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January 29, 2013 |
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Los Angeles has had its share of so-so mayors, and it'd be nice to have a great one for a change. Readers agreed, but said they weren't sure there was greatness in the current crop of candidates. And that was before Monday night's televised debate, which bolstered their point. For the most part, the five candidates came off as competent but not compelling. There was no presence, no magic, no star quality. "What an uninspiring bunch," wrote Peter Weinberger, a Pico-Robertson resident.
May 2, 2009
Fishermen, surfers and swimmers should carry ducks with them at all times because Sharks seem to gag on Duck meat. Howard Cohen North Hills
June 7, 2008
The Zen Master needs to start channeling Pat Riley and get through to his soft-as-Charmin Lakers that unless they rebound the basketball like they own it, there are two chances his team will beat the Celtics in this series: slim and none . . . and slim is blocking out. Howard Cohen North Hills After the award-winning dive, being carried off the court by fellow teammates, and subsequent jogging back out of the locker room minutes later, Paul...
January 27, 2007
Before USC retires the jersey of Harold Miner, it ought to retire Gus Williams' jersey. Unlike Miner, he did not have a "cup of coffee" in the NBA; he broke the NBA career steals record (since broken by others) and won an NBA title with Seattle. Young people who follow USC have no concept of how good Williams was -- in the era of Wooden, Walton, Wilkes, Hollyfield and Lee (and banners) across town. HOWARD COHEN North Hills
July 17, 2004
Frank McCourt says he would consider selling "naming rights" to Dodger Stadium [July 11]. Does this portend that in the future, Vin Scully opens a telecast with, "Hi everybody, and welcome to Dodger baseball from Farmer John Dodger Stadium on this beautiful night for a ballgame." Howard Cohen North Hills
December 11, 2003
Re Al Gore endorsing Howard Dean, Dec. 9: How many times do the Democrats have to hear that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is White House political advisor Karl Rove's "dream candidate" before they wake up and look to the centrists for their nominee? If it's Dean versus Bush in '04, look for a Democratic defeat sadly reminiscent of the George McGovern/Michael Dukakis fiascoes. A save might be possible with a Dean-Wesley Clark ticket, but the very thought brings to mind the highly unlikely image of flying pigs.