July 9, 2012 |
We're circling the sidewalks around Chicago's Wrigley Field on a recent summer night, the Cubs out of town (perhaps banished, perhaps disowned), and I'm explaining to my 9-year-old how the very best ballparks have their own recognizable sets of acoustics. The murmur of Wrigley is different from the strumming of Fenway, I tell him, which are both different from baseball's other vintage opera house, Dodger Stadium. "They are as different," I tell him, "as root beer and wine.
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July 3, 2012 |
The hunt continued Monday for a mountain lion that over the weekend mauled a sleeping hiker in the Sierra Nevada foothills northwest of Nevada City, Calif. The victim, 63, was treated for puncture and scratch wounds and released from a Grass Valley hospital. It was only the 15th confirmed mountain lion attack on a human in California since 1890. The Bay Area man, who asked authorities not to release his identity, was driving to a trail head for the start of a hiking trip when he decided to spend the night under the stars at a spot he knew on a tributary of the Yuba River.
May 22, 2012
Re "A party no one attended," Opinion, May 17 I disagree with Doyle McManus that Americans Elect failed for lack of a charismatic leader. The"tea party"didn't have a charismatic leader; its success in 2010 was based on a powerful message to its targeted audience and a grass-root movement. Americans Elect lacks both. I have advocated a third centrist party in Congress representing moderate Americans, folks with principles but realistic enough to know that governing is possible only through compromise.
May 20, 2012 |
Barack Obama wanted to be a transformational president, and as we head into the general election, he may have gotten his wish - just not the way he or his supporters might have thought. Obama seems to have transformed the cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, a whopping 66% of whom preferred him over John McCain, from passionate voters who thought Obama really did offer change they could believe in, into people feeling, in the words of veteran political analyst Charlie Cook, "disappointment and disillusionment.
May 20, 2012 |
During the election cycle we tend to ask: What does America mean; where are we going? And then someone decides to check on the Indians to find out the answer, as though Indians represent America's soul hidden in the attic. And of course politicians have long stood next to their "souls" and posed for pictures on the campaign trail. Within the last year, Diane Sawyer and "20/20" did a special on the sorry conditions at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the New Yorker featured a grim photo essay on Pine Ridge too. The New York Times published a piece on brutal crime at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and another on the deep financial problems at Foxwoods, the Pequot-owned "world's largest" casino in Connecticut.
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April 29, 2012 |
A group of downtown residents and their dogs were romping on a small patch of grass next to the glass edifice that headquarters the Los Angeles Police Department when the playful mood was broken. "Hey, hey, look out!" someone shouted. A dog off its leash ran into the street, and was causing drivers to swerve. A similar incident had occurred just hours before, one park visitor said, when another dog escaped its owner and ran into the street, only to be saved by a homeless person.
April 17, 2012
The off-target NRA Re "NRA is restless despite clout," April 13 Why is the National Rifle Assn. afraid of President Obama? The gun-rights group can't name one time when Obama has said a word about gun control after any of the massacres that have taken place since he's been in office. He hasn't said a word about it even after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The NRA is about stoking fear and looking for an enemy. I wish Obama and the Democrats would say more about gun control, but they remain silent.
April 14, 2012
The Times' editorial on Tuesday discussing Israel'sreaction to Gunter Grass' poem on a possible confrontation with Iran prompted reader Steven Zak of Sunland to write: "The Times argues that by 'overreacting' to Grass' poem, Israelis 'are acting like Iranians.' More accurately, The Times is acting like Grass, who defames Israel as a 'perpetrator' of 'recognized danger.' The Times does likewise by comparing Israelis with Iran's regime. "When Grass calls the established fact of Iran's weapons program 'unproven,' he sounds like the Iranians, who both deny the Holocaust and vow to repeat it. Anyone who thinks Israel's condemnation of such a man is 'the kind of reaction we'd expect from Iran's mullahs' is ignorant about how those mullahs deal with dissent.
April 14, 2012 |
Dullahan ran down Hansen in the final furlong to insert his own name among the Kentucky Derby favorites in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Dullahan went off at 3-1 odds, running the 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack in 1.47.94 under Kent Desormeaux to beat the near white colt that was the center of attention because his owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen , had arranged for the horse's tail to be partially dyed royal blue,...
April 12, 2012
Israel's high ground Re "Israel's poetry critics," Editorial, April 10 German poet Gunter Grass and I both inhabited the same country during World War II. The difference between us: I wore striped pajamas in concentration camps, and he wore the gray uniform of the Waffen SS. I ask Grass: Why does he consider Israel a threat to world peace? Israel was not accepted by its neighbors when it was established in 1948 and was threatened with annihilation. Pronouncements by Iranian leaders denying the Holocaust and their threats to destroy the Jewish state are of great concern.