May 20, 2001
I could hug [school psychologist and counselor] Ken Williams ("School Days," Metropolis, by Valerie J. Nelson, April 22) for finally addressing the "name-calling to complete ridicule and total humiliation" experienced by many of our youngsters in today's schools. He knows that kids always have been mean to each other. He is right, and his determination and understanding are so welcome. Brenda Riese Northridge
April 20, 1986
What have we accomplished with this act of violence? 1--The threat of terrorism looms greater now than before forinnocent people around the world. 2--The Libyan people are more united as a group, and Kadafi will acquire more support as anti-U.S. sentiment grows. 3--We have alienated ourselves from our allies, who had made clear their opposition to U.S. military action against Libya. These are the costs that we pay for the feeling of "satisfaction" that we allegedly gain by retaliating militarily for past humiliation.
July 21, 1985
The success of "Rambo" is an American moral dilemma, as Charles Champlin uncomfortably pointed out. But he overlooks a major point--the Stallone film was not made for political reasons, it was made to cash in on American humiliation. I find this truly revolting. Having this brutal, vulgar film speak for those of us who tend to be conservative is as spurious as Hitler speaking on behalf of Beethoven and Goethe. Hollywood should hang its head in shame. It won't, of course.
August 20, 2005
Surely Daryl H. Miller ["Knight Has His Day in Bowl's 'Camelot,' " Aug. 16] is aware that "Camelot," like other Lerner and Loewe musicals, traditionally has been cast with a "non-singing" male lead actor. Thus he should know that the standing ovation Jeremy Irons received after his performance Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl was not just for his brilliant acting (which Miller backhandedly acknowledges) but also for his effective singing, which was equal to or superior to that of actors like Richard Burton and Rex Harrison who have tackled the stage role.