January 4, 2001 |
One of the most annoying aspects of some PC programs is the way they try to take control. Some load automatically when you start your computer. Others become the default application for certain types of files. Some do both. There are those who call this type of automation a feature. I call it a nuisance. It's irksome on a number of levels. First, software that loads automatically slows down the computer's start-up because Windows has to load each program into memory.
May 29, 1998 |
Robert Bowen is a union man, tried and tested. A studio engineer for Hollywood, he has manned picket lines and toiled in contract talks. But he hates the way unions spend money on politics, invariably backing Democratic candidates and causes. Bowen, a Republican, wants to cure his predicament by supporting Proposition 226, the measure on Tuesday's California ballot that would require annual written permission before a union spends a member's dues on political campaigns.
March 21, 1993
The argument put forth by three members of California Catholics for Free Choice (letter, March 11) that Cardinal Roger Mahony is redefining who is a Catholic is absurd on its face and hypocritical in the extreme. Mahony is a bishop of the church. It's his job to define Catholic dogma and quite specifically not the job of individual Catholics or groups of citizens who say they are Catholics. The persistent attempts by such people to force the church to fashion itself in the image of an increasingly immoral society are destructive of the teachings of Jesus Christ and of society itself.
March 16, 1991 |
Despite an early line that made Fly So Free the odds-on favorite, trainer Buddy Edwards says his Jackie Wackie will be the people's choice in today's Florida Derby. Fly So Free, last year's Eclipse Award winner, drew the No. 3 post position in a field of eight for the $500,000 Kentucky Derby prep race and is a 3-5 favorite on the morning line. Jackie Wackie, the second choice at 5-2, drew the outside post for the 1 1/8-mile race.
June 28, 1990 |
Hands-off parenting at the dinner table is currently being promoted by some dietitians. The thinking is that restrictive diets, or those that pressure youngsters into eating healthy foods, can interfere with a child's innate capacity to regulate calorie consumption. Later in life, this usually results in a preference for high-fat foods, which have been linked to diseases such as heart disease and cancer. But there are plenty of experts who still believe hands-on parental intervention is vital.
November 29, 1989 |
Until a year and a half ago, Myron Ho attended a private school. Now he is a seventh-grader at Adams Middle School in the once-declining Richmond Unified School District, and his parents couldn't be happier. "He has a lot more choices here; there are always new challenges," said Myron's mother, Patti Ho, who turned to the public school system because she and her husband were allowed to choose which of the district's schools they felt would be best for their son.