July 28, 2012
The Times receives between 500 and 1,000 printable letters each week, of which we publish about 70 among six pages. Though the letters draw plenty of eyeballs, they seldom draw huge volumes of response. But sometimes, a few words of the weekly thousands change that. In his July 22 letter responding to a Times editorial supporting abortion rights, reader Vincent Sheehy wrote: "Sex is for procreation. If a woman does not want to become pregnant, she should refrain from sexual activity.
October 25, 2013
Re "UCLA faculty survey cites racism," Oct. 19 The UCLA report on the university's policies on addressing accusations of racial bias mentions retaliation against a nonminority faculty member for speaking out against discriminatory conduct in his department. Something similar happened to me as a graduate student. The fact that my department as a whole was inclusive did not deter my advisor from making things difficult for me after I failed to show enthusiasm for his racial prejudices.
October 27, 2012
Re "Americans turning toward isolationism," Oct. 25 The United States has the moral obligation to take an active role in global affairs, the price we pay for being the world's most powerful nation. We tried an isolationist policy after World War I in the 1920s and '30s ,and the world was quickly drawn into the tragic quagmire of World War II. Leaders such as Hitler, Mussolini and Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo popped up throughout the world. I have always believed it's much smarter to help put out the fire in the neighborhood, rather than wait for it to reach your house.
December 26, 2012
Re "Firm lobbies, wins state work," Dec. 23 Deloitte Consulting invested (the polite term) $2.2 million in the California political system over the last 10 years and has won contracts worth more than $540 million over that time. Hundreds of millions of those dollars were for projects that were either over budget or abandoned. Deloitte's chump-change investment earned a return of at least 24,545%. To those voters who think public financing of elections is too expensive, I say, think again.
December 19, 2012
Re "A champion of cochlear implant," Obituary, Dec. 13 The Times closed its obituary on Dr. William F. House with his quote, "Deafness is such a horrible thing. " Yet my life being deaf, like that of many others, has been normal and even extraordinary, richly rewarded with sign language and countless blessings. I do acknowledge House's accomplishments. Still, this quotation, though eye-catching to the reader, is disrespectful to the deaf community and encourages parents of deaf children to feel more sorrow.
August 8, 2012
Re "OMG! Texting ruins kids' grammar," Business, Aug. 4 Your article on the ill effects of texting on grammar contains an unwitting error that exemplifies another issue in language: the need for broader knowledge and appreciation of words. The article states that a sentence used in the grammar test - "Worried, and frayed, the old man paced the floor" - is incorrect because "frayed" should be "afraid. " In fact, one proper meaning of "frayed" is "afraid. " The two words are related.
September 14, 2012
Re "Cable industry needs to stop its noise over law on loud TV ads," Column, Sept. 11 Here's a thought for the cable industry: If commercials weren't blasting in our ears, we might actually enjoy viewing them. Let viewers determine volume and we might actually watch ads and trailers that oftentimes are very creative, amusing and interesting. The cable industry should understand that if it doesn't comply, viewers will continue to take advantage of those minutes to grab a bite or to do something else.
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.
May 5, 2012
Re "A truly loopy tax loophole," Column, May 3 It's deja vu all over again. A provision of Proposition 24 on the November 2010 ballot would have eliminated the option that multi-state businesses have to choose between two tax formulas. Proposition 24 was defeated. Sandra Wolber Granada Hills ALSO: Letters: Getting Bin Laden Postscript: An anti-Vatican bias? Letters: A truth filter for political ads
October 20, 2013
Re “I miss you, daddy,” Oct. 17 Kudos to Jennifer Taylor, the kindergarten teacher in Palmdale, for knowing that teaching is more than robotically adhering to the California K-12 standards. I don't think assembling a care package for a classmate's father on deployment fits into either this year's standards or next year's - but showing kids how to be caring, supportive members of society certainly needs to be part of what goes on in school. Walton Kabler Granada Hills A note of thanks to Times staff writer Stephen Ceasar.