June 9, 2003
Re "Guards Union Accused in Probe," June 3: For the nth time a story comes out of the Department of Corrections about mistreatment of inmates. Of course all the quotes are from state, or prison officials, or the guards union, never a word from the inmates. Why are the media not pressuring Sacramento to permit access to inmates? Reporters are kept almost completely out of the prisons and in the dark by state law. How can the truth be found if only one side of a story is heard? Eventually most of these inmates return to society.
October 31, 1999
Mary McNamara's article on books brought tears to my eyes ("Reading the Reader," Fall Home Design, Sept. 26). All the book lovers had one thing in common: They considered their books friends. I feel that way, too. I hate to see a book mistreated. I can't bear to see them stored away in boxes. They should be on display, even if that means stacking them on the floor around the edges of the room. The description of how one looks forward to having a library of one's own was great. That, too, is one of my fondest wishes.
September 5, 2000 |
What do you think Yankee owner George Steinbrenner likes better, winning titles or working his players over in the New York tabloids? Steinbrenner once called Hideki Irabu a "fat toad" (he knew whereof he spoke that time, being on the overstuffed side, himself). Last week he blasted reliever Jeff Nelson, who complained about not being used enough before giving up a game-losing grand slam to Seattle's Edgar Martinez.
December 24, 1995 |
Downey's California: --Don't feel too sorry for that New York Yankee employee who got fired three days before Christmas. Anybody stupid enough to work for George Steinbrenner should know what he or she is getting into, from Darryl Strawberry to Jerry Seinfeld's friend George Costanza, and anybody who complains about being mistreated by Steinbrenner is like a mouse who complains about being mistreated by a cat. --Next time Pat Riley visits New York, he'll go for a boo-peat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1992
This is in response to William Tanner's allegation that he was victimized and abused by my office when he ran unsuccessfully for the office of director of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District in 1990 ("Make Elections Process Easier," March 6). He claims that a law is needed to prevent unfair treatment at the hands of election officials. Such legislation is unnecessary. All candidates are provided with a written cost estimate. The estimate also contains the warning that it is only an estimate based on printing costs and an unknown number of candidates who will share the cost.
March 25, 2001
Regarding: "QE2: All Dolled Up With Places to Go" (Cruise Views, Feb. 25): Please cancel your syndicated "Cruise Views" column and stop payment on = the last check. Freeloaders Shirley Slater and Harry Basch rewrote a Queen = EliElizabeth 2 press release and itinerary. Our only evidence they'd actually been on board was their discovery that a ship suite is larger than an airline seat. Duh! Had they actually sailed on the dowager, they would have told us the public areas are crowded; the food is average; ; Harrods is a souvenir claptrap; and the entertainment is largely cast from summer stock.