November 14, 1999
Barry Stone's reply to the home buyer asking about roofing felt ("Adding Drip Flashing to Roof Will Help Prevent Rotting Eaves," Nov. 7) understates the importance of felt by describing it as a "backup waterproof membrane in case of leakage" beneath the shingles. In fact, the felt layer is the primary waterproof part of a roof. The purpose of shingles, shakes or tiles on a roof is to protect the felt from weathering, not to waterproof the roof. Exposed to the elements by a missing shingle, felt becomes brittle and cracks, allowing water to penetrate the roof.
December 20, 2008
Felt obituary: The obituary of Watergate figure W. Mark Felt in Friday's California section said that he oversaw background checks at a Seattle plutonium plant. Felt was based for a time in the FBI's Seattle field office, but the Hanford plutonium plant, where he oversaw the background checks, is in Richland, Wash., about 200 miles southeast of Seattle. Also, a photo caption accompanying the obituary incorrectly gave his name as Mark W. Felt.
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July 23, 1988
Jackson made me proud to be an American. I had almost forgotten what that felt like. KENNETH H. PLATE Altadena
September 26, 2009
After JaMarcus Russell's performance Sunday, completing seven of 24 for 109 yards in the Raiders' win, he was quoted as saying, "I felt really good. The ball was just coming out different for me. Other than that, I felt good." Commitment to Excellence? Brian Haueter Ventura
August 14, 1999
Re Liz Smith's column "Was Telling This Tale Necessary?" (Aug. 11): What do you suppose would prompt a matronly ex-movie star to write a biography in which she denigrates a former lover? Esther Williams, whose acting abilities always remained in the pool, has obviously been in denial all these years regarding her dalliance with Jeff Chandler. Having known Jeff quite well, I am sure he felt that there should be a slight touch of femininity in their relationship. Jeff had a great sense of humor.
September 21, 2008
SUNDAY'S story about the film "Towelhead" ["If He Gets It Right, You'll Squirm," by Matthew DeBord, Sept. 14] referred to (male) critics describing it as exploitative and kiddie porn. That's how I felt about the same writer's "American Beauty," with the creepy middle-aged male fantasy of large-breasted artsy girl and virginal cheerleader. I didn't like that film. It made me uncomfortable, and I didn't relate to anything in it. "Towelhead," on the other hand, seemed to be checking off a list of "actual" sexual experiences and issues I remember having as a girl and a teenager.