August 23, 2012
Re "Police find pot plants," Aug. 22 On the front page of Wednesday's LATExtra section, there was a photo of many heavily armed, helmeted police officers. Are they after a murderer? An armed robber? A child molester? Goodness no; they arrested about 100 marijuana plants. I feel so much safer now. Ann Bourman Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Making the call on an eruv Letters: Privacy in the modern world Letters: Teachers, unions and students
June 21, 2013
Re "Actor won 3 Emmys as star of 'The Sopranos,'" Obituary, June 20 One wonders how such a brutal character, Tony Soprano, was so appealing and liked by so many. It was James Gandolfini's kind eyes that betrayed him. Ken Johnson Pinon Hills, Calif. ALSO: Letters: Ethical research on chimps Letters: Abortion and the GOP agenda Letters: The problem with obesity advice
September 30, 2012
Re "Putting the SAT in its place," Editorial, Sept. 26 It is astounding that colleges are ranked partly on the test scores students got before they ever came to the college. How about judging them on results, not on what people think of a place before they ever get there? Rory Johnston Hollywood ALSO: Letters: Some clarity on pot policy Letters: Freeway noise -- get used to it Letters: Driven up the wall by robo-calls
December 21, 2012
Re "NASA is target of doomsday anxiety," Dec. 20 NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown says he'll be glad when Saturday comes and the questions end. Personally, I expect Harold Camping to announce on Saturday that the Mayans miscalculated the date. Kymberleigh Richards Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: Dealing with Hamas Letters: A tantrum by the rich Letters: When dying isn't easy
November 8, 2013
Re "End of Blockbuster near," Business, Nov. 7 When I rented VHS movies from Blockbuster, the cartridges carried funny reminders telling customers to rewind their tapes. They included: "To play is human. To rewind is divine!," "Be a friend. Rewind when you reach the end," and "Just to remind, please rewind. Thanks. The end. " Blockbuster had been struggling in the DVD and video-game rental business thanks to the growth of Redbox and Internet-streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.
August 29, 2013
Re "Stark gap in views on racial equality," Aug. 23 Surely no one is shocked that, according to a recent Pew Research Center report, a majority of whites in the U.S. believe racism is a non-issue. Asking whites about racism only reflects wishful thinking that the problem of race has gone away, but this warrantless belief has no objective value in the discussion of race. It puzzles me why there continue to be studies showing what we already know: that no person can intuit another's experience.
May 11, 2012
Re "Airstrike kills Cole bombing suspect," May 7 Not long ago we condemned the Soviet Union'sKGB for reaching beyond its borders to assassinate those whom it suspected of being its enemies. Now our CIA unashamedly executes those it suspects of crimes against America. This shameful drone activity not only kills suspected enemies but has also killed innocents. The Founding Fathers, who went to great lengths to protect against search and seizure, must now be restless in their tombs.
June 27, 2012
Re "Neighbors oppose veterans center," June 26 What if soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan occupied San Diego, where a charter school and residents in one neighborhood are working to stop the construction of a home for veterans? Would those neighbors not welcome a contingent of the military? These veterans gave, we took, and now they're in deep mental trouble. This should not be an issue. Let the school move for the veterans home. Barbara Barnett Laguna Beach ALSO: Letters: Pursuing perfection in dance Letters: Security and the Olympic spirit Letters: Why can't the parties get along?