CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1999
I commend Walter Russell Mead (Opinion, Oct. 24) for his insightful analysis of the boom and bust cycles of economic growth and their implications for developing nations. He does, however, make one error. The Amazon rubber boom of the late 19th century was not associated with plantation agriculture, but rather was based on the exploitation of natural or "wild" rubber. It was the removal (or theft) of hevea brasilense seedlings and the setting up of rubber plantations in Southeast Asia that dimmed the lights of the Manaus opera house.
September 29, 1996
Kenneth Turan's "I, the Jury" (Sept. 22) wonderfully places the experience of serving on a film festival jury within the sociopolitical context of the English-French dynamic that is the essence of Montreal. His brief yet insightful analysis of the realities (and absurdities) of life in Montreal added substantially to the description of the jury experience. Having spent the majority of my life living in and coming to grips with the political situation in Quebec, I would encourage Turan to expand his political analysis into a feature-length article.
May 17, 2003
Barbara Ehrenreich (Opinion, May 11) points out the irony of the Bush administration pushing forward with a welfare state in Iraq while simultaneously opting for an entirely different and regressive agenda here at home. She asks whether something has melted the administration's "hard little hearts." The answer is no. But sheer terror on the part of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld triad has become a driving force in the evolution of its strategy for occupation. Commenting on the looting in Baghdad, Ehrenreich reminds us of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's insightful analysis: "It's untidy.
July 1, 2006
Re "Meet Islam's Ann Coulter," Current, June 25 Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein was right on the mark with his insightful analysis of Wafa Sultan. People like Sultan turn extolling the virtues of Christians and Jews not into an exercise in educating fellow Muslims but into an exercise in self-promotion. They take the praise to the point where it's exposed as cheap ingratiation meant to advance their personal careers. The rabbi noted: "Progress in the Muslim world was not her interest."
February 1, 1995 |
On a clear day you can hear forever. If you've caught some of the O.J. Simpson trial on television, you know that--according to hundreds, perhaps thousands of attorneys providing reasoned, objective analysis--Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. hasn't a prayer. Marcia Clark's goose is cooked. The defense has its back against the wall. The prosecution has its back against the wall. Judge Lance A. Ito's rulings have been measured, appropriate, impeccable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1993
Applause to you on the editorial side for timely, thoughtful and insightful analysis and commentary. Your special editorial, "And Now, What Will Be the Verdict on Los Angeles Itself?" (April 18), together with Monday's editorial ("A Weekend to Remember"),set a calming tone. Yet, the words capture the message of our Angst and our hopes. Tough love is what you've achieved. Kudos to all at The Times, especially on the editorial page, for being so resolute, balanced and professional.