March 2, 1990
I cannot find words, and you would not print them if I could, to describe the unkindness and insensitivity demonstrated in the Feb. 13 article, "Good Manners in the '90s," subtitled "What's a Polite Person to Do in the Age of Fax and AIDS?" The answers to your question, "If you're giving a dinner party and invite someone who has AIDS, should you tell your other guests?" given by Charlotte Ford, Sydney Biddle Barrows and Judith Martin demonstrated in varying degrees a lack of compassion, a lack of common sense and certainly a lack of good manners.
December 25, 1985 |
Like a fancy dessert served after a big Christmas dinner, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is almost too much, so rich are its wit and other comical ingredients. Almost. Somehow, one manages. Even on a day given over to so many other pleasures, the new production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy that is airing at 8:30 tonight on KCET Channel 28 is worth making time for (if only to set the tape machine so you can watch it in perhaps a less exhausted state).
August 20, 2010 |
When Emma Thompson donned a bulbous nose and a protruding snaggletooth to play the title character in 2005's charming family fantasy "Nanny McPhee," she was seen as playing a kind of anti-Mary Poppins, using a magical walking stick instead of a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Watching Thompson settle again into the taciturn character in "Nanny McPhee Returns," it's clear the actress absolutely loves channeling her inner Shane, playing a calm, authoritative enforcer who arrives, unbidden, to clean up a mess and then rides off into the sunset when her work is done.
November 5, 1989
Let's not be too hard on Mrs. Reagan. The old studio star system didn't provide the contract players with training in protocol, diplomacy or even, alas, good manners. MARY LOU WHITEMORE Brentwood
April 10, 1994
Regarding the letter from J.R.A. Borrie ("Offended," March 27): J. R. A. Borrie manages to convey more about himself than about us--his (American) hosts. It takes an uncommon amount of chutzpah and breach of manners to flaunt one's brash insensitivity as he has done. ANN R. BIEN Anaheim
September 7, 2013
Re "Fostering compassion in children," Opinion, Sept. 2 About three decades ago, some educators and psychologists sold the public on the ridiculous notion that schools should give students self-esteem. Participation trophies were handed out. Children grew up with the false notion that each of them was the center of the universe. Result: two generations of narcissistic, maladjusted twenty- and thirtysomethings, drifting in the wind because they discovered they are not special or entitled.