May 20, 1999
If you work with nature, you can enjoy beautiful roses without all the extra work, cost and hazard of routine chemical use ("Six Ways to Keep Those Blooms on the Rose," April 8). Here is a list of five important tips that Tommy Cairns failed to include: 1. Proper Placement in the Garden: Roses must have at least six hours of direct sun daily, and they need good air circulation as well. Sun and air prevent fungi. 2. The Power of Mulch: Adding compost as a top dressing on a regular basis is vital to maintaining healthy soil and therefore healthy plants.
October 10, 2008 |
This week's most important debate wasn't the meandering town hall duel between Barack Obama and John McCain. That encounter was understandably scored by polls and most pundits as a win for Obama, who seemed steadier than an over-caffeinated McCain. But lackluster questions and a constrictive format meant it did little to clarify the decision facing voters. Far more instructive was the argument Obama instigated with McCain last week over healthcare. In speeches, Obama accurately framed the central contrast between the nominees' approaches.
October 30, 1994
As president-for-life of Softbodies of America--whose membership consists of everyone who agrees with me, whether they've heard of me or not--I must respond to "How Best to Tackle Weight Problem?" (Oct. 18). The panel of 18 experts got it all wrong. Again. As our millions of members (rough estimate) could tell you, setting standards for "healthy" or "desirable" weights is enough to send a person running for Betty Crocker lemon bars. Most people older than 35 cannot achieve those weights without starving themselves and working out to the point of exhaustion or resorting to liposuction.
October 8, 2001
I was delighted to see the article on exercise for the aging and disabled ("An Exercise in Frustration," Sept. 10). However, my delight soon went crashing when you immediately shifted the subject, almost exclusively, to exercise for the disabled. As a healthy aging person myself, I am struggling with the need for exercise and the inappropriateness of most classes for my age group. I have thought for some time that gyms and other programs are missing a good bet. There are many people like me who have enjoyed vigorous exercise all our lives, who would welcome classes geared for those of us who can no longer do push-ups because of arthritic hands or move quickly because of failing knees, but who want to keep our muscles strong and bodies flexible.
April 7, 1993
I was shocked by Mary Rourke's commentary on I. Magnin in the March 5 View ("The Decline and Fall of High Society Shopping)." The gist of it seemed to be: Magnin's is old-fashioned and dying; anyone modern shops at Neiman, Saks or Shauna Stein. May I ask how Rourke would feel reading her article if she were an employee of a healthy Magnin's like the much-expanded Beverly Hills store? Might she feel, as I do, that someone was knocking her livelihood for no good purpose? I am not a disinterested party, being a sales rep who deals with the store, a customer and a Californian who'd like to see the last great California better store survive.
November 19, 2009
Re "One nation, insured," Editorial, Nov. 16 What seems to have been lost in the healthcare debate is our inalienable right to make choices. This should not be sacrificed for "the greater good." When this healthcare bill passes, we could end up paying for government-mandated insurance we didn't want or need. Or, worse yet, paying for someone else's healthcare besides our own. The state will treat people like criminals if they exercise their right of refusal and opt out. The right to live our lives as we see fit will be pushed aside by bureaucratic meddling.