May 5, 2012
Re "Outside groups lead the charge," May 3 Wouldn't democracy be better served if there was a nonpartisan filter through which both sides would be threaded? All the "outside groups" should have the information in their ads would be fact-checked before release. The system followed now permits false claims, downright lies or, at best, shades of the truth with important omissions. This is no way to run an honorable political campaign. Anita C. Singer Laguna Woods ALSO: Letters: Ban the boarders Letters: Funding L.A.'s parks Letters: Adult education is worth saving
January 24, 2011 |
In a Vietnamese jungle on Sept. 4, 1969, the stubby bullet of a Russian-made AK-47 ripped into the skull of Army Spc. Leonard Rugh, then 24. It didn't stop until it had torn through his brain's right frontal lobe, powered its way through the right parietal lobe and lodged itself in the dome of his helmet. Against all odds, Rugh survived. But what happened after bespeaks the critical importance of the society that surrounds a survivor of penetrating brain injury. In Rugh's case, no one in the world beyond his hospital bed was more important than his bride of three years, Luanna Rugh, who remains, 42 years later, his chief cheerleader and primary caregiver.
September 29, 2010 |
OK, what do you think of when I say "lawn bowling"? Bagpipes and daiquiris? The Duke of Beaufort? I can barely conjure up a visual myself. To me, lawn bowling is like a forced marriage between badminton and a clambake. Actually, it is so much more ? more or less. Even as we speak, the U.S. Open, the largest international competition in the nation, is taking place right in our own backyards ? Long Beach, Newport, Laguna. Of course, if you bowled in my real backyard, you'd kill three gophers and a Pekingese.
June 15, 2010
Making waves Re "Sailor's parents unswayed by critics," June 12 As a solo sailor with thousands of miles under the keel, and as a father of five, I can't tell you how incensed I am at Abby Sunderland's teenage prank. First, who says sailing when you are talking to daddy on the satellite phone every few hours is "solo" sailing? Second, who says a child adrift in a dismasted vessel in the Indian Ocean is "safe"? Finally, isn't child endangerment a crime in California?
December 30, 2009
Healthcare legislation Re "How Harry Reid threaded a needle," Dec. 24 As the Democrats and most people in the nation applaud the passage of the Healthcare Reform Act in the Senate, the man who deserves the lion's share of the credit is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who kept hope alive when almost everyone else gave up. First it was Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) refusing to support the expansion of Medicare, which he had previously advocated, and then it was Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.
December 27, 2009 |
Trips that can make a difference Regarding "Trips That Led to New Chapters" [Dec. 20] by Amanda Jones: After traveling in Nepal frequently beginning in 1990, several trekking buddies and I started talking about forming a nonprofit to better organize our efforts helping children and women there. The Didi Project ( www.didiproject.org) was born. While visiting Nepal in the fall, during boarding school vacations, we had the delight of living and traveling with "our daughter" Sabita, who now at age 15, helps a lot with the projects.