August 2, 2008
Re "The Tour -- no doping, no drama," Opinion, July 25 You'd think that Joel Stein, who claims to have "been following cycling since 1994," would have learned something. The withdrawl of Ricardo Ricco's team following his banishment for doping was the equivalent of a baseball team quitting in the middle of the season, not "Major League Baseball just calling it quits in July." Stein can't be watching this year's Tour de France if he considers it to be "unwatchable." It's not all about superhuman efforts on every mountain, but team strategy, drafting and counterattacks.
June 5, 2008
Re "Make it a gay-old time," Opinion, May 30 Somebody should enlighten Joel Stein on the subject of "gay culture." He inadvertently suggests that California's non-senior population is wiser and more in tune with the facts of life than the writers of the Bible. He asks us old folks to vote against our collective "wisdom and experience" and embrace same-sex marriage. Does Stein seriously believe that same-sex "romance" is a relatively recent cultural phenomenon or overnight sensation?
August 3, 2007 |
The main difference between me and the average blogger is that I get paid. How long I can continue to earn a living off of something people do just as well for free is a question I occasionally ask myself, and one I frequently am asked by people who send me hate mail. It's also the topic of the Carr-Benkler wager.
February 16, 2007
Re "The shallow end of the think tank," Opinion, Feb. 13 Bravo to Joel Stein for his hilarious account of a week at the Hoover Institution. But he is too kind when he alleges that Hoover fellows "are kind of like professors who don't teach." They are also unlike professors in that their political position is bought and paid for, period. In truth, they are no more than propagandists for the organized right. If they want to call themselves "fellows," whatever that may mean, fine. But we should not tolerate them affecting the title of "scholar," as so many think tankers do. Nor should we equate them in any way with university professors, whose biases, at least, are their own. TONY ZITO Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Thank you, Joel Stein, for the first accurate piece on the Hoover Institution I've read in this paper in 40 years.
January 5, 2007
Re "Don't write me," Opinion, Jan. 2 In response to Joel Stein's angst-filled rant against the ruthless attempts by the public to connect with him, I hereby promise the following: I will not e-mail Stein. I will not call Stein. I will no longer read Stein. If enough people promise to follow the aforementioned measures, Stein will no longer have to worry about guarding his time from the voracious demands of his fans. RAMONA HALL Agua Dulce, Calif. Thanks, Joel, for standing up. E-mail, like cellphones and college degrees, is a great tool that in the hands of morons has become plaque in the arteries of civilization.
January 4, 2007
"Wooing With Writing: A Story's Quick End," [Dec. 28] is one of the cleverest articles you've had in The Times in a long time. Get rid of Joel Stein and give Stephen Krcmar his space. ERIC COOPER Santa Monica