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
February 14, 2004
Regarding the article about William Hung ("Off-Key, On the Map," by Shawn Hubler, Feb. 6), you inadvertently reveal a judiciously maintained but rather obvious secret, that Hung, like every other candidate for "American Idol," went through a careful selection process before ever facing the draconian judging panel of Simon, Paula and Randy. One can't help assume, having heard Hung attempt to sing, that his original auditioners knew perfectly well they were slipping in a dud to spice up the show.
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.