business at a rate that will capture the market. The consumer is free to select and purchase from the most competitive company in the marketplace.
January 21, 1990
Hasn't Charles Knapp bashing been going on long enough ("Knapp Files Suit to Revoke Divorce Settlement," Jan. 4)? Will you be playing both prosecutor and judge indefinitely until you get the jury verdict you want to hear? Mr. Knapp was never charged with any wrongdoing. Case closed! If The Times would put as much effort into exposing all the corruption perpetrated by existing and former thrift and loan operators as it has into Charles Knapp, your business section could be highly regarded in the annals of journalistic endeavors.