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December 11, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
In a harrowing 2002 book, Jonathan Aurthur chronicled his son Charley's long struggle with mental illness and his suicidal leap, at 23, from Lincoln Boulevard into the morning rush-hour traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway. Eleven days after Charley's death on Nov. 1, 1996, Aurthur visited the overpass, peered down at the traffic and walked away feeling oddly liberated.
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December 11, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
In a harrowing 2002 book, Jonathan Aurthur chronicled his son Charley's long struggle with mental illness and his suicidal leap, at 23, from Lincoln Boulevard into the morning rush-hour traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway. Eleven days after Charley's death on Nov. 1, 1996, Aurthur visited the overpass, peered down at the traffic and walked away feeling oddly liberated.
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OPINION
May 14, 2000
Given Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's "very, very good friend-ship" with Judith Nathan (May 9), maybe he should be pushing for the Nine Commandments to be posted in New York public schools. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2001
Regarding the current "Rat Race" and the 1963 "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (Morning Report, Aug. 25): Stanley Kramer's widow, Karen Kramer, is, of course, entitled to refer to her husband's film as "a brilliant classic," but in fact "Mad Mad World" is an overblown bore that was seen as such when it first came out and has not improved with age. Kramer was a well-meaning, earnest fellow who produced and directed some important films, but well-meaningness and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1992
Regarding your article (Sept. 2) about Soviet misuse of atomic power: These policies may indeed constitute a great crime, particularly Soviet misuse of atomic bombs. But let us keep things in perspective. They never dropped one on anybody. JONATHAN AURTHUR, Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1998
Suppose they gave an impeachment and nobody came. Henry Hyde and Co. insist on carrying on their discredited vendetta against President Clinton even though they were repudiated by the U.S. public in the elections and even though it's clear that Clinton will not be removed from office. So is it any wonder that the public is totally uninterested in this psychodrama, which is more "psycho" than drama? And then they wonder why fewer and fewer people vote. Get a life, Rep. Hyde. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica The best Christmas present the Congress could give the American people is the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001
Am I the only reader who cracked up at the image of Secretary of State Colin Powell finger-waggingly lecturing Kenya's president about "free and fair elections" (May 27)? I had deluded myself that our own banana republic debacle in Florida last fall would at least force the U.S. to think twice before holding ourselves up as the model for the world. A vain hope. Such restraint would require a modicum of self-reflection and capacity for embarrassment on our part, not two of our strong points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001
Re "Fed Trims Key Lending Rates by Half a Point," Feb. 1: So now the Fed is lowering interest rates to try to block the recession that's coming because--well, because the Fed raised interest rates six times in the past couple of years to slow the economy in order to battle nonexistent inflation caused by nonexistent "wage pressure" from working people. And [Fed Chairman] Alan Greenspan is considered a genius because of all this. Personally, I think the emperor's clothes are also nonexistent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1999
Security and economic interests of the United States would have been better served if President Clinton had visited India, Pakistan, China, North Korea, or even Cuba, instead of wasting his time and taxpayers' money attempting to "make history" in politically insignificant Bulgaria (Nov. 23). GORDON L. FROEDE Cheviot Hills Has anybody noticed the little contradiction in President Clinton's speech in Bulgaria? On the one hand he patted the Bulgarians on the head for having become a democracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2000
I read that L.A. is once again the nation's smoggiest city, after being put in second place last year by Houston (Aug. 24). I was one of the cyclists arrested on Aug. 15 in downtown L.A. for riding our bikes and advocating "more bikes, less cars" and less pollution. As a condition of being let out of jail I was forbidden by the judge from riding a bicycle at least until my case goes to trial. I am, however, permitted to drive. It's nice to see that the LAPD and the judge, with their "ride a bike, go to jail" policies, are contributing to making L.A. No. 1 again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001
Am I the only reader who cracked up at the image of Secretary of State Colin Powell finger-waggingly lecturing Kenya's president about "free and fair elections" (May 27)? I had deluded myself that our own banana republic debacle in Florida last fall would at least force the U.S. to think twice before holding ourselves up as the model for the world. A vain hope. Such restraint would require a modicum of self-reflection and capacity for embarrassment on our part, not two of our strong points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001
Re "Fed Trims Key Lending Rates by Half a Point," Feb. 1: So now the Fed is lowering interest rates to try to block the recession that's coming because--well, because the Fed raised interest rates six times in the past couple of years to slow the economy in order to battle nonexistent inflation caused by nonexistent "wage pressure" from working people. And [Fed Chairman] Alan Greenspan is considered a genius because of all this. Personally, I think the emperor's clothes are also nonexistent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2000
I read that L.A. is once again the nation's smoggiest city, after being put in second place last year by Houston (Aug. 24). I was one of the cyclists arrested on Aug. 15 in downtown L.A. for riding our bikes and advocating "more bikes, less cars" and less pollution. As a condition of being let out of jail I was forbidden by the judge from riding a bicycle at least until my case goes to trial. I am, however, permitted to drive. It's nice to see that the LAPD and the judge, with their "ride a bike, go to jail" policies, are contributing to making L.A. No. 1 again.
