October 17, 1999
At last, a story that makes a reader cry with happiness, not sadness. I refer to Dr. Michael Niccole ("A Dose of Mercy," Sept. 28) and all those who worked with him to relieve the misery of all the children in Argentina with facial and palate deformities. Keep these stories coming. However, are there not American children who deserve the same treatment? --DYANNE NELSON North Hollywood
October 19, 1985
Does the watching of an important ball game on TV have to include the constant close-up camera shots of the players doing the following: (1) blowing bubble gum, (2) spitting non-stop, (3) cleaning their noses, and (4) making assorted gestures and facial contortions. Most of these fellows are not exactly photogenic specimens. We can see much of the same at the San Diego zoo. Please, Mr. Director, spare us the "human interest" camera angles and give us back the game. BILL RETCHIN La Quinta
January 18, 2009
Hollywood inventiveness strikes again ["Heroes for Our Fraudulent Times" by Mary McNamara, Jan. 11]. Fox's new show, "Lie to Me," is about Dr. Cal Lightman, an investigator who can read people's facial expressions, voice inflections, posture, etc., to determine if they're telling the truth. My "Montezuma Strip" series, beginning with the story "Sanctuary," written in 1987 (and filmed for the opening episode of the SF Channel series "Welcome to Paradox"), is about the intuit Angel Cardenas, an investigator who can read people's facial expressions, voice inflections, posture, etc., to determine if they're telling the truth.
May 4, 2003
In his piece on "Bare," the new Annie Lennox CD, Phil Sutcliffe devotes an entire paragraph to describing the singer-songwriter's face: "frown lines between her eyebrows, smile lines around her mouth, small vertical grooves above her top lip.... " This, according to him, is evidence of the musician's nature ("She's Just Trying to Work Things Out," April 27). I'd laugh aloud, but I'm afraid I'll deepen my crow's feet. I'd rage against the inequitable standards women are held to in this culture, but I fear the consequence to my brow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1986
I read your editorial (March 2) about Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) and have now read his reply (Letters, April 19) about his "little Jew" remarks on the House floor. All of the Dornan rhetoric does not touch upon the main issue. The world is filled with those who think that actions are the only basis of judgment. Politicians and others cover up core feelings with deeds that are intended to camouflage the "real self." A good listener can learn a great deal about an individual by hearing the predicates that are used in everyday communication.
February 10, 2005
Re "Writing Your Own Ticket" (Feb. 3): Buying entertainment tickets is a good example of how politics works in this country these days and how consumers are all too often worse off for it. Imagine any other business being allowed to advertise a product at its wholesale price, and only at the end of the transaction reveal substantial additional markups and added fees. Recently, my wife and I received a gift certificate from Ticketmaster as a wedding present. You cannot redeem the certificates on the Internet or by phone; you must go to retail premises to do so. But when I went to the Northridge Tower Records, a kid with facial staples told me their machine was busted.