October 24, 2009
Now I know why the Dodgers chose to hold their champagne bash after winning the division title, instead of waiting until they achieved something more meaningful. They must have had a gut reaction that this would be their only chance to indulge. Good call, Dodgers. I would really like to root for the Dodgers again, because I've been mad at them since the days of Fred Claire and Kevin Malone and some of their ridiculous trades. At the present time, I can't, however. When Manny's gone, I'll belong!
October 18, 2009
Re "Straight talk on governing," Column, Oct. 15 George Skelton's article on governing struck home with me. He talks about Justice Ronald George, who eschews the merits of the initiative process, and why the Legislature is so dysfunctional. I can't remember a time in my life when I or one of my friends have started an "initiative" to change something in our state Constitution. But I do remember the plethora of "special-interest groups and lobbyists" who come forward every year with some harebrained plan to change something, all written in convoluted language that would have stressed even my former English professor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 |
For his next magic trick, Dale Salwak is going to attempt to pull international diplomacy out of his hat. That is the plan for the La Verne college professor, who has found that getting in and out of North Korea requires some sleight of hand. Salwak teaches English literature by day at Citrus College and performs illusions at night at places such as Hollywood's Magic Castle. His skill at floating mysterious zombie balls in the air and turning silk scarves into exploding flowers earned him an invitation earlier this year to visit the secretive Asian nation.
September 19, 2009
Re "Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme," Sept. 14 It is said that certain members of the GOP are concerned about the extreme views being expressed by members of the Republican Party and that they are looking for "cooler heads" to urge the party members to calm down. Please. About 10 minutes after Ronald Reagan teamed up with Lee Atwater, the "cooler heads" in the GOP began to be shown the exit. It is too late to prevail on cooler heads in the GOP; none remain. David B. Amos La Verne :: Michael Goldfarb, formerly with the McCain campaign, is under this delusion, as quoted in your article: "Do we look crackpot?
HOME & GARDEN
September 19, 2009 |
In 1949, Steve Gainey's father and grandfather started manufacturing pottery with equipment they purchased from Pacific Clay Products' closed Inglewood factory. From the original product line of dog dishes and crockery, Gainey Ceramics evolved into an architectural pottery maker, specializing in decorative tile and commercial plant containers for the indoor-outdoor "plantscaping" industry. A third-generation pottery-maker, Gainey figures his La Verne company is one of the last continuously operating ceramic manufacturers around.
September 12, 2009
Re " 'Freeze! Put your hands up!' Oh sorry," Opinion, Sept. 9 I was attracted to the Op-Ed; it was a catchy title to be sure. Michael Krikorian's experience was unfortunate, although not uncommon. As a Los Angeles police officer for 35 years, I saw countless incidents in which the officers were provided inaccurate information by a caring, concerned and obviously frightened citizen. Krikorian had a chance to gain insight from this and pass it along to the citizens of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2009 |
The potentially destructive white-striped fruit fly has been discovered in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, prompting the state to begin an eradication effort today. It's the first time this variety of fruit fly has been found in the Western Hemisphere, state officials said. Seven of the flies have been trapped in the La Verne area, and thousands of traps are going to be placed there in hopes of eradicating the insects. "The fly is native to tropical Southeast Asia, where it damages the fruit of many trees, most notably guava and mango," according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
May 1, 2009
Re "Sen. Arlen Specter switches parties," April 29 Sen. Arlen Specter is becoming a Democrat because he can only win reelection as a Democrat. Wow. Talk about raw moral courage. Remember John F. Kennedy's book, "Profiles in Courage"? It was about senators Kennedy admired because they did what they thought was right -- no matter the cost. Maybe somebody should send a copy to Specter. Most of the Democrats I know are Democrats because they agree with the positions of the Democratic Party.
April 20, 2009
Re "Right-wing extremists seen as threat," April 16 I'm very upset about the out-of-control spending by our government, illegal immigration and the takeover by our government (while denying they wish to retain control) of private industry. I'm also very conservative, and I wish I could have attended one of the tea parties. According to my understanding of the Homeland Security report, that may make me an extremist and potential terrorist. By the way, I'm 70, a business owner and a grandmother.