OPINION
May 14, 2000
Given Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's "very, very good friend-ship" with Judith Nathan (May 9), maybe he should be pushing for the Nine Commandments to be posted in New York public schools. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica
OPINION
February 20, 2000
Re "Police Slaying of Woman Violated Policy, Panel Says," Feb. 16: How can anyone take seriously Chief Bernard Parks' willingness to confront lying and criminality in the Los Angeles Police Department when he continues to defend the indefensible shooting of Margaret Mitchell last May? Two fully equipped police officers can't handle a 5-foot-1, 102-pound woman in broad daylight without shooting her? The officers' cover story insults the intelligence, and Parks insults all of us by continuing to stick to it. If leaders lead by example, Parks is showing by his stonewalling and distortions that the code of silence goes all the way to the top. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica Re "Shooting Broke LAPD's Rules, Inspector Finds," Feb. 12: Parks' attempt to analyze the initial tactics used by the officer who killed Mitchell, separately from the ultimate decision to shoot, may seem like a distinction without a difference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1999
Security and economic interests of the United States would have been better served if President Clinton had visited India, Pakistan, China, North Korea, or even Cuba, instead of wasting his time and taxpayers' money attempting to "make history" in politically insignificant Bulgaria (Nov. 23). GORDON L. FROEDE Cheviot Hills Has anybody noticed the little contradiction in President Clinton's speech in Bulgaria? On the one hand he patted the Bulgarians on the head for having become a democracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2001
Regarding the current "Rat Race" and the 1963 "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (Morning Report, Aug. 25): Stanley Kramer's widow, Karen Kramer, is, of course, entitled to refer to her husband's film as "a brilliant classic," but in fact "Mad Mad World" is an overblown bore that was seen as such when it first came out and has not improved with age. Kramer was a well-meaning, earnest fellow who produced and directed some important films, but well-meaningness and...
OPINION
February 20, 2000
Re "Police Slaying of Woman Violated Policy, Panel Says," Feb. 16: How can anyone take seriously Chief Bernard Parks' willingness to confront lying and criminality in the Los Angeles Police Department when he continues to defend the indefensible shooting of Margaret Mitchell last May? Two fully equipped police officers can't handle a 5-foot-1, 102-pound woman in broad daylight without shooting her? The officers' cover story insults the intelligence, and Parks insults all of us by continuing to stick to it. If leaders lead by example, Parks is showing by his stonewalling and distortions that the code of silence goes all the way to the top. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica Re "Shooting Broke LAPD's Rules, Inspector Finds," Feb. 12: Parks' attempt to analyze the initial tactics used by the officer who killed Mitchell, separately from the ultimate decision to shoot, may seem like a distinction without a difference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1998
Suppose they gave an impeachment and nobody came. Henry Hyde and Co. insist on carrying on their discredited vendetta against President Clinton even though they were repudiated by the U.S. public in the elections and even though it's clear that Clinton will not be removed from office. So is it any wonder that the public is totally uninterested in this psychodrama, which is more "psycho" than drama? And then they wonder why fewer and fewer people vote. Get a life, Rep. Hyde. JONATHAN AURTHUR Santa Monica The best Christmas present the Congress could give the American people is the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1992
Regarding your article (Sept. 2) about Soviet misuse of atomic power: These policies may indeed constitute a great crime, particularly Soviet misuse of atomic bombs. But let us keep things in perspective. They never dropped one on anybody. JONATHAN AURTHUR, Santa Monica
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