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September 28, 1996
Do you suppose after the reports (" 'First Wives Club' Chalks Up Biggest Debut Ever in Sept.," Sept. 23) that in its first weekend "The First Wives Club" nearly tripled the gross of "Last Man Standing" that studio executives will be saying to themselves and each other, "Gosh, this means that audiences want to see films about women and not about men killing each other"? Not likely. But you can easily imagine that if "Last Man Standing" had out-grossed "First Wives Club" they would be saying, "Women's pictures just don't gross as much as action flicks."
May 15, 1987
Gary Hart is a quitter who blames the press for doing him in. We've had enough weaklings in high office who never grew up or learned to accept responsibility for their own actions. We don't need another crybaby! MARJORIE H. GROSS Laguna Hills
January 17, 1993
Since advertisers want good will of all viewers, TV showed gross lack of sensitivity ignoring Hanukkah, although it was celebrated this year during Yuletide. Repeatedly there were Christmas greetings but never a mention of Hanukkah. The thoughtlessness was an affront. Liz and Tyler Burt, Los Angeles
May 30, 1998
Re "Movies Ad Nauseam" (by Amy Wallace, May 12): If any Hollywood big shots are reading this, here's a word to the wise: The last thing people want or need is more on-screen vomiting. Believe me, movie audiences are quite capable of leaping the gap from the character who looks sickened to his or her off-screen retching, and figuring out what exactly is happening, without your having to show us every last viscous drop. What's next, on-screen defecation? Of course, sometimes in-your-face heaving serves a legitimate artistic purpose, as did Linda Blair's memorable pea soup geyser in "The Exorcist."
June 19, 2007
Re "Estimating innocence," Opinion, June 11 In this article, Samuel R. Gross refers to an analysis I wrote in 2006 in the New York Times that was cited by Justice Antonin Scalia as "nonsense." In that analysis, I pointed out that Gross and his team of researchers were able to document something less than 400 cases of what he called "exonerations" over a 15-year period. As a district attorney, my worst fear is not losing a case, it is convicting an innocent person. I pointed out that in the 15-year period of his study, there were literally millions of rapes, murders and other serious crimes out of which Gross' team was able to identify less than one in a hundredth of 1%. In his June 11 article, he gets his math wrong.
November 13, 1988
Dick Turpin might also look at the economic consequence of our subsidy-aided dependency on the automobile. The extraordinary ownership is responsible for our low household savings rate and growing indebtedness to foreign investors. The American automobile is an economic black hole--sucking in $1 trillion annually, 25% of the gross national product. STANLEY HART Altadena
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