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August 13, 1989
The "filth and degradation" Roger J. Jensen sees in the homosexual life style (Aug. 6) is due to the dirt and ignorance blinding his own vision. A man who stumbles through life qualifying himself to pass judgment on another man's life style will trip and fall over his own greed and self-centered illiteracy. Men of vision respect and honor an individual's rights and have the courage to stand up for freedom, not bow to discrimination. I suggest Jensen cleanse his sight with education and understanding so that he will someday be able to read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of this country and believe in them.
August 9, 2009 | Steffie Nelson
Her closet may have been full of designer dresses, but Sharon Tate was a flower child all the way down to her toes. Most comfortable barefoot, she used to skirt the "shoes required" laws in snooty late '60s Beverly Hills by looping leather string around her toes and across the tops of her feet, and then tying the ends around her ankles. Voila: sandals. Even the Malibu Barbie doll, said to be inspired by the actress and her bikini-clad character, Malibu, from the 1967 beach comedy "Don't Make Waves," was barefoot in her box. Details like these seem trivial when held up against the events of Aug. 9, 1969, when Tate, 26 years old and eight months pregnant with her husband Roman Polanski's child, was murdered by Charles Manson's followers in her Benedict Canyon home.
September 13, 1987
In response to the comments regarding the Catholic Church being behind the times thus alienating some of its members, I am reminded that if people don't live the way they originally believe, they start to believe in the way they live. For example, wanting the church to adjust to our behavior to help us justify our "modern" life styles. We should be thankful that we have a moral guide such as the church because we don't do very well on our own. PATRICIA SCHMIT Rolling Hills
Those passionate about ballet will need no encouragement to experience the new documentary "Ballerina," and those who don't care will be tempted to change their minds should they see it. As the lyric from "A Chorus Line" insists, "everyone is beautiful at the ballet," and this film is dedicated to proving that point. Directed and in large part shot by Bertrand Normand with a digital Betacam, "Ballerina" is not a tell-all documentary that reveals hidden conflicts or unbridgeable chasms.
July 2, 1989
Mean-spirited is the way to describe the advertising "awards" handed out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest ("Deceit Brings Dishonor to the Worst Ads of '88," June 13.) The center claims to be a public interest organization. Who asked them to represent the public? Most people never heard of the Center for Science in the Public Interest until their nasty "awards" hit the news. The center is actually a special-interest organization whose main purpose seems to be to collect money to attack private enterprise.
February 6, 1988
I found the article "Home Wreckers" to be offensive. To glorify such conspicuous consumption with a featured story in these times of growing economic uncertainty, poverty and homelessness showed not only a cavalier attitude toward the less fortunate but also the embarrassingly vapid and shallow--although monied--lives of the Creans, who plan to live in only a small part of their mansion while the remaining 19,500 square feet just "sits there."...
October 8, 1990
Ellen Goodman's column ("Insult, Thinly Cloaked in 'Chivalry'," Commentary, Sept. 28) deserves a response. The intent, rather than the perception, of Sen. Strom Thurmond's greeting to the not-so- "lovely ladies" who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee prompted Sen. Alan Simpson's desire to clarify his colleague's statement. The panelists included leaders and spokespersons for women's rights and feminist organizations--women, in fact, who have little in common with, nor represent, the overwhelming majority of American females.
May 22, 1988
I felt a great sadness as I read the excellent article regarding Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. Their pending permanent exit from La La Land was reported and expected. However, I had hoped they would change their minds. Where will I go to find succinct and truthful evaluations of the West Coast life style? I find it hard to comprehend that Didion will not be around to experience events commonly shared by fellow Angelenos, especially now that the Reagans will be coming home to roost.
December 5, 1987
I found Christopher Matthews' article "Simon's Surge Reveals Depth of Democrats' Death Wish" (Op-Ed Page, Nov. 29) most interesting. I suppose he is right, but then again, perhaps he is not. Perhaps the people have finally tired of Reagan's benign neglect. Benign neglect of the unemployed, the unemployed, the poor, the homeless, the sick and the elderly, not to mention the national debt or the trade deficit. Perhaps, maybe, the people have even grown tired of Reagan's fatal attraction with that already overfed and gorged seductress, the military-industrial complex.
