November 16, 1997
Regarding your Nov. 9 story about the children's treatment program at Metropolitan State Hospital: As a former supervisor of the same program while it was at Camarillo State Hospital, I find myself still marveling at the attitude of so many of those who claim for themselves the noble title of child advocate. In my 20 years at Camarillo, I never knew a single advocate--not a court-appointed guardian, psychiatrist, attorney or other expert--willing to extend his or her repeated concern for the indescribably shattered children entrusted to our care to the extent of taking one home and providing the comforts and security of a middle- or upper-middle-class environment.
June 7, 2003
No wonder the Lakers won't let other teams talk to Mitch Kupchak. Where else can you get a general manager who works so well with Phil Jackson? Who else could bring in J.R. Rider, Mitch Richmond and Tracy Murray -- and now will bring in Scottie Pippen? Also, who else would have spotted Samaki Walker as a great fit for the Lakers? Doug Ward Grover Beach I'm a boxing fan who loves the Ice Capades but, oddly, has never developed an interest in hockey. And when Disney put a team in Anaheim and persuaded the NHL to allow them to name it after a popular movie, I admit to becoming cynical.
October 26, 2003
Re "Bush, Fox Put Their Rift to Rest," Oct. 21: It seems that Mexico's President Vicente Fox believes his people are going to migrate to the U.S. The problem with that is that I don't remember having a national discussion here in the U.S. about it, or any kind of vote at the local, state or national level. Fox needs to focus on providing opportunities, health care and education in Mexico for his countrymen. His belief that the U.S. is the social relief system for Mexico is misplaced. Richard J. Hardy Jr. Grover Beach I wonder how all the unemployed Americans will feel about President Bush's statement that there is a demand for labor in the U.S. and a supply of labor in Mexico -- and that somehow that supply and demand should be facilitated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2003 |
The FBI is investigating allegations that Cal Poly San Luis Obispo administrators may have obstructed justice in a child pornography case involving a former department chairman. Ed Miller, supervising agent of the Santa Maria FBI office, confirmed that the department was asked by the U.S. attorney's office to investigate whether criminal obstruction occurred in the case involving Safwat Moustafa. Moustafa, 63, of Grover Beach, Calif.
February 28, 1999 |
All Baby Tania has left of the last, doomed trip she took with her parents is a straw crucifix that apparently fell out of their car as it plunged 450 feet down a cliff on the California coast. The 16-month-old's rescuer gave her the cross when he realized she was the lone survivor of last Sunday's crash. "She ignored it at first," said Toby Rowland-Jones, "but then she clutched on to it. When she got in the helicopter, she was still clutching it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1998
Re "Social Security System Shortchanges Minorities," Commentary, Feb. 9: William Beach and Gareth Davis must be propagandists, because they have a very distorted view of Social Security. The system does not discriminate against minorities; it is not a good investment for anyone. As was pointed out, other investments provide far more potential than Social Security. Other investments can also have more downside exposure. This downside could represent a far greater hardship to a person of low income.
June 19, 1993
Although I am not a gambler, I disagree with the premise forwarded in the June 10 articles by Dave Kindred and Mark Heisler, that people who play sports shouldn't gamble. Until the NBA makes a rule that forbids gambling, the players should be allowed to do what they want with their money. Mr. Kindred states that the amount that Michael Jordan lost is equivalent to a man making $50,000 losing $1,562. Let's get this straight: The man makes $40 million every year. Even if he did lose almost $1 million gambling, he still has about $39 million left.
November 16, 2002
When the Lakers lost to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, it was the first time in the Phil Jackson era that the team had lost four in a row. I don't think this was the "Quat-row" that everyone had in mind. Tyler Hennauer Huntington Beach The perfect Shaquille O'Neal season: October: Miss the preseason due to recent toe surgery. November: Lament the team's performance while sitting on the bench in fashionable streetwear recovering from late-summer toe surgery. December: Begin to talk self into shape while convalescing on bench.
April 22, 2003 |
A Phoenix buyout firm best known for its real estate investments said Monday that it had agreed to pay $63 million for an undersea cable network built by Global Crossing Ltd. and two affiliates. Pivotal Private Equity, whose parent firm owns the Century Plaza and St. Regis hotels in Los Angeles, said it planned to get into the telecommunications business by buying Pacific Crossing Ltd.'s two lines connecting the U.S. to Japan and the rest of Asia.