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October 5, 1985
As a reader who greatly appreciates the insightful humor and crisp writing of Mike Downey, I am now also impressed with his knowledge of several sports. Specifically, his warnings to Larry Holmes four days before the fight with Michael Spinks. JERRY M. MOORE Los Angeles
June 8, 1986
For a book about the "spicy" line of pulp magazines (Spicy Detective, Spicy Mystery, etc.) published by Culture Publications in the 1930s, I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge or examples of the stories and authors of this genre. SIDNEY ALLINSON 24 Ravencliff Crescent Scarborough, Ont.
May 20, 2012 | By Peter Garrison
These days, the sound of the digital scythe being whetted makes me cast more lingering looks at the paper and cardboard relics on my bookshelves. At none more, since the announcement in March of their imminent extinction, than the familiar brown and gold, oddly titled volumes of my 1958 Encyclopedia Britannica: HYDROZ to JEREM, MARYB to MUSHE, SARS to SORC. During my teenage years, when my thirst and respect for knowledge were at an unsustainable peak, I resolved to read the Britannica from one end to the other.
July 28, 1991
It is extremely disturbing to hear an authority figure--(Judge Luis A. Cardenas; "Judge Likens Molestation Victim to 'Tart,' " July 19)--objectifying a 13-year-old victim to pastry. Not only was he blaming the victim--making her less than a human being but more than a young teen-ager--he once again perpetuated a very, very blinding misconception. Please allow me to set the record straight: Molestation has nothing to do with the victim's sexual knowledge, interest or experience; molestation is all about anger, control, violence and destruction.
January 7, 1988
As a CIGNA physician, I was horrified to read Al Martinez's column on Nov. 30. The horror resulted not from lack of response he got with his phone calls, but the lack of knowledge he displayed in calling the wrong people, and his abuse of power in writing the column. Mr. Martinez is obviously unaware that he called two clinics, which have nothing to do with the private practice model and have no knowledge of the method of obtaining any information concerning it. He could have just as well been calling about homeowner's insurance.
March 22, 1990
We are currently involved in a very tough knowledge war and our "Education President" is proposing to substantially hinder our efforts by cutting federal library funding by 71%. The winners in this war will be those countries who are strongest between the ears. Our competitors are very formidable--Western Europe, Canada, Japan, the industrialized countries of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Coming on fast are Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. We must remember that Sir Francis Bacon said, "Knowledge is power," and not diminish our power.
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