March 19, 2013
Re "GOP senator says he now supports same-sex marriage," March 16 Thank you, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for waking up to the fact that there are people in this country different from you. This is the exact reason I believe politicians should be required to take a diversity training course like the one educator and activist Jane Elliott teaches to children and adults as documented in the PBS program "A Class Divided. " In fact, go live in the world you are making decisions about before handing down pronouncements about other people's lives.
May 24, 2013
Re "Apple execs grilled over tax strategy," Business, May 22 Unbelievable, stunning, incredible that members of Congress have the audacity to bring the chief executive of one of the most successful companies this country has ever seen to grill him on Apple Inc.'s tax strategy (which, by the way, is perfectly legal) so they can try to wring more money out of him. Apple paid $6 billion in taxes last year; isn't that enough? Forcing Chief Executive Tim Cook to respond to legislators who have been on the public dole much of their lives and haven't done much in the way of intellectual innovation (or even fixing this country economically)
September 3, 2013 |
J.D. Salinger spent almost half a century hiding in plain sight. This is perhaps the most interesting revelation both in David Shields and Shane Salerno's oral biography “Salinger” and its accompanying documentary (which opens this week in New York and Los Angeles) - that far from being a recluse in the traditional sense, Salinger led, for a while anyway, an unexpectedly connected life. He traveled, he saw friends, he raised children. He interacted with the townspeople of Cornish, N.H., and Windsor, Vt. And, it is now confirmed, he wrote: at least five volumes of material that is scheduled to be published over the next several years, as well as a copious store of letters to acquaintances, admirers and romantic partners, some of which are quoted in Shields and Salerno's book.
April 30, 2013
Re "Lawsuit: State fails some English learners," April 25 The article does not mention two approaches to help those acquiring English, both with substantial research support. One is bilingual education, dismantled by Proposition 227 more than a decade ago. Research has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform students in all-English programs on tests of English reading. Also, studies show that Proposition 227 did not result in improved English proficiency. Second, there is strong evidence that those who do more pleasure reading in English do better on English-language tests, and case histories reveal that those who succeeded in acquiring the English needed for school were dedicated readers.
November 22, 2013
Re "Obama's reversal of fortune," Opinion, Nov. 20 Doyle McManus seems to be assuming the worst when he writes that "every individual story of someone dissatisfied with their insurance choices will serve as a renewed reminder that Obama made promises that weren't true. " Ironically, on the same page, as part of his interview with Patt Morrison, Kaiser Foundation head Drew Altman noted: "A lot is going to turn on what the news media do; this law is ripe for death by anecdote....
April 12, 2010
'Letters to God' MPAA rating: PG for thematic material Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Playing: In limited release
August 4, 2013
Re "What next for Snowden?," Editorial, Aug. 2 It's a bit disingenuous to say about Edward Snowden that "those who engage in civil disobedience should be prepared to accept some legal consequences for their actions. " "Some legal consequences" could be taken by many to mean solitary confinement or multiple life sentences. In fact, the U.S. had to assure Russia that Snowden wouldn't be tortured or executed; given our country's treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, it was an assurance that had to be made.
November 13, 2013
Re "Proud Bird leaving LAX," Nov. 10 I am dismayed that Los Angeles World Airports and the U.S. Department of Transportation have placed the LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant at risk of closing. This is not just another restaurant; it is an irreplaceable tribute to those who defended our country during World War II and to the development of the postwar civil aviation industry. The restaurant and its grounds are also treasured as a museum (with no entrance fee and ample free parking)
November 10, 2013
Re "France is having a midweek crisis," Column One, Nov. 6 The controversy over French children having to attend class on Wednesdays brought to mind a quote by a friend - a teacher - who once said, "The mind can only absorb what punishment that the fanny can take. " Too many hours during a single sitting do not necessarily translate to productivity. Rich Flynn Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Justice poorly served Letters: Legalizing street vendors Letters: Prayer and the Supreme Court