March 26, 2014
Re “Jonah Goldberg,” Opinion, March 25 Six words in the lower right corner of the Opinion section brightened a gloomy morning: “Jonah Goldberg has the day off.” Tom Turnley Santa Ana More letters to the editor ...
February 16, 2013
Re "GOP prevents a vote on Defense nominee Hagel," Feb. 14 I wondered why Republicans were so against gun control. But after watching them haggle over Chuck Hagel, I see where they would miss shooting themselves in the foot. John L. Uelmen Newbury Park ALSO: Letters: Waiting on Iran Letters: More on 'Lincoln' Mailbag: The Dorner divide
March 27, 2014
Re “Welcome, Professor Bieber,” Opinion, March 25 Fortunately (or unfortunately) we live in a time and place of almost unlimited choices as to what we ingest in both mind and body. We have access to junk food and healthful food, Internet garbage and Internet gems, TV treasures and TV trash. “Reality” and “entertainment” shows fuel our fascination with stardom and almost anyone who is in the public eye. Our obsession with fame has no doubt contributed to the rise in narcissism (think Lance Armstrong and Lindsey Lohan)
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
November 15, 2012
Re “ Thomas Cassidy, longtime classical announcer ,” Obituary, Nov. 13 Thomas Cassidy was the absolute master of his craft. As someone once said, if you could see him (on the radio), he would probably be wearing a tux. He introduced the recording and then played it. He read the gas company's commercials and that was it. There'll never be another. Bill Simpson Palos Verdes More letters to the editor ...
March 30, 2014
Re "An area primed for a disaster," March 28 Unlike earthquakes, landslides like the one in Washington state can be detected, preventing loss of life. For decades, movements of large sloped land masses have been measured utilizing inclinometers that quantify the magnitude and geometry of soil movements at different depths. The measurements, combined with numerical modeling, produce a three-dimensional imagery of the subsurface soil mass and its directional movements. To prevent future Hazel Slide disasters, government entities should mandate that developers install monitoring systems that transmit data to the U.S. Geological Survey and state and local survey centers for analysis so any necessary alerts can be issued for evacuations.
April 26, 2014
Re “The 'Mother Ditch,'” April 22 The Times' informative article on the discovery and proposed removal of a portion of the historic “Mother Ditch” leaves one key question unasked: Should this important piece of Los Angeles history, which provided the 19th century town with water from the Los Angeles River, be moved? Although relocating portions of the brick pipe to other sites is certainly better than destroying it, the right solution is to leave it where it is, preserved and visible as witness to embryonic Los Angeles and its always fragile relationship with its vital water supply.