October 28, 1990
In answer to Jimmy Terry "Tired of Column" (Letters, Oct. 14): There are many people who enjoy "star gazing," and find it interesting and exciting to know where the stars live and how much they can pay for their homes. These people also watch TV shows such as "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous." Celebrity watching is a big business and helps support some of the middle class you are so concerned about. I would not begrudge these fans their pleasure any more than I would ask those who make more money than I do to not spend it. I wonder if your attitude would change were it you who could afford the "Hyper-Glamorous" life style of the rich.
March 22, 2009 | Andrew Harmon
There are certain inevitabilities to any figure skating competition. Plastic-wrapped flowers and stuffed animals will be thrown onto the ice. The audience will gasp at a botched triple Lutz, then break into mild applause for encouragement's sake. A gangly teenager will perform to music from an opera in which the soprano is either stabbed or leaps to her death. And, of course, there will be sequins, feathers, nude Lycra, draped velvet. And rhinestones. Thousands of them.
February 22, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
Serene Cicora craved a new black bag last fall, but couldn't come to terms with the $1,000-plus price tags on the styles she liked. So Cicora, an L.A. publicist, took her brown Mulberry Bayswater bag from several seasons ago and spent $120 to have it dyed black. The makeover gave her a key "new" piece -- and moved her $1,800 bag back to the front of the closet.
December 6, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Furniture Brands International Inc., maker of the Broyhill, Lane and Thomasville lines, agreed to buy Henredon Furniture Industries, Drexel Heritage Furnishings and Maitland-Smith for $275 million to gain more high-end brands. The No. 2 U.S. furniture maker will pay $175 million in cash and $100 million in stock to buy the three units from closely held LifeStyle Furnishings International Ltd.
March 28, 1999 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Beverly Beyette writes for the Times Southern California Living section
When my stepson and his wife, longtime Londoners, told us they planned to relocate to Guildford in Surrey, I could ask only, "As in the Guildford Four?" All I knew of the town was that, in 1974, it was the site of two fatal bombings by Irish Republican Army sympathizers. So when my husband, Gerry, a British native, and I visited last fall, Guildford was a pleasant surprise--a nice change of pace from London.
September 16, 1998
The Chow of Irwindale Big Mac attacks are more common in Irwindale than anywhere else in the nation, according to a recent poll.
Between the stalking school of photojournalism practiced by the paparazzi and the manicured glamour shots known as celebrity photography is a vast territory known as real life, where the camera rarely goes. The movie business is particularly reluctant to allow unpoliced cameras behind the scenes; the movies are, after all, in the business of manufacturing illusions. They certainly don't want to reveal the cogs and wheels that grind to produce their night of nights, the Academy Awards show.
July 31, 1986
As we packed for our 25th annual visit to Palos Verdes Estates and its glorious peacocks (we just cannot think of one without the other), we anticipated another pleasure-laden vacation. Instead, we are experiencing shock at the attempts to eradicate these long-established avifaunal residents of the community. I can remember long ago when many more of these birds roamed freely, playing a vital role in the early childhood experiences of hundreds of lucky residents. Many of the Palos Verdes traditions themselves have their roots in former mayors and council persons known for their affection for these birds.
January 26, 1988
There's no question that air quality is a major issue and source of concern to those of us who live in and love Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District was created because of a public demand that something be done to clean up our air. In his Op-Ed article, Benjamin Zycher (Jan. 13) complains that the AQMD has gone power-mad and is trying to force commuters to change their life styles. On the contrary, the AQMD is carrying out its public mandate to improve our air. Since about half of the "gunk" in our air comes from motor vehicles, it's clear that we must look at reducing that source of pollution.
December 31, 1997 | BOB SIPCHEN
In the coming weeks, as the names Louis Latimer, C.J. Walker and "Joe" drift into America's living rooms, Currie Ballard says he'll feel he's made progress toward repaying a debt. On Father's Day, Ballard stood in the Pioneers of Salters African Methodist Episcopal Church in Langston, Okla.
December 31, 1997 | JOSH GETLIN
Forming a local political group can be difficult and time-consuming. Creating an alternate political party is no picnic, either. But launching a national political movement composed of many different factions can be a nightmare. In 1997, Ronnie Dugger learned this the hard way. As co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy, he, along with thousands of other Americans, has taken on a target of staggering proportions: the transnational corporations that dominate so many aspects of modern life.
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