March 19, 2013
Re "Too darn hot," Opinion, March 14 William deBuys painted a doom-and-gloom picture of my city, Phoenix, based on climate change and water use, warning if we don't take better care of our land and resources, Phoenicians will flee. Just like Los Angeles, Phoenix has its challenges. That's why we recognized the need for future-oriented solutions like the Central Arizona Project canals and the Groundwater Management Act, the latter of which requires builders to demonstrate they will be able to have a 99-year water supply.
March 1, 2013
Re “ Judging the Voting Rights Act ,” Editorial, Feb. 26 The Supreme Court should not substitute its judgment for Congress' on voting rights. A short time in the future, today's minority will become our nation's majority. That may possibly include those sitting on the Supreme Court bench. Tomorrow's ex-majority may need the same voting protections as today's minority does. Indeed, the shoe may be on the other foot. Ken Johnson Pinon Hills More letters to the editor ...
September 1, 2012
Re "Survey offers dire picture of state's two-year colleges," Aug. 29 No longer can those fresh out of high school easily step into middle-class jobs. Today, high school is not enough. Additional education and better job skills are necessary for anything beyond low-wage work. The hundreds of thousands of students on those community college waiting lists know this. The future of middle class jobs is at stake. Private enterprise will not provide the education and skill training needed for these jobs.
September 22, 2012
If I ever do another dinner party marathon like that (and I seriously vow never to schedule so many dinners in one week), here's what I'll do differently: • Organize my shopping and decide on the menus ahead of time, not on the fly. • Compromise - maybe we don't need to drive all the way across town to get that one elusive ingredient (but try telling that to my husband). • Start cooking early and pace myself. • Make the desserts before my fellow cook spreads his stuff out on every surface.
August 18, 2012 |
So how many people knew, when they sat in the theater or in front of their television sets to watch Charlton Heston in 1973's “Soylent Green,” that it was inspired by a novel by Harry Harrison? Harrison, who died this week at the age of 87 , was many things in his distinguishedsci-fi career - editor, illustrator, writer - and he was also a bit of the prophet because of his 1966 dystopian tale “Make Room! Make Room!” For me, the vision he created in that book - and its celluloid offspring “Soylent Green” (though Harrison, notes one early report of his death , thought the film only occasionally "bore a faint resemblance to the book")
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Andre Ethier said Wednesday morning that it was too early to say how the Dodgers' sale could affect his future. Ethier is under contract this year for $10.95 million. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He said he wasn't sure if he was any more optimistic about remaining a Dodger beyond this season. “It's way too early to even play those games in your mind right now,” he said. “It's a proven group, a lot of proven winners and people who want to win, but we still don't know what their goals are going to be coming in. It's that whole thing of don't look too far ahead, just be focused on right now. If we do our job, then everything will work out.” But Ethier sounded as if he would be open to discussing a contract extension during the season.
November 20, 2012 |
There's a sample on the new Bad Brains album, "Into the Future," that perfectly captures the influential D.C. punk band's early contact with audiences: "We figured if they didn't mind us being black, we didn't mind them being white. " The statement, like the band, is an incitement, an acknowledgment of the occasionally uneasy relationship among punk, metal and race in the genre's formative years. It didn't hurt that Bad Brains were one of the most incendiary of the first-generation hard-core punk bands, and the band went on to influence a wealth of recent acts, including the Beastie Boys, TV on the Radio and the Mars Volta.
September 21, 2012 |
Tim Tebow is a straightforward, honest guy. Really nice too. Outgoing, friendly and helpful to everyone he meets. A person like that surely wouldn't make it in the cutthroat world of politics, right? Ha! That's just the kind of thinking that might have us hearing the phrase "I'm Tim Tebow, and I approve this message" coming from our TV sets one day. “You can get looked at in a certain light, or people think, 'This is this type of person, he wouldn't do this.' Sometimes it's fun breaking those norms,” the New York Jets backup quarterback said in an interview that appears in the upcoming issue of Vogue magazine.