February 9, 2009 |
President Obama's plans to lead America out of recession rest in part on a task bigger than a moon shot and the Manhattan Project put together. His goal, which past presidents have spent more than $100 billion chasing with limited success, is to replace imported oil and other fossil fuels with a "clean-energy economy" powered by the wind, the sun and biofuels. The stakes are high. If Obama succeeds, he could spark a domestic jobs boom and lead an international fight against climate change.
January 19, 2009
Re "Spreading the atheist word," Jan. 12 There are many understandings, gained by those enlightened, of the nature of a universal intelligence that some call "God." Dawkins gets to choose, and limit his attack to the least defensible concept: a wise person, sort of like us, who lives in Heaven. He is correct; there's probably no God like that. William Vietinghoff Thousand Oaks
January 19, 2009
Re "A smarter stimulus," editorial, Jan. 15 I certainly agree with your point: "We need to equip students ... for the next industrial revolution." Yet on your front page is an item about USC quarterback Mark Sanchez and his multimillion-dollar future. Where are the front-page headlines about student-athletes' accomplishments, or our high school and college students' scholastic achievements? Has The Times, along with the rest of the media, reduced itself to making role models of wealthy-to-be athletes at the expense of promoting academics as a worthy goal of our youth?
November 2, 2008
It's always disappointing to read the architectural reviews in The Times because your reviewers don't seem to understand the bigger picture of Los Angeles ["No Time for Fancy Work -- Let's Get Local" by Christopher Hawthorne, Oct. 26]. After the Industrial Revolution, people moved to L.A. because they did not want Chicago, San Francisco or New York. They invented a new city, which is still what we are today. We are just experiencing growing pains. We now cannot have a big backyard for everybody, so L.A. will continue its "quick evolution."
July 3, 2007 |
Ten bucks here will buy you a chilled summer street treat of mushy pea sorbet with candied bacon and mint syrup. Then it's off to the opera for some bubble-gum Buddhist Busby Berkeley acrobatics. Second-city, easily overlooked, clearly insecure Manchester has just entered the festival racket. It's unlikely that this city will ever have the tourist appeal of such summer festival faves as Edinburgh, Salzburg or Aix-en-Provence.
December 18, 2006
Re "Yangtze dolphin extinct, experts say," Dec. 14 Who is China trying to fool? It remains among the biggest polluters on the planet. In 2005, China was responsible for two of the largest major environmental disasters when separate chemical plant explosions pumped 100 tons of carcinogenic benzene and other toxic compounds into two major waterways, the Songhua and the Yangtze rivers. In pure Mao fashion, the Chinese government delayed alerting 360 million people affected by the spill for 10 days while it figured out what to do. Are we really to believe the quote from the Chinese scientist concerning the extinction of the 20-million-year-old dolphin species: "It did not appear that pollution was a culprit"?