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May 4, 1986
For years it has been apparent that Linda Yellen has no insight, lacks foresight and has even proven herself to be incapable of hindsight. I wonder how someone with no vision has gotten to be where she is. Is it that the powers behind her are also blind? ANNE ROTH Pacific Palisades
October 16, 2012
Re "Libya becomes a point of contention," Oct. 13 Let's assume there was a security error at the consulate in Libya. Still, the State Department likely had real-time information on what was happening at the consulate on Sept. 11 and knew it was a terrorist attack. So at a minimum you must assume that these facts were passed on to the president by the next day. From that point forward, the White House engaged in misdirection. When you are not telling the truth for political reasons and use others in your administration to assist in the misdirection, you have a president who places his own political fortunes ahead of the country.
January 30, 2000
Re "Clinton's Legacy: He's No Teddy Roosevelt or Harry Truman," Opinion, Jan. 23: I would like to add to Bob Borosage's excellent summation of the Clinton presidency this observation: I believe Bill Clinton will, in the hindsight of history, be remembered as the president of broken promises and abandoned dreams. NORMAN M. ROSENFELD Los Angeles
February 23, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis -- A year ago, New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan made waves at the scouting combine when he guaranteed his team would win the Super Bowl. Ryan on Thursday raised eyebrows with what he wouldn't say. "I know what everybody is thinking, all right," the bombastic coach said in his opening comments at the podium. "The return to the infamous Super Bowl guarantee was here. … Looking back, obviously it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee. "At the time we were coming off two [AFC]
November 13, 2003
Your editorial "When Day is Done" (Nov. 11) asks: If anyone really thought it was the war to end all wars, why did they give World War I a number? Actually, the Great War took on a number in hindsight when WWII came along. Socrates didn't date his checks "400 BC" either. Bob Silberg Los Angeles
October 4, 1992
When I've done something I'm not particularly proud of, I remember that I did what I felt was right at the time--still taking responsibility for the decision but acknowledging that who I was then may not be who I am now. I had different intentions, priorities and beliefs--and I didn't have hindsight, which I do have now. LINDA PESCATORE San Diego
March 26, 2000
I disagree with the conclusions in the article "Experts Criticize Dirty Beach Closure" (March 2). I attended the same meeting and concluded the expert panel commended the actions taken by all the various agencies involved. The panel, in hindsight, recommended additional actions that could be taken if this or a similar event were to occur in the future. Rather than criticize what had been done, the panel critiqued what was done. It is important to recognize the timely response and actions taken by all the agencies involved, especially the leadership effort taken by the Orange County Sanitation District.
November 5, 2006
FOR a trip to Canada in October, we bought a digital camera, took one picture and placed it back in the original box and into our checked luggage. Upon arrival in Vancouver, nothing seemed suspect until I opened the box -- no camera. Between the airline and Transportation Security Administration, who can say who's responsible for the loss? In hindsight, it may have been our mistake, but our fear is not so much of others but rather the TSA and airline employees. LAX travelers, beware.
September 5, 1989
The Sheriff's Department and the 911 dispatcher involved in the dreadful Navarro murders have been getting a lot of flak about what should or should not have been done. I think the situation was handled by both the dispatcher and Navarro without one element that might have prevented the horrific outcome--common sense. Why didn't the dispatcher suggest that Navarro remove herself from the premises or at least ask if Navarro had taken some safeguards to protect herself? Why didn't Navarro disband the party?
August 16, 1995
Your comparisons are out of whack in "Rap Furor: New Evil or Old Story?" (Aug. 5). Shame on you for comparing rap sounds with Frank Sinatra and Elvis. Sinatra, a legitimate singer, smiled and young girls swooned when he sang words of love from the pens of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and George and Ira Gershwin. Rappers, among them thugs and felons, scowl to a tuneless beat when they spit out words of anger from poison pens that all but sanction killing and abuse of females. Elvis may have swung his hips when he belted out tunes such as "You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog," but the lyrics weren't intended to incite violence.
