CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1990
I am appalled at your editorial! To imply that homosexuals should be afforded the opportunity to lead and provide example for young Boy Scouts because not all "gays" are sexually promiscuous or active in proselytizing "their" lifestyles is as unconscionable as it is absolute rubbish. Regardless of the vocal numbers of homosexuals demanding equality in all facets of life, I think that it is time for The Times to reflect the needs of all society and draw the line. The Scout director said it best, "Homosexuality and boy scouting are not compatible."
January 10, 1988
Contributing to KCET's recent pledge drive was worth it to me just to have watched "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" on Dec. 19. It was rightly rated "R" and the Moral Majority undoubtedly would have been outraged at the content. But real life is frequently "R" and the French, like the English, have the ability to present all facets of life with humor, delicacy and charm. I just wish I had taped this delightful French film. Incidentally, I do watch things like the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and "Nova" on KCET too. Maureen Bangston, San Clemente
April 30, 2004
Re "Schools Get Waivers for Algebra Law," April 26: What a ridiculous requirement! The great majority of graduates will never use the skills taught in algebra. They need more practical skills like balancing their checkbooks, making change, etc. Teaching more facets of arithmetic would be far more valuable than anything taught in algebra. Only a few technical careers require the use of algebraic equations. I have been a financial professional for 48 years and have never had the need for algebra, which I failed in high school.
October 6, 1985
You have periodically carried informative stories about different facets of the growing peace movement. I believe that Kathleen Hendrix has achieved a new high with her lengthy article about Beyond War. She traced the origin and development of Beyond War, summarized their program, highlighted their recent activities, explained their educational methods; then she gave brief portraits of some of their staff and supporters. An excellent analysis which, I trust, has been of value to many other Times readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1987
The Times (Jan. 16) gives a well-deserved tribute to Ray Bolger. The story of his life was most interesting, but I want to add one incident. In the 1920s, we were Orpheum fans, always trying to see the show every time it changed, which was normally about two weeks. That was where we first saw, and were delighted with, Ray Bolger, who appeared in "Gus Edward's Kiddies," a group of youngsters who were being trained by Gus Edwards for places in the entertainment world. One of the facets of the show was to try and forecast which of them would make it. Ray Bolger, who looked to be slightly older than the others, and was guessed to be about 11 or 12, was hailed as a winner; and so he was. His career was only a promise then, but it was fulfilled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999
I have followed with interest the media coverage on the Behavioral Health (nee Mental Health) Department of Ventura County. This interest is informed in part by the fact that I have spend about 15 of my 30 years as a psychologist working in publicly funded mental health services. The local merger, "un-merger" and discussion of who should be in charge leads me to two conclusions: The best way to provide these services is through a multidisciplinary treatment team. This is because humans, even the most severely mentally ill, are multifaceted, including (in alphabetical order)