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July 29, 1995
Regarding British director Adrian Lyne's upcoming attempt to remake the film "Lolita" ("Not Your Average Nymphet," Calendar, July 14) and his comments that "I could make a movie about a 13-year-old girl getting chopped up and eaten and no one in the United States would say anything." Well, I am here to say to Lyne: Wrong! No matter how you package garbage, no matter what label you put on it, garbage is still garbage. Whether it is labeled satanic cannibalism or erotic, gratuitous sex, it's garbage.
October 21, 1987
The attempt by the country's major garbage disposal firms to buy up Indian reservation land for mega-garbage dumps (Part I, Sept. 26) is an obscene illustration of our system of waste. In this latest twist of the "Manhattan Island" syndrome, it should not pass the notice of Los Angeles residents that such far-flung sites for garbage--outside the state or even outside the country--are likely intended as the destination of garbage produced in the Los Angeles basin. It's an absurd but very possible future for local garbage unless major changes are made in the current "collect and dump" system.
July 1, 1992
A year ago, in its response to EIR claims about waste volumes anticipated at the proposed Weldon Canyon dump, the Environmental Coalition pointed out that "there is no substantial evidence that there can be any limitations on customers served at a private landfill." The coalition spelled out the reason: "Under Interstate Commerce Commission rules, a county cannot mandate discrimination between customers of a private owner/operator over county or even state lines." For Ventura County, this could mean a horrendous influx of garbage from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara or anywhere in the country.
Mt. Everest remains majestic and remote, but it is no longer pristine. In the 40 years since it was conquered, it has become the world's tallest garbage dump. Plastic bottles, cooking gas cylinders, oxygen tanks, frayed ropes, rusted sardine cans, dead batteries and toilet paper litter the well-trod route to the summit reached by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. An estimated 50 tons of garbage is strewn over the mountain.
June 30, 1989 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who browses the news racks knows they're often littered with garbage. Garbage magazine, however, will be the first publication to claim that title with pride. Arriving in August, Garbage will be, according to editor and publisher Patricia Poore, "the best of environmental magazines, the best of science magazines, with a practical, how-to slant and a sense of humor." Or, as the slick, direct mail campaign now under way puts it: "To those who say it's beyond the individual to grasp our environmental problems--let alone fix them--we say 'Garbage!
August 5, 1987
Kudos to Barbara D. Cummings for her poignant illustration accompanying Forest Tennant's article, "The Offal Predicament: No Place to Put Garbage" (Opinion, July 12). Cummings captures the true dilemma facing Angelenos over trash. No one wants it. Los Angeles County and outlying cities don't want garbage from the city of Los Angeles. The city doesn't want its own garbage. Cities in the San Gabriel Valley are tired of being "dumped on" by the rest of the county. Westside residents don't want any more garbage burned or buried in their backyards either.
May 21, 1995
Re: Orange County's plan to import garbage from neighboring counties: Post-bankruptcy, Orange County officials appear to have been considering every possibility of generating money, even when such ideas go against public interest. Orange County's excess landfill capacities are due in large part to the recession and a seemingly well-working recycling system. Why should this trend reverse? Officials should be proud of the fact that the recycling system in Orange County seems to work better than in neighboring counties.
October 22, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five railroad cars full of rotting refuse were on their way back to Philadelphia after Indiana officials won a court order blocking a plan to dump the garbage in their state. The state Environmental Management Department said the four firms involved in carting the trash lacked a permit allowing garbage to be transferred from railroad cars to dump trucks.
January 6, 1986 | JENNINGS PARROTT
--A radio station in Bangor, Me., that urged its audience to send garbage to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi has so far received more than 1,000 pounds of trash as listeners apparently misinterpreted the station's instructions. "People are sending their trash to Kadafi, care of WGUY," said Jack Roberts, the FM station's program director. "Don't send it here! Send it to the Libyan mission!" he pleaded.
January 16, 1994
Re "Garbage Cans Teach a Hard Lesson in City Hall Politics," Jan. 4: She was the low bidder, a lawyer, and a businesswoman, and she would be building a factory in the distressed district of Councilwoman Rita Walters. She asked for help with the technical part of "doing business with City Hall." The councilwoman's staff referred Catherine Bump to a former councilman. This expert, registered with the City Ethics Commission, asked for a free trip to Germany and $145,000 as his fee if she received the contract.
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