March 18, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that the country's leadership was overwhelmed by last week's earthquake and tsunami, which slowed its ability to respond to the following humanitarian crisis and nuclear emergency. "The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, according to the Associated Press.
March 22, 2010 | Sandy Banks
It has been six months since Mitrice Richardson vanished in the dark in Malibu, and the mystery surrounding the young woman has only deepened. Richardson is the 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton grad who crashed a dinner party at a swanky oceanfront restaurant, was arrested for not paying her $89 tab, then released from jail in the middle of the night without her purse, cellphone or automobile. No one she knows has heard from her since that September night. Searches of Malibu canyons and hills have turned up nothing to suggest that Richardson succumbed to the elements, was abducted or killed.
June 29, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
President Obama on Sunday called a House-passed energy bill "an extraordinary first step" toward halting global warming and reducing the use of fossil fuels, but he expressed reservations about a controversial provision that would slap tariffs on imports from countries that did not similarly crack down on greenhouse gas emissions. He predicted that the measure would spark innovation and jobs, and that its costs to consumers would fall well short of critics' warnings.
February 28, 2009
The Lakers traded Shaquille O'Neal for Lamar Odom and Caron Butler in what was then considered a debacle. We then traded Butler for Kwame Brown, and then traded Brown for Pau Gasol. So, essentially we traded Shaq for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. How's that trade looking now, Lakers fans? Jeff Shiffman Los Angeles
November 29, 2008
I don't know what Steve Keegan of Minden, Nev., does for a living, but he needs to quit, as he is the greatest evaluator of talent in baseball history. He knew, for example, that Dallas McPherson (despite a .300+ batting average in almost every minor league season) would be bad, but that Bobby Jenks (who was 19-31 with no saves in five years) would be an All-Star closer. Mr. Keegan, for your letter and subsequent bashing of Messrs. Moreno and Stoneman to carry any weight, it should have been written in 2004, when McPherson had 40 dingers and Jenks had a 10.42 ERA. I can't wait for your thoughts on whom the Angels should take in the next draft.
October 26, 2008 | Susan Montoya Bryan, Bryan writes for the Associated Press.
Along a twisting dirt road in the heart of the Manzano Mountains was a piece of property that caught Paul Davis' eye. There was a lush meadow, a stream on one side and an expansive hill covered with towering pines. This would be the perfect spot for his family's home -- a home that he and his father would build and where nearly 30 years of memories would be made. "This was a natural meadow so the insurance company actually thought it was well protected when they came out. I didn't clear any trees around the backside at all or that side," Davis said, pointing to an area of the blackened landscape where his house once stood.
October 19, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
Aaron Boone was dumb. Alfonso Soriano was reckless. Nick Johnson was Charlie Brown. Their rowdy fans were quiet until they began heckling Boston, which would have been fine, except they weren't playing Boston. Their astute manager was cool until he ordered the infield into a drawn-in, late-game position, a great idea, except it was only the fifth inning.
March 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Two 17-year-old girls have been sentenced for torturing and butchering an elderly woman, less than three weeks after a pair of 10-year-olds were charged with murdering a toddler. Again, a troubled nation is asking, how could this happen? Edna Phillips, 70, was throttled with her dog's leash and stabbed or slashed 86 times. The mental images of the crime have shocked the nation just as the video pictures of little James Bulger being led to his death did last month.
May 21, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Barry Bonds is in a slump. He's unsigned after leaving the Giants last season. Allegations of steroid use and perjury still hang over his head. And now this. The 43-year-old home-run king with the diamond earring and signature sneer was recently demoted from his high-profile front-lobby perch at the local wax museum. Workers removed the head from the bulky torso and carted him in pieces downstairs to join the other sport figures.
June 14, 2007 | Jonathan Chait, JONATHAN CHAIT is a contributing editor to Opinion and a senior editor at the New Republic.
ONE OF THE annoying things about the debate over the Iraq war is the constant flurry of accusations of hypocrisy. If you favored the war when it started but later decided it was a bad idea, or opposed it from the beginning but think it would be a mistake to leave, somebody, somewhere is going to accuse you of flip-flopping.
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